Success at The Pharmacy Show

pre-Conceive Success Pharmacy Show 2016

Pillar Healthcare has just enjoyed a massively successful trip to the NEC in Birmingham for The Pharmacy Show – the UK’s largest conference for community pharmacy professionals and their industry.

The highlight of the trip was undoubtedly how Pillar Healthcare’s innovative fertility supplement pre-Conceive was announced as winner in the ‘Best Supplement & Herbal’ category in the Product Awards held there. There were eight other nominations for the award, including brands that are longer-established and are of wider use amongst the public, but pre-Conceive was voted the winner thanks to its ground-breaking formula that has been clinically proven to improve key fertility parameters in both women and men.

Pillar Healthcare’s Managing Director, Mark Whitney, was overjoyed with the success.

It is always great to be nominated for such a prestigious award. Looking at the calibre of the other companies and products pre-Conceive was nominated with, it makes the success all the more special. It is always great to get the recognition for the hard work that goes in to creating and developing a product. Hopefully, pre-Conceive can go on to help more couples conceive naturally or with assisted reproduction…

he said.

Pillar Healthcare and pre-Conceive had already been listed as one of the ‘Must-See’ exhibitors at The Pharmacy Show, which is attended by thousands. This is due to how the company and product exactly fit the ethos of the Show – to showcase new solutions for the pharmacy sector.

Being both a ‘Must-See’ and an award winner meant the Pillar Healthcare stand was visited by a large number of pharmacy professionals during the two-day exhibition, and Pillar Healthcare is now looking forward to further expanding the availability of pre-Conceive in the UK.

Should Lifestyle Advice Be a Greater Part of Fertility Treatment? The experts say ‘Yes!’


In the United States, the ‘Practice Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’, in collaboration with the ‘Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility’, produced a report on other factors concerning fertility and conception.

Infertile couples often end up undergoing some form of assisted reproductive technology (ART) to help them start a family. As public awareness increases, many couples think of ART as a simple alternative, should they fail to conceive on their own. However, a study published in the online journal, ‘BMJ Open’, stated that many claims made by UK fertility clinics about the benefits of treatments beyond standard IVF procedures are not backed up by evidence.

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pre-Conceive now available at Amazon


Pillar Healthcare is proud to announce that its ground-breaking and all-natural fertility supplement for both women and men, pre-Conceive, is now available for purchase on Amazon.

The listing with the world’s largest online retailer is further evidence of pre-Conceive’s increasing international renown, and makes it more readily available to people who may not have previously been aware of it or tried it.

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Further evidence of the power of pre-Conceive


Ongoing analysis of data collected during our pioneering first-ever clinical study in Europe into an all-natural fertility supplement has yielded further encouraging news for male partners in couples who are struggling to conceive.

Our research team has found that sperm morphology was improved in 66% of male participants in the study – therefore giving them a greater chance of fathering a child.

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PCOS often goes undiagnosed


Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder – and most common cause of infertility – affecting 9 to 18 percent of women around the world.

Despite the prevalence of the complex and chronic condition, one-third of women diagnosed with PCOS saw at least three health professionals over the course of two years before receiving a diagnosis, according to a study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, is the largest to date examining time to diagnosis, and reveals what the authors say are “major gaps” in education and support for women with the condition.

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New insight into difficulties faced by some women in becoming pregnant

woman with test

Researchers in Southampton have found new insight into why some women have difficulty in becoming pregnant.

Endometriosis is a chronic condition affecting around 10 per cent of women and is associated with chronic abdominal pain, irregular periods, and lowered fertility.

In order to become pregnant a woman must produce a mature egg. Maturation occurs in fluid-filled structures called follicles in the ovary. The mature eggs are then released to become fertilised however eggs in women who have endometriosis are affected by a very hostile uterine environment that lowers fertility. It is assumed that the egg itself, before it is released, is not affected by the endometriosis.

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Men’s exercise and its effects on sperm quality

mens exercise

Research recently published in the journal Reproduction investigates the effects of various exercise regimens on overall sperm quality. The results show that just a few months of activity can make a significant difference. An estimated 1 in 3 couples find conceiving difficult because of poor semen quality.

Often, these couples only have in vitro fertilization (IVF) as a treatment option; however, poor sperm quality is known to increase the risk of miscarriage, birth defects, and childhood cancer.

Because of this, ways to naturally increase sperm quality are important for the health and well-being of current and future generations.

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Claims by UK fertility clinics not backed up by evidence

IVF Procedures


Many claims made by UK fertility clinics about the benefits of treatments beyond standard IVF procedures are not backed up by evidence, according to a study published in the online journal BMJ Open.

These can range from £50 for a single screening blood test to as much as £8000 for egg freezing packages. The researchers, led by Professor Carl Heneghan at Oxford University’s Centre for Evidence Based Medicine (CEBM), say “there is a need for more information on interventions to be made available by fertility centres, to support well informed treatment decisions.”

Infertility is a significant problem, affecting about 1 in 7 UK couples, many of whom seek medical help to have a child.

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Planning ahead for Christmas and special celebrations

Planning Christmas

The isolating and painful experience of infertility can turn Christmas into a time of sadness. The season itself is founded on the celebration of a special birth in history. It is traditionally a time focused on families and children. For infertile people, it becomes yet another reminder of the longing for child, or of a child lost.

For many, it is the thought of facing all the relatives that makes Christmas so trying. How can you best handle the people with all the intrusive questions and the ones with all the children around them? Who needs to know of your difficulties in conceiving? Who will give you appropriate support? How do you say it anyway?

Some people tell no one, others carefully select some close friends and relatives who they trust, and yet others tell almost anyone who is interested. When (or if) you do decide to tell others, it helps to be clear about what support you would like them to give you. You may prefer to be the one who makes the contact when you feel in need of support, rather than cope with well-meaning concern from others at a time that is not right for you.
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