Fertility

Ovarian Cysts
9th Feb

2015

Women in their reproductive years are constantly producing ovarian cysts – in fact every month a cyst (or the correct technical name follicle) develops in the ovary and may be seen on an ultrasound.   Many women worry about an ultrasound diagnosis of ...

Advanced Maternal Age
26th Jan

2015

These days many women are delaying childbearing into their 30’s and it is not uncommon to be over 35 when having a baby.  Previously the term given to these pregnancies was “geriatric” but the updated (more politically correct) name is Advanced ...

Ectopic Pregnancy
18th Dec

2014

Ectopic pregnancy is where the developing pregnancy occurs outside the cavity of the uterus, most commonly in the fallopian tube. There are other places where an ectopic pregnancy can occur including on the ovary, in the wall of the uterus or caesarean ...

The Cervix
24th Nov

2014

The cervix is the lowest part of the uterus but is very much a part of the uterus itself.  Its name comes from the Latin ‘collum’ meaning neck.  This part of the uterus is truly amazing since during pregnancy it holds in the baby for 9 months ...

Twins
3rd Nov

2014

Twins used to be a rare fascination in the schoolyard however they are becoming increasingly common due to a number of factors. In 2012 1.4% of births were twins. To understand more we should start at the beginning – how does a twin pregnancy occur? ...

Antioxidents for Men
2nd Oct

2014

Infertility is not just related to problems for women, but there are many problems in men too.  The finding of a low sperm count is a common in couples who are having difficulty in becoming pregnant, but in 30% of men with a low count. no cause is found. ...

The Journey of the Sperm
8th Sep

2014

Did you know that men make sperm every day?  In contrast, a woman is born with all the eggs she will have in her lifetime. It takes approximately 75 days for one sperm to complete its growth and development.  Sperm will travel from the testes where they ...

Endometrial Scratch
29th Aug

2014

As yet, we still do not understand all of the causes for why couples are not able to conceive, even when egg and sperm are normal, they make a normal embryo and then sadly the pregnancy does not grow in the lining of the uterus (called the endometrium). ...

Ovarian Reserve
21st Aug

2014

Women are born with all the eggs they will have in their life – unlike men who produce sperm every day once they have reached puberty. Women’s egg reserves reach their peak about at about 25 years old before they decline slowly until age 35, with ...

Epigenetics
14th Jul

2014

Our underlying “genetic” make up determines how our bodies function, what they look like and how they develop.  It is what makes us individual.  Our DNA codes our genetic make up.  It can be thought of as a set of building blocks, paired then ...