What should I avoid before embryo transfer?

IVF Questions Answered by Experts

Here we share some of our fertility experts’ answers. Answer from:Raúl Olivares, MD Gynaecologist, Medical Director & Owner Barcelona IVF In my opinion, there’s nothing in particular that should be avoided before the embryo transfer. Of course, if you have been through an IVF cycle and your ovaries have been stimulated, plus you’ve gone through […]

IVF in Spain – Pros, Cons, Costs & Availability

IVF in Spain – Pros, Cons, Costs & Availability

Patients from many countries for various reasons are looking for a location where they can be treated by means of assisted reproductive methods (ART). Spain is one of the most frequently chosen destinations for IVF treatment and is selected not only by patients from Europe, but also from the United States, Canada, and Australia. What […]

ROPA in Spain – a legal IVF option for same-sex female couples

ROPA in Spain – a legal IVF option for same-sex female couples

New reproductive technologies have opened doors to alternative family models. One such technology is the so-called ROPA method which stands for “Reception of Oocytes from the Partner”. This fertility treatment allows same-sex female couples to share motherhood right from the beginning of conception. Using ROPA, one woman provides the egg, which subsequently becomes fertilised with […]

Donor races availability throughout Spain

Donor races availability throughout Spain

What donor races are available in Spain? The search for egg donors according to their ethnicity is always one of the first steps that any fertility clinic has to face, along with medical requirements, compatible blood type, and genetic compatibility. It is important to understand the availability of races/ethnicities from the point of view of […]

My experience of becoming a mother with the help of sperm donation

My experience of becoming a mother with the help of sperm donation

Clare: Here at Fertility Road, we understand how complex and multi-layered the decision to take the donor route can be. Often, people have already travelled a fertility journey which led up to and influenced their decision to take the donor route. Eloise, what was your fertility journey before considering sperm donation? Eloise: My husband and […]

Double Donation – How does it work?

Double Donation – How does it work?

The use of donor sperm in conception has been reported anecdotally for hundreds of years. In comparison, double donation, the use of donor eggs and donor sperm, is a relatively new treatment. What does Double Donation mean? Double donation should not be confused with embryo donation, when a previously created embryo is donated to a […]

Taking the Egg Donor route – will the baby look like me?

Taking the Egg Donor route - will the baby look like me?

I know this is important to egg donor recipients – otherwise I wouldn’t be writing about it. And I don’t want to mislead you into reading an entire article only to frustrate you in the final sentence. So here it is: Spoiler alert #1. Maybe the baby will look like you, or maybe they won’t! […]

Donor Conception is different – pregnancy and the early years

Donor Conception is different

Sharing your story In the first part of this three-part series, we explored decision making around donor conception at the treatment stage, looking at how it’s different and what that can bring up. This second article looks at the differences that can come up once you’re pregnant or have a young child via donor conception. […]

Potential UK Government changes and recommendations to Employers’ fertility policies

Potential UK Government changes and recommendations to Employers’ fertility policies

In the previous issue of Fertility Road magazine, Claire Ingle and Helen Burgess talked about entitlements, more specifically the lack of entitlements, when it comes to dealing with fertility treatment whilst in the workplace. To help change this, we at Fertility Matters at Work, amongst others, are working with MP Nickie Aiken in the UK […]

Spotlight on HFEA – the UK Independent Regulator’s top 5 priorities

Spotlight on HFEA – the UK Independent Regulator’s top 5 priorities

Clare: Welcome Julia. For the benefit of our readers who may be new to hearing about the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, please outline the current role of the HFEA. Julia: The HFEA is the UK’s independent regulator of fertility treatment and research using human embryos – the group of cells that can lead to […]

Varicocele and Azoospermia

Varicocele and Azoospermia

What are these male fertility conditions and how can they be managed to improve chances of IVF success? In my article, we will examine azoospermia and varicocele, and how they can be managed to best improve chances for positive outcome. If you and your partner have been trying to have a baby for 6+ months, […]

Egg freezing – what is involved and who is it best suited to?

Egg freezing - what is involved and who is it best suited to?

Background Women are born with all their eggs. Throughout their lives, they will use up these eggs until there are none left; this stage is called the menopause. Although women are born with millions of eggs, the number seems to fall rapidly so that by the time they reach puberty they probably have around 600,000 […]

Supporting IVF Cycles with Reflexology

Supporting IVF Cycles with Reflexology

Undertaking a cycle of IVF can be a daunting prospect and it doesn’t matter whether this is a first cycle or another cycle in one of many. It also doesn’t matter whether you are facing this prospect alone, as part of a couple or with lots of friends and family support, it can all still […]

A proactive focus to the Two Week Wait

proactive focus to the Two Week Wait

With my 30+ years of experience as a fertility nurse and coach, I’d like to share my top ten tips for thriving, not just surviving the ‘two week wait’. Many readers will know that the ‘two week wait’ is the time between ovulation and a missed period. For those undertaking IVF, it’s the time between […]

Embryo Transfer – How best to prepare for it?

Embryo Transfer – How best to prepare for it

What to expect when it’s time for your embryo transfer You’ve come through the first three important stages of IVF – ovarian stimulation, egg recovery and insemination, and now it’s time for the fourth and final stage – embryo transfer. There are different types of transfer: fresh, frozen, cleavage (day two or three), blastocyst (day […]

Canadian couple Stéphanie and Joël prepare for IVF at UR Vistahermosa in Spain

Canadian couple Stéphanie and Joël prepare for IVF at UR Vistahermosa in Spain 17

Let’s meet Stéphanie and Joël – a couple from Canada selected by UR Vistahermosa to participate in the 2022 Fertility Journeys Project. Updated, 19th of October, 2022 Since Fertility Road last spoke to Stéphanie and Joël, there have been some big steps forward in the couple’s fertility journey with Spanish clinic UR Vistahermosa. Since the […]

PGT-A (PGS): Costs Abroad Guide

PGT-A / PGS costs abroad guide

PGT-A (Pre-implantation genetic testing for aneuploidy) is a test which is used to identify abnormalities in the number of chromosomes in embryos. It was previously known as Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) and is a test which is gaining in popularity with patients across the world. The use of PGT-A is debated to this day despite […]

Egg freezing abroad guide

Egg freezing abroad guide

A woman’s chance of conceiving naturally declines with age. By her mid thirties a women’s egg quality has begun to deteriorate and her egg count will have decreased to the point where it becomes increasingly difficult to achieve and maintain a pregnancy. The decline increases and by her early forties the vast majority of women […]

IVF for the over 50s

IVF over 50 best clinics

If you a woman over 50 and looking to begin or continue IVF treatment it might be tempting to throw the towel in. Age and success rates seem to be against you and treatment opportunities might appear to be few and far between. But is that really the case? Should you accept defeat and turn […]

IVF Success Rate Calculators Reviewed – Can they really predict your IVF outcome?

IVF success rates calculator

If you are considering fertility treatment, there is a good chance that you have been frantically Googling IVF success rates. An IVF success rate is, in a nutshell, the chances of a successful pregnancy resulting in a live birth. This figure takes into account factors including your age, the cause of your infertility, whether you […]

How long do you need to take progesterone after IVF?

IVF Questions Answered by Experts

Here we share some of our fertility experts’ answers. Progesterone prepares the lining of the endometrium to help the embryo implant. When you’re going through IVF treatment, fertility experts prescribe progesterone starting from the time of the egg retrieval, and once you get pregnant, it is advisable to continue. For how long should you be […]

Egg donation abroad: anonymous donor VS non-anonymous donor VS known donor

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Many more people are considering egg donation abroad, and from my own experience of helping people undergo this treatment since I moved abroad in 2004, and then set up IVF Treatment Abroad in 2009 to now, the numbers are increasing each year, the Covid-19 pandemic being the one thing that has altered this trend. People […]

Questions to ask your clinic before going abroad for IVF

Questions to ask your clinic before going abroad for IVF

Contemplating IVF abroad can feel like a leap of faith. Research is the key. The better informed you are, the more empowered you’ll feel. One of your key sources of information will be the clinic you’re considering for your treatment. Reputable clinics abroad will give you the opportunity to ask all of your questions in […]

Why do UK patients travel abroad for IVF?

Why do UK patients travel abroad for IVF?

I had my first (and last) cycle of IVF abroad in 2016 and I chose to go abroad for a variety of reasons, having not met the UK NHS criteria for NHS funded treatment. In my view, going abroad for fertility treatment is becoming an increasingly popular choice for many UK fertility patients. Let’s take […]

Egg Donation – Considerations from both recipient and donor perspectives

Egg Donation - Considerations from both recipient and donor perspectives

Your pathway to parenthood with egg donation may seem quite straightforward in a practical way, the eggs are collected from a young, healthy donor, fertilized with the sperm of your choice and the resulting embryo transferred when the conditions are optimal to give a pregnancy the best chance of success; but here we will consider […]

Egg donation – what I wish I’d known

Egg donation – what I wish I’d known

Sheila shares her valuable insights into being a mother to her donor-conceived daughter. Sheila talks to Fertility Road about what she wished she’d known prior to taking the egg donor route to parenthood. Here she explores her thoughts and feelings before, during and after donor IVF. Fertility Road: Sheila, thank you so much for talking […]

Donor Conception is different – part 1

Donor Conception is different

Donors, difference and decision-making This is the first of a three-part series, with Parts 2 and 3 appearing in the next editions of Fertility Road magazine. What the series aims to do is to explore how donor conception is different, how that might feel and what the implications might be at different stages in family […]