If you’re thinking about undergoing fertility treatment in 2019, there are several ways that you can begin to prepare yourself now both physically and emotionally and the Reproductive Health Group(RHG) have a whole host of great tips for helping you
According to RHG, it is important to consider the type of treatment that you might need.
What are your options?
The most appropriate treatment for you will depend on your personal circumstances and any previous history of investigations or treatment. Options available to you could include IVF, with or without donor eggs or sperm, ICSI, IUI, surgical sperm retrieval or surrogacy.
Do you need a fertility assessment?
If you’ve never previously had your fertility assessed, consider a fertility check such as those we offer at Reproductive Health Group for men, women or couples. In addition to a standard semen analysis our male assessment also includes a sperm DNA fragmentation test, to look for any genetic abnormalities in the sperm, and a sperm aneuploidy test to assess the ability of the sperm to fertilise an egg. Chromosomal and genetic blood testing is also performed. Our female fertility check starts by looking at ovarian function and the couples check looks at male and female factors combined.
Get in shape physically
Being in the best possible condition physically before you start treatment will increase the chances of a successful outcome. Maintain a healthy weight and keep fit without overdoing exercise, as this could affect ovulation in women and sperm production in men. Smoking can not only affect fertility but can also potentially increase the chances of problems in pregnancy. If you’re unsure about the best diet to follow at this time, a session with our nutritional therapist may be helpful.
Get in shape mentally
Preparing for and undergoing fertility treatment can undoubtedly be a daunting experience emotionally but some patients find complementary therapies of benefit. Two of the most popular therapies with an established record of managing emotional stress before and during treatment are acupuncture and reflexology. At Reproductive Health Group we have experienced complementary practitioners working alongside the clinical team to create a holistic approach. For those of our patients who opt to have acupuncture before and after their embryo transfer, their therapist can visit them in the privacy of their own room on our ward.
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It can also be very helpful when researching a fertility clinic to visit the centre, to meet some of the staff in person and to see the facilities. At Reproductive Health Group we offer a personal tour of our state-of-the-art clinic, the Centre for Reproductive Health, by our dedicated and friendly care coordinator.
After the tour you will be introduced to our clinical director, Professor Luciano Nardo, and have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have during an informal 15 minute meeting. Professor Nardo leads our team of experts and has personal responsibility for the care of all of our patients. It’s very easy to book one of our personal tours, simply call us on 01925 202180 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.