Marni Brennan
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Marni Brennan

Marni has a degree in Biology and is currently studying for a Masters in Science Communication at the University of Sheffield. She has a keen interest in a broad range of fertility issues, especially sperm biology.

Laboratory Fertilisation Of Eggs In IVF Treatment
Assisted conception

In vitro fertilisation (IVF) has come a long way since the first successful procedure in 1987 resulted in the birth of the first IVF baby, Louise Brown. Now – 37 years later – there are over 5 million IVF babies and the procedure has been getting more advanced and more

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Female doctor discussing reports with patient at desk in medical office
Assisted conceptionTrying to conceiveUnexplained infertility

Being diagnosed as infertile is often just the start of a long journey where a couple strives to become parents. As if the diagnosis isn’t devastating enough, often the reasons given for the diagnosis are confusing and peppered with complicated medical terms. This medical jargon can just make the emotional

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Relationship Difficulties
Trying to conceiveUnexplained infertility

Being diagnosed as infertile is often just the start of a long journey in which a couple strives to become parents. As if the diagnosis isn’t devastating enough, often the reasons given for the diagnosis are confusing and peppered with complicated medical terms. This medical jargon can just make the

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Statistics
Assisted conceptionTrying to conceive

Although we know a lot of people suffer from infertility, it has been difficult for experts to agree on exactly how many people are unable to naturally conceive. Infertility is sometimes defined in different ways and measured using different assumptions, so scientists are often measuring slightly different values when trying

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Girl lies on the back is stressed out to put on favourite jeans
Trying to conceive

These days, it’s hard to look far without seeing a pair of tight or ‘skinny’ jeans. The advent of these jeans came in the 1950s, with pioneers like Elvis Presley paving the way for the new fashion fad. Since then the beacon has been taken up by celebrities ranging from

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DNA
Unexplained infertility

Unexplained infertility is a frustrating diagnosis to receive. After all the stress and upset of all the appointments and tests, couples should at least be able to expect to be given a concrete reason for why it is they’re having trouble conceiving. But sadly, this isn’t the case. For 20-30%

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Sperm and Ovum
Assisted conceptionFeaturedTrying to conceive

Sperm have a pretty tough time. They begin life in the testes, where – after a gruelling 74 days on the production line – they wind their way through coiled tubes to reach the prostate gland. It’s from here that sperm will be ejaculated during sex. They’re catapulted at a

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Assisted conception

When undergoing in vitro fertilisation (IVF), there seems to be one million and one things that can influence the chance of success. The factors at play include age, specific type of infertility, the length of time a couple has been trying for a baby and the number of IVF cycles

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Sleepy baby
Assisted conception

It’s something every expectant couple will spend hours milling over. Will we be having a girl or a boy? The question may spark many discussions. Names, nursery colours, finding out now vs. waiting until the birth. One thing is for sure; the mystery of it all is very exciting. For

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