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Trying to conceive

Egg, chives and black plate look like sperm competition
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Would-be parents often ask if there is anything they can do to get sperm into tip-top condition. Here, top sperm expert Allan Pacey, Professor of Andrology at the University of Sheffield, gives his top ten suggestions to encourage your man to produce the best he can: Stop him smoking It’s

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Vaginal exam
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Most women accept that intimate examinations are a necessary part of being female. Examinations are needed for cervical screening (smear tests), during pregnancy and childbirth, to investigate certain medical problems and during fertility tests and treatments. Often the thought of going for an examination is worse than the reality. Don’t

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young woman pointing at condom in her pocket
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Beside unwanted pregnancy, unprotected sex can lead to HIV infection that may cause the incurable disease AIDS, as well as many other sexually transmitted diseases which you should be aware of. Most STDs can be cured, and the chronic ones can be kept under control with proper treatment. The most

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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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Couple celebration
Trying to conceive

Trying for a baby can be stressful and stress is not good for you or your sex life. Advice on getting pregnant ranges from making sure you have sex as often as possible when you are ovulating to advice on how to take the pressure off ovulation time by having

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Chlamydia trachomatis
Trying to conceiveUnexplained infertility

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis. This is the most common bacterial sexual infection, with over 100 million people getting infected each year. In the last ten years, the infection rate of chlamydia has doubled in the UK. And this is not the

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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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Sad tired woman
Assisted conceptionFeaturedTrying to conceive

We’re all exposed to stress, every day. It is a normal physiological response to challenges we face at work, in our relationships, running errands or dealing with obligations. Stress has a natural role as our protection – it prepares our bodies to react to the imminent danger by offering two

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Taking good care of future baby.
Trying to conceive

Statistics say that every sixth couple in the UK is experiencing difficulties conceiving. Now, let’s take into consideration that experts’ advice is that you see a fertility specialist only if you’ve been having unprotected sex two to three times a week for at least a year and haven’t had much

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calendar
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Some time ago, the most reliable way of determining when you’re ovulating was practicing your math skills with a calendar and a pen. Needless to say, this method is not exactly accurate and is definitely not the best way to try and maximise your chances of conceiving. Nowadays, you don’t

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