What are the fertility treatment options?

IVF in the UK

Fertility treatment options can be divided into three broad categories, which may require the use of one or more options: Medicines Assisted Conception (Procedures such as IVF) Surgical Procedures Medicines Certain conditions, particularly polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), require medications to treat hormone imbalances that can cause problems with ovulation. The most common examples are shown […]

In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) in the UK

IVF in the UK

Each country offers something slightly different for IVF patients, ranging from treatment designed to be convenient and affordable to “high-end”, advanced IVF packages. The UK fertility sector prides itself on delivering high quality treatment and safe care. All UK IVF clinics are monitored by an independent regulator, (the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, or HFEA). That […]

What can I do after embryo transfer to increase success?

Embryo transfer

What can I do after embryo transfer? You will be told what medication to take by the clinic nurse after embryo transfer. You will need a supply of panty liners or sanitary pads; in case of spotting or bleeding. Relax for the rest of the day and evening. Full bed rest is not required following your […]

360° Me

360 Me

Hello and welcome to our first issue of 360° Me – the first magazine to take a holistic approach to the reproductive health, general health and wellbeing of women and men. 360° Me is brought to you by the team at Gynii Me Limited, a company dedicated to empowering and supporting individuals and couples at each step of their […]

What are short and long protocols in IVF?

IVF protocols

A number of methods (also called “protocols”) can be used to stimulate a woman’s ovaries to produce eggs during IVF. The most common methods are long protocol and short protocol. Each approach involves scans to monitor how the follicles are developing for as many healthy eggs to be collected as possible.Your doctor will decide whether […]

How can I prepare for semen analysis?

Male fertility semen analysis

You will need to refrain from any sexual activity for at least three days, but not more than five to seven days before your sample is collected. This means no sexual intercourse or no ejaculation of any kind, including masturbation. Longer or shorter periods of abstinence may result in a lower sperm count or decreased […]

Am I eligible for IVF funding if I already have a child?

IVF funding in the UK

This is a good question with a complicated answer. The short answer is that whether the NHS will fund your IVF depends on the local eligibility criteria.  You may have heard the term “postcode lottery” when it comes to accessing IVF in the UK, as the eligibility criteria depends on where you live. Scotland and Northern […]

Tom’s story – my parents’ struggle with infertility and what it taught me

Thomas Hopkins

I clearly remember the day that Chris, my twin brother and I learnt that we were “IVF babies”. In a heart-to-heart conversation, my parents explained that, for some time, they had struggled to conceive. They eventually sought help from a fertility specialist and with the assistance of IVF – and to my parents’ utter delight […]

What vitamins and supplements should I take before IVF?

IVF vitamin

Eating a healthy and balanced diet will help you get most of the vitamins and minerals that you need for a healthy pregnancy. However, women are recommended to take 400mcg folic acid tablets every day for 3 months before pregnancy and until 12 weeks of pregnancy. Folic acid is important for the healthy development of […]

Embryo transfer FAQ

Embryo transfer

What is the difference between a natural and medicated frozen embryo transfer (FET) cycle? Two types of approaches are used in embryo transfer for monitoring and preparing the lining of the uterus for transfer. These include a natural frozen embryo transfer (FET) cycle and a medicated frozen embryo transfer cycle. FET treatment involves transferring the embryo at the ideal time in the ovulation cycle and when the lining of the uterus is at the right […]