The Fertility Show London - 1st-2nd November 2014

October 17, 2014 17:49 by PrideAngelAdmin
baby Are you thinking of having a baby? or finding it difficult to get pregnant? Do you Want to know how fertile you are? or are you considering IVF? Looking for some answers?

Whether you’re just thinking about starting a family or have been trying for ages, find out what you need to know at The Fertility Show.

- 60 talks from from 70 of the world's leading fertility specialists - just £ 1 each!
- 100 exhibitors with doctors, clinicians, practitioners and fertility experts available on their stands

- Medical and complementary alternatives
- Leading UK and overseas clinics
- Fertility assessments and treatments
- Advice for everyone including single women and same sex couples
- Now in its 6th year
- Admission price: £ 11

Click here to buy your ticket now

Article: 17th October 2014 www.fertilityshow.co.uk

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The HFEA Information for quality consultation - want your views

October 13, 2014 19:19 by PrideAngelAdmin
consultation Information plays an increasingly important role in all our lives and in the provision of public services. In education, health and many other areas, online services aim to help service users to make better-informed choices and to help service providers monitor their own performance.

The HFEA is working with other government organisations, through the National Information Board, to maximise the use of data and technology across the health and care system – to benefit patients, professionals, citizens and taxpayers.

Information for Quality (IfQ) is our own contribution to that effort: an ambitious programme to transform the way we collect, use and publish information to benefit patients, the public and clinics. Here we set out how we plan to modernise our information services and ask for your views about some of the changes we want to make.

This website sets out both our plans and proposals, which falls into three strands:

- The information we collect
- How clinics submit data to us
- How we publish information

Having read our plans, we ask that you consider the issues we set out on subsequent pages (which you can navigate to from the bottom of each page). These are designed to get you thinking about our proposals and what they could mean for you or your service. You can download a copy of all the information and questions we set out on this website should you wish to share and discuss with colleagues.

You can feed in your views by completing our online survey by 12 November, or, if you are a professional working in the sector, attending one of our consultation workshops.

Article: 13th October 2014 www.hfea.gov.uk

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YTE Dietary supplement could help combat stress and help fertility

October 9, 2014 16:32 by PrideAngelAdmin
At any given time in the UK, some 200,000 women have been trying for a baby for 6 months or more. About 1 in 4 women TTC will fall into the category of unexplained infertility.

Infertility is, in this case, a misnomer as, after 3 years of trying 93% of women achieve a natural pregnancy. (70% after 3 months)

It is unexplained because a range of common issues can affect your chances of success and these could be different ones each cycle or a combination of several.

Apart from frustration, waiting and not knowing cause stress. When this is compounded by work, relationships or other stressors it can lead to underlying chronic stress without you realising it.

In chronic stress your body keeps producing cortisol, the main stress hormone. In women the overproduction can lead to delayed ovulation or no ovulation at all. More importantly, it impairs the preparation of the uterus for implantation of the egg. (also a major issue in IVF success rates)

In men stress affects sperm quality. YTE is a dietary supplement that breaks the vicious cycle of chronic stress. It may help you to prevent potential issues due to stress.

Article: 9th October 2014 YTE Dietary supplement

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Is this fertility paranoia doing women any good?

October 5, 2014 17:05 by PrideAngelAdmin
infertility The Lancet says that all women in their 20s or early 30s should be given the chance to freeze their eggs or ovarian tissue, in case they need to postpone starting a family. Which sounds reasonable – a kind of biological insurance policy for the complicated lives women lead.

However, could the present climate of fertility-paranoia be making expensive, complicated and unreliable options suddenly seem not only feasible and desirable, but also normal and routine?

Astonishingly, in some quarters, the feeling still persists that women need to be warned about their “fertility cliff” – that is, how their ability to conceive falls away sharply by their mid-to-late 30s. How could any sentient woman have missed this big news? It’s been blasted out enough times over the media megaphone: “Attention all thirtysomething women. You think you’re still powerfully fertile, but, biologically speaking, you’re not. In fact, you’re fast approaching the state of dried-up hags. Sort out your ovarian-slacking pronto or you’ll be doomed to INFERTILITY. Yes, you heard right, women, INFERTILITY!”

Far from being muted, this message seems to be on a tape-loop, hissing into the communal female ear, in the manner of scaremongering muzak in a lift that’s broken down between floors. These days, how could any woman have missed it? Perhaps 10 years ago, maybe even five, but not now.

Obviously it’s good that the message is getting through. It needed to. However, before women whoop with relief and rush to clinics to get their eggs or tissue frozen, questions need to be asked. Techniques such as egg freezing are known to be difficult. There is at present a low success rate, though figures have been skewed by cancer patients undergoing the treatment – and the success rate improves for the more modern vitrification method.

Then there is age – isn’t it going to be difficult to engage twentysomething women, who are most likely to have success, rather than their late-thirtysomething counterparts? On an economic level, the improved methods are expensive, in which case it seems unlikely that they would be offered universally.

Moreover, isn’t it irresponsible to encourage women to put such inordinate faith in techniques that, while exciting and even liberating, are even now still developing and as yet have no guaranteed success rate?

What happens when women go through with this procedure, heavily rely upon it, only to find out later, with a terrible shock, that it simply didn’t work, a revelation that generally would only come years later? In many cases, it would be far too late to do anything about it. Arguably, these women would have been better off if they’d remained concerned about their waning fertility and therefore proactive about their situation.

Some might say, well, those are the breaks, the risks would be spelled out, and women can make their own minds up. Still, strange isn’t it, how swiftly any area that involves “unnecessary” surgery on women becomes so pat? Just as the ugly, painful and problematic realities of plastic surgery are so often glossed over, simplified, sanitised and prettified, for the consumer, so too there is a danger that egg and tissue freezing techniques could end up marketed as some kind of quasi-feminist answer to a modern gal’s prayers, when the facts are so much more complicated.

There remains a powerful argument for egg and tissue freezing – not as a sure thing (because what is?), but in terms of providing a valuable option for women who, for whatever reason, need to postpone having children.

However, isn’t it time society stopped treating women as if they were not only stupid, but stupid twice over? First, too stupid to be aware of the fertility paranoia swirling around them, and then so stupid that they allow themselves to be blinded by false hope in what might not turn out to be all-conquering science.

Article: 5th October 2014 www.theguardian.com

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Pride Angel Journey - A Little Bump

October 1, 2014 21:01 by PrideAngelAdmin
pregnant Six weeks, seven weeks, eight weeks...we waited for the nausea to become a crippling misery of sickness...nine weeks, ten weeks, eleven weeks...still just a vague queasiness...twelve weeks, thirteen weeks, fourteen weeks and we finally accepted with relief (and a little envy on my part) that not all pregnancies involve eleven weeks of retching, vomiting and despair. After the initial bleeding scare, Sally's pregnancy was to be a low maintenance one, and with a eight-month-old baby Luna to look after, this was no bad thing. Fifteen weeks, sixteen weeks, seventeen weeks...

Luna though of course, being a baby, was on the high maintenance end of the scale, and required every bit of attention that two mummies could provide. She had developed a strong attraction to all objects small and swallow-hazardy, an uncanny ability to smear yoghurt into into everything within a two-metre radius of the dining table, and a deep love of "milky" - such that I spent hours and hours and hours trapped under a sleepy, sucky bundle of now rather big baby.

So Sally might have had an easy time of it, but lost amidst the nappies and lullabies and bootees and board books, she missed out a bit - on the tummy rubs and pampering and excitement of a first pregnancy. And perhaps I - not having had chance to get to know the little bump so well - missed out a bit too. Eighteen weeks, nineteen weeks, twenty weeks...and that little bump that was really starting to show...

Article: by Lindsey, West Yorkshire 1st October 2014

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How George Clooney can increase his fertility at age 53?

September 29, 2014 18:31 by PrideAngelAdmin
With the wedding almost out of the way speculation will be rife that babies are going to be next on the agenda for George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin. And although George looks to be in the peak of physical fitness, he is 53 and from a baby making point of view it's his clock that is ticking for a change. Although a man's fertility does not decline in the same way as a woman's, it is certainly the case that advancing age can have an impact. Several studies have shown that being over 50 is associated with a decline in semen volume, sperm motility and morphology. So, if like George you're slightly more mature than the average budding dad-to-be, what can you do to ensure your sperm is in tiptop condition?

1. Ease back on the nespressos - scientific studies vary in their conclusions and it's difficult to separate caffeine intake from other lifestyle factors but some research suggests too much caffeine can reduce sperm count. I suggest no more than one caffeinated drink a day. Don't forget the caffeine in fizzy drinks and when ordering from the big coffee chains ask for one shot not two.

2. Stay out of the sauna. I'm sure the Aman Canal Grande Hotel in Venice has some amazing facilities, but not for you, George! Extreme heat is very bad for sperm and if you sit cooking them in a sauna they will be collapsing left, right and centre. Hot baths are also a no-no, though showers are OK. The good news though, if you have been indulging in spa facilities recently, is that sperm count will usually return to normal within about 3 months.

3. Cut back on the booze - apparently Clooney's best friend has flown in 50 cases of tequila for the wedding weekend. I definitely wouldn't deprive the groom of a good knees-up on his own wedding day but it's probably wise to scale back after that. One large study published in 2009 found that couples who shared one bottle of wine a week were 25% less likely to be successful at IVF.

4. Eat well - breakfast, lunch and dinner, all to contain some protein to help balance blood sugar throughout the day, plenty of leafy green veg, not too much sugar etc etc - you know the drill. You don't have to deny yourself the treats you love but eat more of the good stuff and the rubbish will be crowded out.

5. Don't use a laptop on your lap. There is the heat generated by the computer itself which is directed straight at the testicles but also the knees together position used to balance the laptop has an effect. It takes only 20 minutes of sitting with the knees together for testicular temperature to rise to a level that adversely affects sperm.

6. Drink plenty of water. Semen is 98% water. If you're a bit dehydrated your body directs what water it has to your heart, your brain, your liver, your lungs - the major organs - and your reproductive system is way down the pecking order. Aim for 1.5 to 2 litres a day.

7. Take your mobile phone out of your Armani trouser pocket, George. Further research in this area is needed but initial evidence suggests that men who carried their mobile phones in their trouser pockets had reduced motility and sperm count. Put it in your jacket pocket instead and store it off your body altogether whenever you can.

8. Ejaculate regularly. Not a problem usually for newlyweds, but if work schedules take you far apart or if you've been trying for a while and sex has become a chore it can become an issue. It does no good to store up sperm and in fact the more you ejaculate the more you stimulate the testes to produce new, young, fit, healthy sperm which are more likely to be capable of fertilisation.

Article: 29th September 2014 www.huffingtonpost.co.uk

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Mas Gay Raid Ball - 7th November 2014 - Buy your tickets now

September 25, 2014 20:12 by PrideAngelAdmin
Don’t miss your chance to see some of the hottest Dj’s Battle, DJ FABIO LUIGI, DJ LEO BLANCO

as well as some sexy Male Pole dancers surprise performances and a wet wet pants dancing competition.
HOSTED BY NONE ONLY THAN THE INFAMOUS ‘LA VOIX’

Its Crazy, Its Wild, Its BIG and its Brave.... Is it a Concert?,Is it a Ball?,Is it a Rave? Not it’s a..

Mas-Gay-Raid Ball

In London’s Multi Million pound venue ‘THE TROXY’, 490 Commercial Rd, London E1 0HX, United Kingdom

Friday 7th November 2014
Due to Public Demand we have put together an event of a lifetime for the people !

RAWX Presents Mas-Gay-Raid Concert Ball. Bring your masks, your costumes and your friends to have the night of your life from 7pm – 2am, with an after party to follow. The experience from the moment you walk through the doors will be thrilling, entertaining and mind blowing.

From Abstract face Painters, to flying glow In the dark acrobats this event will be like no other.

Your Going to talk about it ! Your going to Feel it ! Your going to want to come BACK to it. !

Get your body painted and even pick up a ‘Cock Dog’ and some 'Pop Porn' on your way in..

Contact: Genea Fortune Unplugged Music Nation masgayraid@gmail.com

Article: 25th September 2014 buy tickets here

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Pride Angel at the Alternative Parenting Show 2014

September 22, 2014 19:30 by PrideAngelAdmin
Pride Angel The Alternative Parenting Show had another successful exhibition at the weekend. It provided a one-stop shop, which gave valuable information to same-sex and heterosexual couples and single men and women on how to make the dream of having a family a reality. In today's society families are made up of all different combinations, however this brings the need for fresh information.

The show included advice from leading experts in their field on how to navigate through the minefield of having a child. Top areas included legal provisions, surrogacy, fertility, co-parenting, fostering and adoption. The one day event provided people with the opportunity to chat in an informal atmosphere to the experts who could give the answers needed.

Pride Angel were delighted to have exhibited and enjoyed being able to answer the many questions asked about starting a family with the help of a known sperm or egg donor.

The show was run by event and publishing specialist Square Peg Media.

Article: 22nd September 2014 www.prideangel.com

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'The law in Ireland does not recognise that I am Edie's parent'

September 16, 2014 20:18 by PrideAngelAdmin
Edie is the one-year-old daughter Clodagh has with her partner of eight years, Moninne Griffith.

Although it was Moninne who carried Edie for nine months and although Clodagh does not have any biological relationship to Edie, she feels a bond as deep and powerful as that of any mother.

"She has brought such joy into our worlds," she says. "I can't imagine life without her."

But Clodagh's joy is tinged with anxiety.

"Right now, legally, I have no connection to Edie whatsoever. The law does not recognise that I am her parent. What if something happened to Moninne? I'd have no rights whatsoever."

Her pain is shared by Moninne, who is co-director of the Marriage Equality advocacy organisation.

"The law, as it stands today, is discriminatory towards families like ours," she says. "Our families, friends and neighbours all fully accept that Clodagh and I are Edie's parents, but the State doesn't."

Dubliner Moninne hopes that the proposed Children and Family Relationships Bill will become legislation by the end of the year. "It will provide greater security for all of us, especially Edie."

Moninne says she always wanted to be a mother and loved being pregnant: "It was such a happy time. I know some women have tough pregnancies, but I was lucky."

Clodagh was by her side at the Coombe Maternity Hospital when Moninne gave birth. It was the end of a journey that began several years earlier in an IVF clinic when, invariably, they were the only gay couple in the waiting room.

The couple came out as gay at different stages of their lives. Clodagh was in her mid-20s. "I'd had boyfriends before," she says. "I'd been afraid of homophobia, worried that I wouldn't be accepted. But when I told people, the response was really positive. I got great support."

Moninne came out in her 30s. She had been married to a man for several years and it was after that relationship had ended that she had "the great fortune" to meet Clodagh. "I don't like labels," she says, "but I would identify as a lesbian now. I'm not trying to erase my past - I had relationships with men. When I was younger, coming out seemed to mean that it would be so much harder to become a mother, but that's certainly not the case now."

Both women have been greatly heartened by the warmth and support they have received from strangers, including older neighbours in their apartment complex in Dalkey, Co Dublin.

"We've been really touched by how lovely they've been," Moninne says. "It's a sign about how accepting Ireland has become and how much its changed in a matter of decades, although I do think it is easier for society to accept two mammies rather than two daddies."

Obstacles remain, however. "I am lucky in that I teach in an Educate Together school where the management, staff and parents are very accepting," Clodagh says. "But that's not the case for many lesbian and gay teachers in Ireland who have to pretend they're something they're not in order to keep their jobs.

"The INTO have an LGBT group that is trying to have Section 37.1 of the Employment Equality Act dropped. This discriminates against gay teachers and people in the medical world and other jobs. It shouldn't be in place in 2014 and it's a reminder that for all the progress that has been made in Ireland, there are still reminders that full equality does not exist."

Moninne is quietly confident that the referendum on same-sex marriage will be carried next spring, The polls suggest a huge margin in favour of gay marriage, but she is unwilling to jump the gun just yet. "We need people who favour marriage equality to go out and vote and not sit and home and think, 'I don't need to vote because the polls say it will happen'".

Should the referendum be carried, Clodagh and Moninne will start planning a special wedding day. "I would hope that it would be as important and meaningful for my family as my brothers' wedding days were."

Clodagh was raised in the Church of Ireland tradition and both she and Moninne had Edie christened at St Patrick's Church, Dalkey. "It was such a lovely ceremony," Clodagh says. "So welcoming and inviting and so lovely to have loved ones around us and our baby."

Moninne is hopeful that the Ireland that Edie grows up in will be even more tolerant of gay relationships than it is now. "Of course, there are some conservatives who are opposed to gay marriage and the idea of gay parents. But if those people could see how loved children like Edie are, they might find it harder to maintain such views."

Article:31st August 2014 www.independent.ie

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Mila Kunis takes Yoga classes in final months of pregnancy

September 11, 2014 21:14 by PrideAngelAdmin
Careful doing Downward Dog! In approximately her final month of pregnancy, Mila Kunis is still out and about, taking a yoga class in Studio City, Calif. on Wednesday, Sept. 3.

The glowing mom-to-be, 31, was photographed leaving the class in a fitted black tank top and matching leggings. Though Ashton Kutcher’s fiancee has yet to reveal her exact due date, she is definitely nearing the end of her pregnancy.

The Jupiter Ascending actress recently told Marie Claire that she’s embracing her body’s changes, especially her expanding chest size.

"They're amazing!" Kunis told the mag of her boobs. "They've tripled in size. I was a 34A; now I'm a 36C. I’m so excited! I'm telling everyone I know, 'Go ahead, touch them!'"

Article: 7th Setember 2014 www.usmagazine.com

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