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Boosting your chances of conception

BMI Healthcare fertility expert Dr Hani Daabis is encouraging women to learn more about their current and future fertility potential and their chances of conception.

Dr Daabis, Consultant Gynaecologist and Specialist in Reproductive Medicine, Fertility and IVF and Medical Advisor believes women who are keen to have children but are perhaps not in the position to yet do so, should consider taking advantage of the technology available to check their ovarian reserve (an estimate of how many eggs left in the ovaries) and the methods to preserve their fertility.

“Female fertility is very personal and a woman’s age, family and medical history and lifestyle can all impact the chances of conception”, points out Dr Daabis.

Should a woman find she has a low egg count, Dr Daabis is quick to stress that it does not rule out conception.

“Successful conception requires fertilization of a healthy egg by a healthy sperm. Third party fertility treatments (donated eggs and sperm) are now available helping to make absolute infertility very rare.

Fertility Clinics provide a number of services including assessment, treatments and fertility preservation using modern technology including time lapsing imaging.

“Time lapsing imaging is one example of modern technology that can really boost a couple’s chances of conceiving through IVF and IVF combined with ICSI”, reveals Jane Skelton, Fertility Services and Laboratory Manager at BMI Healthcare. “Unlike previous techniques, time lapsing imaging means embryos do not need to be taken in and out of the incubator for monitoring under the microscope. Not only does this process cause minimum disruption, it also allows us to observe how embryos are developing at much more frequent intervals and to pick the ones most likely to implant”, continues Jane.

“By being able to choose embryos most likely to be successful, we can, of course, increase a couple’s chances of conceiving”, adds Jane.

Other modern techniques now being used include:

  • Embryo glue: To increase the chances of implantation of an embryo to a uterus
  • Vitrification: A high tech method used to fast freeze eggs and embryos for storage
  • Anti-mullerian hormone test (AMH): A simple blood test to estimate how many eggs a woman has left and to predict the response of the ovary to fertility stimulating drugs.

Dr Daabis, at BMI Healthcare Chaucer Hospital, has 25 years of experience in women’s health. A fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Dr Daabis is registered as a Revalidated Specialist by the General Medical Council and Accredited Trainer by the British fertility Society.

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