Medical

Gain a good understanding of how your reproductive system works, conditions that can affect your fertile health, as well as fertility investigation and treatment. Don't worry, they're free from confusing medical jargon.

 
 
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1. acronyms

When you first enter the world of fertility you’ll come across loads of different acronyms in books, on the web and on social media, which can not only be confusing, but fairly overwhelming too. Rest assured you’ll soon get to grips with them.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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2. Pre-pregnancy immunisations

Immunisation is the process in which you’re made immune or resistant to an infectious disease, usually by administering a vaccine. Find out which immunisations are important to have pre-pregnancy.

Dr George Kassianos, General Practitioner, Immunisation spokesperson for the Royal College of GPs & President of the British Global & Travel Health Association

 
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3. travel: zika virus

ZIKA virus is spread by mosquitoes. A small number of cases of sexual transmission of ZIKA virus have been reported and there is increasing evidence of transmission from mother to foetus via the placenta. Find out which countries to avoid visiting if you're trying to conceive.

Dr George Kassianos, General Practitioner, Immunisation spokesperson for the Royal College of GPs & President of the British Global & Travel Health Association

 
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4. Why women have periods

How one of the greatest medical breakthroughs has impacted women from both a personal and societal stand-point. The impact this has had on their reproductive capabilities compared to previous generations.

Professor Charles Kingsland, Consultant Gynaecologist and Specialist in Reproductive Medicine

 
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5. Signs of ovulation

If you have a 28 day cycle, you’re most likely to be fertile 10-14 days after the start of your period and there are certain signs you can look out for including charting your cervical mucus and basal body temperature.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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6. Sperm & Eggs

Whilst boys are sperm factories, girls are egg warehouses. Find out everything you need to know about the production of sperm and eggs, as well as what they are affected by.

Professor Charles Kingsland, Consultant Gynaecologist and Specialist in Reproductive Medicine

 
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7. It's all about sex

Stripping sex back to basics by looking at human development through evolution. Answering questions such as should you have sex quickly or slowly, lying down or standing up etc.

Professor Charles Kingsland, Consultant Gynaecologist and Specialist in Reproductive Medicine

 
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8. Pregnancy Test

When to take a pregnancy test; the time of the month, the time of day and method.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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9. Early pregnancy

When to take a pregnancy test and the early signs you can look out for that you’re pregnant. The basic nutritional and lifestyle do’s and don’ts of early pregnancy.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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10. Female reproductive system

What the female reproductive system looks like and how it works, including hormone production.

Professor Charles Kingsland, Consultant Gynaecologist and Specialist in Reproductive Medicine

 
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11. Having & losing babies

An explanation of an often misunderstood event – miscarriage – what it is and why it happens. Also, a look into what makes us so successful at reproducing.

Professor Charles Kingsland, Consultant Gynaecologist and Specialist in Reproductive Medicine

 
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12. Coping with miscarriage

Miscarriage can be extremely draining, both physically and mentally. It affects both men and women in their own way. Here are some suggested ways to heal emotionally, including actions that may help.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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13. Ectopic Pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy is one which grows in a part of the body where it shouldn’t. A look at how it is diagnosed, symptoms to look out for and how it is treated.

Professor Charles Kingsland, Consultant Gynaecologist and Specialist in Reproductive Medicine

 
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14. Why men and women think differently

An explanation of how fathers tend to take longer to bond with a newborn baby than mothers who tend to bond straight away.

Professor Charles Kingsland, Consultant Gynaecologist and Specialist in Reproductive Medicine

 
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15. Assisted Reproductive Technology

A term used to describe a number of different fertility treatments performed to help achieve pregnancy. Understand what the following fertility treatments entail: IVF, ICI, IUI, ICSI, PGD, egg and sperm donation, FET and surrogacy.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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16. role of your Dr & how to choose one

Understand the role of your doctor; what they are trained to do and what to expect from them. Learn how to go about choosing the right fertility doctor for you.

Professor Charles Kingsland, Consultant Gynaecologist and Specialist in Reproductive Medicine

 
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17. First consultation questions

The questions you may be asked during your first consultation with either your doctor or natural fertility practioner to give them a good picture of your situation.

By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

 
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18. Role of a Clinical Embryologist

Understand the different roles and responsibilities of an embryologist in fertility investigation and treatment.

By Rachel Cutting MBE, Principal Embryologist

 
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19. Egg quality

Egg quality and its significance on the outcome of assisted reproduction treatments e.g. In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)

By H. Nadir Ciray, Senior Clinical Embryologist

 
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20. the birth of IVF

Understand how IVF came about, grew up in the private sector and has a strong commercial aspect associated with it.

By Professor Charles Kingsland, Consultant Gynaecologist and Specialist in Reproductive Medicine

 
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21. Gamete Donation

Many individuals may require the assistance of a gamete (sex cells) donor in order to create their family. This e-book focuses on egg donation, sperm donation, embryo donation and recipients.

By Francesca Steyn RGN, Head of Nursing at the Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health (CRGH)

 
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22. MTHFR Mutation

Understanding MTHFR (an enzyme critical for folate metabolism) has become more and more important for those interested in knowing how to improve their fertility. Carolyn Ledowsky provides you with a basic understanding of what MTHFR is, what role MTHFR plays in the grand scheme of your health, and if you have an MTHFR mutation that is affecting you, what to do about it.

By Carolyn Ledowsky, Founder of MTHFR Support Australia