Fertility treatments for single women

If you missed our live webinar for solo mums, catch up on it here to listen to RHG’s Professor Nardo and fertility coach Mel Johnson who has been through this journey herself chat about fertility options for anyone considering solo motherhood, answering questions on both the medical and the practical and emotional aspects.

You can also hear details of how you can book a free mini consultation with Professor Nardo to explore your individual options in more detail and about courses that Mel runs for anyone thinking of taking this route to becoming a mum.

Explaining Unexplained Infertility - Podcast

What does a diagnosis of ‘unexplained infertility’ really mean? Does more advanced testing available now mean that a cause can be found for subfertility that would have been labelled ‘unexplained’ in the past? What part do emotional factors play in subfertility?

RHG’s Clinical Director Professor Nardo was recently invited to talk about these issues with Natalie Silverman of ‘The Fertility Podcast’ and Kate Davies of ‘Your Fertility Journey’.

The discussion was also broadcast on UK Health Radio:

 

How to plan your egg donation cycle - Webinar

Are you considering an IVF cycle with egg donation but have some questions you would like answering?

Our webinar on ‘How to plan your egg donation cycle’ recorded in conjunction with Dr Maria Arque of Fertty International and fertility coaches Andreia Trigo and Mel Johnson, who are both part of our Patient Support Partners programme, can help with some of the most common queries:

Fertility counselling for same sex couples

Considering fertility treatment can be difficult for any family, but the road can be even tougher for LGBTQ families.

The good news is, that now, more than ever before, there are more options available for these couples who are ready to grow their families.  Seeking fertility treatment in private clinics is becoming increasingly common for same sex couples and there are a myriad of therapies, like counselling, that can support you on your journey.

For same sex couples who are looking to have a biological connection to their children there are three options, which are intra-uterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), or surrogacy. Typically, IUI is the main treatment used for female couples looking to start their family; and IVF can also be used if the couples is experiencing fertility issues.  For male couples, surrogacy is the main treatment used and within that treatment they can chose between gestational or traditional surrogacy.

However, there are many emotional implications associated with these treatments and counselling can be useful to explore the challenges that same sex couples might face as they are growing their family.  In the beginning of the journey we can discuss if donor conception the right choice for you, the implications of using donor gametes and the intricacies of what it means for a same sex couple to start a family in a world where bias and prejudice still exists.  We can talk about how your friends and family might react, and how this might affect those relationships.  We can discuss what all this means for you as a couple, how it might affect your future children and how, as a family, you can prepare for this.    As your counsellor I want to ensure you have the right support throughout your journey because the most important aspect of fertility counselling is that you feel supported throughout the entire process.  I endeavour to create a warm, safe, affirming and non-judgemental space to discuss anything that may for you during your fertility journey.

Article by BICA accredited counsellor, Jamie Forster, one of our Patient Support Partners.

Fertility counselling for single parents

Today, more than ever, it seems like our priorities are shifting and as we find our new individual autonomy in this modern world, many people are making the choice to delay parenthood.

We are travelling more, building careers, and really engaging the right to wait to have children until the time is right for each individual.  This shift in perspective means that there is less pressure to get married and have children as soon as possible, and it means people are waiting longer.  However, this means that sometimes the desire to have children comes before the relationship, or sometimes the relationship fails before desire.  Either way if you are single and considering starting your own family, there are many things to think about before you embark on this journey and counselling is a fantastic opportunity to discuss the key issues that arise from pursuing single parenthood.

There are many options for single women to have children, including egg freezing, home insemination, intrauterine insemination (IUI), in-vitro fertilization (IVF), surrogacy.  For men, the options for having biological children are limited to surrogacy, but in both instances, there are many factors to consider before beginning treatment.

Counselling will give you the opportunity to discuss the different treatment options and look at how this might affect your current relationships with friends and family.  We can explore what this alternative family arrangement means to you and how well you are equipped to deal with the judgments and biases that still exist in today’s society.  We will talk about the implications of using donor gametes and what that means in terms of legal parentage, donor rights and the rights of your future child.  However, the most important aspect of fertility counselling is that you have a warm, empathic and non-judgmental place where you can explore the emotions, issues, or questions that will arise as a part of your journey to become a parent.

Article by BICA accredited counsellor, Jamie Forster, one of our Patient Support Partners.

How to plan your egg donation cycle
Fertility Friendly Recipe - Liver Loving Smoothie

In our final fertility friendly recipe from RHG Partner, Rosie Tadman, we focus on the liver with a fruit and veg packed smoothie. If you would like to view Rosie’s other recipes, you can access them via the links below:

Our liver is our body’s filtration system. It takes everything we put into our bodies—whether it is swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin and separates the nutrients that the body needs and prepares to dispose of metabolic waste, toxins and excess substances.

Keeping your liver healthy is critical to your overall health, including our fertility and healthy hormones. This smoothie is a great starting point to support your hard-working liver!!

Time: 5 minutes

Serves: 2

Ingredients: 

  • 4 tbsp. of broccoli sprouts (the secret ingredient) – they are liver detox powerhouses, as shown in this study here!!
  • Handful of spinach
  • An inch of fresh and peeled ginger
  • Half an avocado
  • 3 inches of cucumber
  • Half an apple
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • 8 ice cubes
  • 150ml water
  • One tsp of wheatgrass/barley grass (optional)
  • Half a pear

Method: Place all of the ingredients in a blender, blitz until smooth and enjoy straight away

Meet the Team - Danielle Featherstone

Danielle joined RHG in November 2016 with over 13 years experience in finance and credit control along with a variety of finance skills and qualifications. Away from work she enjoys socialising with friends, travelling and going to the cinema.

Danielle, what are your main day to day responsibilities at RHG?

I meet with patients on a face to face basis, dealing with enquiries and providing breakdowns of costings for treatment. I also raise invoices, ensure accounts are up to date, and look after credit control for the company.

What aspect of your role is the most rewarding?

I enjoy the face to face contact with our patients and making sure that they are happy with the information and the costings given. With our fertility patients, seeing them again when they come back into the clinic after finding out that they are pregnant is very nice.

What do you think makes RHG different from other clinics?

Our staff  and the one to one, personalised care that our patients get from our team. We get to know them and in some cases build friendships with them. Professor Nardo’s expertise is also a big part of what makes our clinic different from others.

Fertility Friendly Recipe - Beetroot and Mint Dip

Our third fertility friendly recipe from RHG Partner, Rosie Tadman, is a refreshing Beetroot and Mint Dip. If you have missed her previous 2 recipes, you can access them via the links below:

Beetroots are a fantastic source of the antioxidant resveratrol, which is thought to help combat against age-related infertility. They also supply nitrates known to improve blood flow to the sexual organs, making them useful for male fertility and for supporting a healthy uterus during embryo implantation.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves: 6-8 (as a side dip)

Ingredients:

  • 450g of fresh beetroot
  • 1 whole garlic
  • Zest and juice of a large unwaxed lemon
  • 1 tbsp. of coconut oil
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 30g fresh mint, roughly chopped
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 tsp of crème fresh (optional)

Method 

  1. Scrub the beetroot and cut into 8ths
  2. Melt the coconut oil and toss the beetroot it the oil/ drizzle the oil over beetroot on a baking tray.
  3. On a baking tray spread out the beetroot and the whole garlic bulb (leave it whole). Place these in the oven, on 200celcius, for 30 minutes, until the beetroot has softened.
  4. In a food processor/ blender place the beetroot, lemon, olive oil, salt, mint and squeeze out the garlic from the cloves.
  5. Pulse the mixture until roughly blended – do not do it until smooth – leave the beetroot ‘grainy’ and with texture
  6. Then you have the option to stir in crème fraiche for an added creamy taste.
Meet the Team – Karen Thomas, Registered Nurse

Karen joined RHG in October 2018 after with many years of experience of nursing in gynaecology and sexual health settings and most recently working as a practice nurse. Outside of work she enjoys listening to music, going to concerts, spending time with her family and walking with her dog.

Karen, what are your main day to day responsibilities at RHG?

On a day to day basis, my duties can involve spending time both in theatre and on the ward, chaperoning our ultrasound clinics, medication teaches for our fertility patients, completing consent forms and dealing with enquiries from our patients.

What aspect of your role is the most rewarding?

I enjoy the opportunities for patient contact most of all. Seeing our fertility patients from the start of their journey through to the end result is also extremely rewarding.

What do you think makes RHG different from other clinics?

We have a real emphasis on the multidisciplinary team here, with everyone working together for the same aim. As well as all the different members of our own team, we also work alongside all our different Patient Support Partners to help support our patients further still.

Read more on our Patient Support Partners here.