What to expect at a Fertility Clinic, Part 1 – Tests & Screening

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If you and your partner decide to attend a Fertility Clinic as part of your efforts to conceive, you will probably have many questions about the pathway ahead.

In the following series of articles, we at Pillar Healthcare will tell you what you can expect. We begin with what will be the first step at the clinic – a series of tests and screenings for both the female and male partner.

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What to expect at a Fertility Clinic, part 2 – The IVF process explained

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If you and your partner are attending a Fertility Clinic in your efforts to have a baby, you are probably wondering about the IVF process. That’s the procedure that most people associate with clinics and Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs).

While there are many alternatives to IVF which may instead be recommended by your specialist team, you will still want to know about IVF itself and what it entails. The IVF procedure is therefore the subject of this piece in our series of articles on what to expect at a fertility clinic.

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What to expect at a Fertility Clinic, Part 3 – Alternatives to IVF

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While IVF may be what you and your partner expect to face when you attend a Fertility Clinic, there are actually several alternatives to IVF which may be recommended for you instead.

Your fertility specialist will make their decision after considering all circumstances of your own particular case and in light of all your test results. However, whichever course of action is recommended for you, taking pre-Conceive can help the male partner to produce higher quality sperm and the female partner to produce healthier eggs, to increase the chances of success.

Its unique combination of therapeutic levels of 31 essential nutrients and other ingredients was the subject of Europe’s first clinical study into an all-natural fertility supplement, where it was shown to improve key fertility parameters in both women and men. Please feel free to talk to your specialist about pre-Conceive and how it can help you along your fertility journey.

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Pillar Healthcare’s Mark Whitney joins Expert Panel

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Founder and Managing Director of Pillar Healthcare, Mark Whitney, has been invited to join a leading international project that promotes restorative medicine and transparent science.

The Jurby Wellness Incubation Centre (JWIC) is based on the Isle of Man, British Isles. It is an open scientific collaboration of experts in fields related to restorative medicine and pursuing greater transparency in clinical trials and scientific data.

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Understand Your Menstrual Cycle

Understand Your Menstrual Cycle

When you know your menstrual cycle, you improve your chances of becoming pregnant. The first phase starts with the first day of bleeding during your period. Your body releases hormones, such as follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), that make the eggs inside your ovaries grow. Between days 2 and 14, those hormones also help thicken the lining of your uterus to get ready for a fertilised egg. This is called the follicular stage.

What Happens During Ovulation

The average menstrual cycle is 28 to 35 days. Ovulation usually happens between days 11 and 21 of your cycle. A hormone called luteinizing hormone (LH) surges, triggering the release of the egg that’s most ripe. At the same time, your cervical mucus becomes more slippery to help sperm make their way to the egg.

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Six simple ways to improve fertility levels

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Both men and women have several ways to improve fertility levels if trying for a baby. A daily nutritional supplement such as pre-Conceive will bring enormous benefits, as shown in Europe’s first-ever clinical study into the effect of a nutritional supplement on both male and female fertility. However, there are many other simple changes that can also improve fertility levels, and here we detail six of them:

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Fertility Apps – which ones can you rely on?

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A study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology, analyzing 53 online tools such as fertility apps and websites that aim to help women predict when they’re most likely to get pregnant, has revealed a shocking finding. It is that most simply don’t work very well.

The study analyzed 20 websites and 33 apps, but found that just one website and three fertility apps correctly identified when users were most likely to be fertile.

That site was Babymed.com, and the three apps were Clue, iPeriod, and My Days (android & iPhone).

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Worldwide fertility rates continue to decline

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The provisional fertility rates numbers for Q3 of 2016 are in—and the news isn’t good. General fertility has fallen again, with younger age brackets showing the steepest declines.

While some demographers are convinced that birth rates will rebound when ‘millennials’ grow older, this risk-averse generation may continue to dash fertility expectations. Other demographic indicators (namely Hispanic and immigrant birth rates) also point to lower U.S. fertility. All told, it looks like the expected baby bump has been bumped—again.

The overall birth rate is gradually falling because the percentage drop in birth rates under age 30 is larger than the percentage rise in birth rates over age 30. Keep in mind that under-30 age brackets have always accounted for the most births, though the margin has been shrinking over time.

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