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Is egg freezing the right option for me?

Women are usually aware that their fertility will take a downward turn after 35, but there may be many factors – social, educational or financial – dictating a delay in starting a family. With advances in cryopreservation and IVF techniques, egg freezing is becoming an increasingly viable option for women who want to preserve their […]

Do fibroids affect fertility?

Fibroids are benign tumours that grow out of uterine cells, ranging from pea-size to that of a melon, and they tend to swell when oestrogen levels are high. An estimated one in four women will have a form of fibroids during her life, although many do not suffer any symptoms so will not be aware […]

Is it time to start thinking about IVF?

For couples coming to terms with the idea that conceiving a baby may not happen naturally, the next stage may be fertility treatment. Friends and family will often ask, ‘have you thought about IVF?’ – but what does it actually involve and are there intermediate steps? The first and most important action is to see […]

How much do you know about polycystic ovarian syndrome?

Polycystic ovarian syndrome is an endocrine disorder estimated to affect 5–10% of women. Here are six things you may not already know about PCOS: One in five women have polycystic ovaries. While PCOS itself is not uncommon, an even greater number of women will have polycystic ovaries; this is where the ovaries contain numerous harmless […]

At what age should I start thinking about Well Woman Screening?

The belief that Well Woman Screening is relevant only for older women is a misconception. While the risk of many specific conditions does increase with age, a woman’s gynaecological health during her reproductive years is also of vital importance. The reality is that you are never too young to start taking care of your health. […]

The hycosy test: 5 FAQs

Everything you need to know about the hycosy test: What is it? ‘Hycosy’ is a contraction of the full name ‘hysterosalpingo contrast sonography’. Also known as a tubal patency test, it is a non-invasive ultrasound test to check the fallopian tubes for blockages or damage. Its purpose is to ascertain whether an egg can pass […]

Why are we having difficulty in getting pregnant?

Starting a family is not always a straightforward affair. In fact, one in seven couples in the UK experience problems with infertility. For couples struggling on only to face disappointment month after month, conceiving can be a devastating time, causing emotional distress and putting strain on relationships. Seek specialist help if having difficulty conceiving There […]

Should I be worried about ovarian cysts?

Common in women of reproductive age and often symptom-free, an ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac that has developed on the ovary. They are usually harmless and will often clear within a few months; some women will not even know they have had an ovarian cyst. If the cyst is very large or has split, […]

My endometriosis is getting me down – what are my treatment options?

Endometriosis is a gynaecological condition affecting around one in ten women. It occurs when endometrial cells form outside the womb, often on the ovaries. These cells respond to hormonal changes and can cause significant pain, usually around the time of menstruation. Endometriosis does not just affect a woman physically: it can have a negative impact […]

What fertility treatments are available?

Research suggests that one in seven couples experience infertility. Through a systematic process of diagnosis many causes of these problems can be addressed and the dream of a baby be realised. At London female gynaecologist Amanda Tozer’s fertility clinic, many couples have been successfully treated for their particular condition. A wide range of treatments At […]