PCOS & Endometriosis: What is the difference?
Unfortunately, it is possible to suffer from both PCOS and Endometriosis at the same time, so it is important to understand the difference between these two conditions. Despite shared characteristics, the two conditions are completely different. They require different treatment and management of these symptoms are not similar.
PCOS ultrasound vs a ‘normal’ ultrasound: What’s the difference?
Ultrasounds are often used by clinicians to help diagnose polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Most of us are familiar with an ‘external’ ultrasound which involves a small amount of lubricant and an ultrasound probe that is run over the lower stomach usually at your first 12-week pregnancy scan. PCOS ultrasound scans tend to be slightly different […]
How often should you have sex when trying to get pregnant?
If you are part of a couple that has been trying to conceive but haven’t had any early success you might be wondering what changes you can make to your sex life. Couples often ask themselves when should we have sex? Also, how often should we be trying? Let’s take a closer look to see […]
Fertility test results explained and what to do next
If you have been trying to conceive for over a year and consult a specialist, your clinician will arrange for you both to undergo a series of tests. Whilst infertility affects both men and women equally, if you have consulted a fertility specialist, you have been trying for 6 months or more and the female […]
Questions to ask your urologist concerning male infertility
Male infertility remains to be a topic which is not understood well. Fertility issues are often wrongly assumed to be a female issue, but the fact is that infertility is just as likely to be down to a male factor as it is a female factor. This can lead to men who are referred to […]
PCOS & Anxiety: Everything you need to know
The NHS define anxiety as a “feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe”. Everyone experiences this in their lives to some extent but usually the emotion is fleeting. But what if you are feeling anxious because you have been diagnosed with a long-term illness like PCOS?
Smoking and fertility: does smoking affect fertility?
The health impact of smoking has been a public health concern for many decades. Smoking damages nearly every organ in the body, but we tend to predominately think about the lungs – the impact on smoker’s lungs is usually the focus of the NHS quit smoking campaigns But smoking can also affect fertility in numerous ways. […]
How long can sperm survive?
Here’s a frequently pondered question, from as far back as teenage years: “How long can sperm survive?” It still remains confusing for many. But understanding more about this topic can help you to conceive. For example, knowing how long sperm can last in the female reproductive system can help you to time when you try […]
Fertility Options for Same-Sex Couples: what you need to know
Considering fertility treatment to start a family can be a daunting process for anyone. If you’re a LGBTQ+ person or couple and want to have a child with a biological connection to you or your partner, you may need to undergo fertility treatment. Here at fertility family we have compiled what you need to know […]