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Sperm Extraction and Andrology

Posted on March 17, 2020

Sperm Extraction In order to analyse the health of a man’s semen, sperm must be extracted. Sperm can be extracted in many ways with the most common method involving the collection of a freshly ejaculated sample. A sperm sample is then taken to a laboratory for investigation under a microscope to determine the number, shape, … Continue reading

MTHFR – WTF?

Posted on January 30, 2020

What is the MTHFR gene and what does it do? MTHFR stands for Methyl-Tetra- Hydro- Folate Reductase. It is an enzyme: a protein that catalyzes a chemical reaction in our body, converting folate to (as the name implies) methyl-tetra-hydro-folate.  It has become known colloquially (a little unfairly) as the mother-f#$%er gene. The MTHFR gene is … Continue reading

Foods To Increase Fertility

Posted on November 13, 2019

These days we have a HUGE amount of scientific research telling us which nutrients are important for fertility: Omega 3 Fatty acids, folate, zinc, selenium, iron, vitamin E, just to name a few! But we eat FOOD, not nutrients, so part of my job as dietitian is helping translate this scientific research into to practical … Continue reading

Why Do Couples With Infertility Need To Have A Karyotype Done?

Karyotype testing for men and women suffering infertility can provide extremely useful information that helps your doctor to get to the bottom of your problem. Karyotypes can diagnose chromosomal abnormalities, a cause of infertility that is relatively common and underappreciated. Where a karyotype is normal, a certain set of problems are ruled out, allowing us … Continue reading

If I’ve Conceived Naturally Once, Why Am I Struggling Now?

Posted on October 21, 2019

Secondary infertility is defined as struggling to conceive now, when you have conceived before. It’s more common than you may think. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help. It takes two… A lot of us assume secondary infertility is due to a woman getting older. There are many cases where this is true. As … Continue reading