Sperm Donation

The increase in requirement for sperm donors over recent years can be ascribed primarily to the changing landscape of those wishing to create a family. Traditional scenarios would have involved a heterosexual couple who required donated sperm to avoid passing on a...

Do embryos travel well?

An exciting part of being an embryologist at CARE is the chance to carry out research and having the opportunity to present the findings at National and International conferences. I was lucky enough to have my research selected for presentation at a recent conference....

How to choose the best embryo

How does CARE choose which embryo to transfer? IVF treatment generally results in the creation of several embryos. We aim to transfer the best one and are often able to freeze some of the remaining embryos. The best embryos are the one which will give you the highest...

Dr Bart Kuczera answers your questions on women health.

Question: I am 32 years old and have a nine month old baby girl. Since her birth I have had extremely irregular periods. Prior to getting pregnant they were like clockwork but now they’re not following anything remotely close to a schedule. Is that normal? I’m worried...

Working Life with Dr Ahmed Omar, Gynaecologist

6.15am Breakfast ls minimal – cereal and orange juice – before saying goodbye to the three kids, 13-year-old twin daughters and an 11-year-old son. I cycle to work in Sandyford, it’s the only bit of exercise I get, but it’s regular and uphill!...

Weight

There is a weight range that is considered to be ideal for fertility which is based on your Body Mass Index (BMI). A BMI of 19-25 is considered to be within the normal range. We know that being overweight or underweight can reduce your chances of conceiving. Women who...

What is Ultrasound?

Diagnostic ultrasound (also known as sonography or ultrasonography) is a non-invasive diagnostic technique used to image inside the body. The word “ultrasound” in physics, refers to all sound with a frequency that humans cannot hear. In diagnostic sonography the...
Stress management

Stress management

Dealing with infertility can be stressful. The experience of uncertainty can be profound. Emotions of fear and anxiety can become pronounced and overbearing. Learning how to manage stress more effectively may not only increase your chances for a successful pregnancy,...

Avoid Pesticides and Other Harmful Exposures

Exposures to pesticide, especially agricultural pesticides, may harm both men and women’s fertility. Pesticides affect fertility: Exposure to some solvents and toxins can adversely affect women’s...

Impact of high temperature on sperm

Sperm parameters can be affected if exposed to high temperatures. For instance, sitting in a hot tub day after day should be avoided, even if a man has no known fertility problems. Repeated exposure to high temperature through hot tubs or hot baths can affect male...