New centre brings integrated cutting edge fertility, gynaecology and IVF treatment to the North West

November 22, 2014 21:04 by PrideAngelAdmin
The Reproductive Health Group have recently opened the newest and most modern clinic in the North West, at Daresbury Park, in Cheshire.

We have called the clinic the Centre for Reproductive Health, and we are different for two main reasons:

• it was designed by consultants and embryologists to meet the very highest standards in patient care.

• as well as offering the latest fertility techniques, including genetic testing and EEVA embryo selection, the clinic also has a fully-equipped operating facility in which we carry out day case surgical procedures.

We promise that we will only recommend the best care pathway for patients, once we have carried out all the appropriate investigations that could reveal the cause of the apparent infertility. That is why, unlike other IVF clinics, the Centre for Reproductive Health is equipped with the vey latest equipment for gynaecology and urology day case procedures.

Whilst we believe we have built a market leading facility, we are even prouder of the team of highly experienced embryologists, nurses and support staff who we have recruited to join us – they all share our commitment to quality, and to delivering the best possible outcomes for our patients.

We work with a number of associates and have satellite clinics in Manchester, Preston, Cheadle and London.

There is a lot more information on our website at www.reproductivehealthgroup.co.uk, and we would be only too pleased to show you around our clinic.

Article: 22nd November 2014 www.reproductivehealthgroup.co.uk

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What to eat to improve your chances of getting pregnant

November 17, 2014 18:33 by PrideAngelAdmin
Whether you are trying to conceive naturally or you are undergoing fertility treatment, the period of time before you conceive gives you a window of opportunity to evaluate your nutrition and general lifestyle.

Preconception: The window of opportunity
The 3 months prior to conception are thought to be the most influential. During this time, immature eggs, known as oocytes, mature enough to be released during ovulation and sperm cells to develop before being ready for ejaculation. You and your partner's nutrient intake greatly influence's the quality and efficiency of this process and the opportunity to create a healthy pregnancy.

Over and above providing the healthy foundation stones, dietary changes and improving nutrient stores may also help to correct factors that may be affecting your ability to conceive such as low sperm count or hormonal imbalances during the menstrual cycle.

Nutrition is the foundation for you and your baby
Studies have shown that couples who have made changes to their diet and lifestyle improved chance so healthy conception by 80% but research has shown us that the benefits extend way beyond a healthy conception and pregnancy. Indeed, your nutritional status during the preconception period is now understood to sow the seeds of health for your growing baby in infancy, such as reducing risk of atopic conditions such as asthma and eczema, as well as chronic health conditions in adulthood such as diabetes.

Nourishing your nutritional status at preconception can also influence milk production during breastfeeding and reduce the potential of post-partum depression.

Should I use supplements?
It is now medically accepted that certain vitamins and minerals can increase your chances of getting and staying pregnancy by supporting hormone balance, healthy egg and sperm development. However, increasing research is showing us that today's environment is not as fertile-friendly for both plant and human as it once was. Much of the foods we eat have been grown on exhausted soil, intensively farmed, picked before ripe and travelled many miles from source before reaching our plates. As a result, a large proportion of our food is lacking in much needed trace minerals and vitamins. Studies have shown that couples who took nutritional supplements to support a healthy diet, had quicker conception rates than those who did not.

The Folic Acid debate
Folic acid is in the 3 months before and during pregnancy is advisable to reduce the risk of neural tube defects. However recently concerns have been raised about the use of synthetic Folic acid in supplements and the body's ability to metabolise it in this form.Folate crosses the placenta only in the form of the naturally occurring isomer, not as synthetic isolated folic acid and the use of food-sourced folic acid (such as those found in Food-State Supplements) is considered favourable by many for this reason.

Beyond Nutrition: The influence of stress
Getting as healthy as possible during the preconception window is about nourishing your body and your mind. Stress is not the preserve of the over-worked as often thought of. In fact, under-achieving, dissatisfaction with where you are in your life, under and over exercising are all potential 'stressors' to the body.

When your body experience's stress it adopts a 'fight-or-flight' response. This triggers the release of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline. This affects digestion, blood pressure, circulation and brain function and over time, other areas of health such as hormone balance and nutrient levels. Supporting my clients in managing their stress levels is a primary focus with many of my clients in clinic.

If you do not have the resources to see a qualified Nutritional Therapist you may want to consider following my fertility programme. I have put together the plan to support you and your partner with the nutritional tools to nourish your fertile soil. It includes our Food-State Fertility formulation for Men and our Food-State Fertility formula for Women as well as a High Strength Omega 3 for both of you. You will also have access to a downloadable booklet with information on what, when and how to eat to build your preconception foundation as well as recipes and detail on environmental factors to be mindful of.

Article: by Herrietta Norton 17th November 2014 www.huffingtonpost.co.uk

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Your Fertility, Health and Mindset

November 14, 2014 21:20 by PrideAngelAdmin
It's a MIRACLE...

Last Thursday I returned from the doctor's and I was the happiest girl alive, ready to announce to the world that I'm five MONTHS PREGNANT with a little BOY!

This is a miracle because a few years ago I was told by the TOP fertility expert in San Diego that I would NEVER get pregnant due to my age, hormone levels, and number of eggs I had left.

When he told me this I was crushed... but I decided that answer didn't work for me, so I took my health into my own hands.

I created a CLEAR PLAN on how to get my body into the best shape possible for fertility.

I got SERIOUS and FOCUSED on what it was I really wanted with my body, health, and life and I didn't let other people's beliefs and my fears get in the way.

I took risks, stayed strong, and invested in a mentor that I trusted, streamlining my process and giving me the best chance possible with the results that I wanted.

I got to a point that I got my body in a great place, but my MIND was still working against me.

So I put consistent effort into mastering my mindset, getting my body and mind ON THE SAME TEAM, learning to sidestep my fears and doubts of doing motherhood on my own and what I was capable of.

I know that you have also had fears and doubts in regards to losing weight and your health, thinking you've tried everything. You've probably been frustrated with your body, feeling as if it's betrayed you, thinking it should be different than it is today.

ALL OF THIS CAN CHANGE and you CAN have the body you want, light, energetic, and healthy! You can also stop listening to people who are bringing you down and get a mentor that will show you the EXACT steps you need to make your Body Dream come true.

NEVER let go of your dreams or believe you can't create ANYTHING... health, business, ideal clients you adore, success, love, money, family.

I'm VERY clear that I could not have achieved my desired result without reaching out for support.

Stop trying to reinvent the wheel... put your health, mindset, and self-love issues to rest and start ENJOYING YOUR LIFE!

If you want Kerri to help you create your personalized CLEAR PLAN TO HEALTH than schedule a quick phone call with her, for free, by clicking here to see what works best for your schedule.

Article: 14th November 2014 www.huffingtonpost.com

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Coverting your civil partnership to a marriage?

November 11, 2014 21:35 by PrideAngelAdmin
As of the 29 March 2014, marriage for same-sex couples in England and Wales became a reality and many have already tied the knot.

At the time the Same Sex Couples (Marriage) Bill was passed there was no immediate provision for those in a civil partnership to be able to convert this to a marriage if they chose.

However, in the recently published ‘The Marriage of Same Sex Couples (Conversion of Civil Partnership) Regulations 2014’ it is now the case that from 10 December 2014 civil partnerships can be converted to marriage. But how will this work and what does it mean in practice?

In order to convert a civil partnership into a marriage, most couples will need to follow the prescribed ‘standard procedure’. There are specified procedures for the less common scenarios, such as couples that are housebound, detained persons and for couples where a person is seriously ill and is not expected to recover. No matter which procedure is used, there is to be no religious service used at a conversion.

The standard procedure involves a fairly straightforward process where couples must attend a register office together. They must give the registrar the following information in order to be able to sign an official declaration: forenames, surname, date of birth, sex, rank or profession, address and the date and place of the formation of the civil partnership.

Afterwards, the registrar must register the conversion declaration as soon as is practicable. There should also be no need to pay a fee provided the civil partnership was registered before the 29 March 2014 and the conversion takes place before 10 December 2015.

It should therefore be an easy process to convert a civil partnership into a marriage and couples may use this as an opportunity to celebrate the ability to have their union recognized as now being a marriage.

Prior to the change in law allowing same-sex marriage, the distinction between a marriage and civil partnership was always an uncomfortable one in terms of terminology as it seemed to suggest same-sex couples were the ‘same, but different’.

The ability to convert should now at least address that imbalance, but in actual fact, does this somehow undermine the status of a civil partnership?

From a legal perspective, the distinctions between a civil partnership and a marriage are minimal, as was the original intention of Parliament when the Civil Partnership Act 2004 was created.

When couples in a civil partnership separate and they wish to formally bring the legal relationship to an end then they need to apply to the court to dissolve their civil partnership.

The process is the same as for heterosexual couples when getting divorced other than same-sex couples cannot rely on adultery as a ground for dissolution. With same-sex marriage it will be possible to become divorced as opposed to dissolution and adultery can be relied upon as a ground, but only if the adultery took place with a member of the opposite sex.

Additionally, when trying to resolve financial matters, the parameters that lawyers and judges use are identical as for same-sex couples and heterosexual couples. This means that, for those who wish to convert their civil partnership to a marriage, it should make no practical or legal difference.

It would appear therefore that for those who wish to convert their legal union, it really comes to down to personal choice as to whether they wish to become married or to simply remain as civil partners.

It will no doubt be very important for many couples to be allowed the status they always felt they should have had and be recognized as legally married. There is a wealth of further information at nataliegambleassociates.com

Article: 28th October 2014 www.gaystarnews.com

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Pride Angel Journey - The Countdown

November 7, 2014 21:41 by PrideAngelAdmin
The countdown had started before I’d given birth of course – on that first Wednesday morning when I didn’t have to heave myself and my bump out of bed at 6.30am and drag myself to work. But a year was a long time. A year ago it was, anyway. I think I first heard the days ticking down after about five months. By ten months, as each day passed, a huge bell of misery tolled in my ear.

I’d done a Keeping-In-Touch day – just the one, before I realised that I didn’t really want to keep in touch. I wanted to stay at home with my baby. Forever. But that wasn’t the plan. The plan – the Lesbian Parenting Master Plan, in which even Biology had conspired – was that as my maternity leave ended, Sal’s would begin: heavily pregnant with baby Willow, she would become Luna’s main carer while I returned to full-time work/misery.

So while I wandered the corridors at work, bewildered and detached, struggling to hide my indifference towards issues and concerns which seemed irrelevant and tedious, Sal looked after Luna. She tied the sling above her bump when they went for walks – a comfortable counterbalance. She crawled around on the floor – picking up Luna’s discarded lunch from under the high chair. And she took on the ultimate challenge – the afternoon nap without ‘milky’.

Meanwhile, the bell of misery had faded into the tedious daily grind of work. And there was a new countdown. Not of misery this time, but of hope and expectation and a fair bit of apprehension (what were we going to do when there were two of them?!) because Willow the bump wasn’t going to stay that way for long…

Article: by Lindsey, West Yorkshire 7th November 2014

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Pride Angel at the Fertility Show 2014

November 4, 2014 20:49 by PrideAngelAdmin
Another successful year at the Fertility Show, with over 5,000 visitors over the weekend.

Erika Tranfield co-founder of Pride Angel was delighted to give a talk this year about the benefits of known donation and co-parenting. Alongside Fertility Lawyer Nicola Scott of Natalie Gamble Associates, who explained the legal considerations and how preparing a legal agreement can help clarify intentions.

The Fertility Show gave visitors a wide range of quality information about fertility treatments and how complementary therapies and nutrition can enhance fertility and improves chances of having a healthy pregnancy.

Article: 4th November 2014 www.prideangel.com

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Single woman or lesbian couple? get advice at the Fertility Show

October 28, 2014 16:43 by PrideAngelAdmin
Visit the Fertility Show this weekend
1st Nov - 2nd Nov. It's taking place at the Olympia London Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road, London W14 8UX. Below are some seminars you may want to book.

Saturday 15.45-16.30
Single women and lesbian couples - options for conceiving.
What are the routes open to women who want to conceive without having sex with a man? Dr Carole Gilling-Smith, Medical Director of the Agora Fertility Clinic, explains the practical issues around getting pregnant with donor sperm, including IUI and IVF, whilst Deborah Sloan, The Agora's Fertility Counsellor, provides insight into the patient's perspective by looking at some of the issues discussed in counselling.

Sunday 13.30-14.15
Single woman in your 30s or 40s? Thinking about having a baby on your own?
Then come to this talk and let Caroline Spencer, fertility coach, ex-nurse, cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist and single mum to a donor conceived child, guide you through the decision making process. Having gone solo herself, Caroline now supports and mentors others through their decisions as well as being a trustee for the Donor Conception Network. In this talk she looks at your choices, how they relate to you, what you need to consider and outlines some of her own experiences.

Sunday 14.30-15.15
Unknown donor vs Known donor vs Co-parenting
Single women and lesbian couples looking to start a family face big issues from the outset when it comes to choosing a donor. Anonymity may seem like the simplest route but knowing more about a donor has its advantages, not least for those who want their child to have a relationship with its father. Fertility lawyer Nicola Scott of Natalie Gamble Associates looks at the practical and legal issues behind these decisions as well as the rights and responsibilities of the parties involved, whilst Erika Tranfield of Pride Angel, a website that facilitates and encourages conversations between donors and potential parents, offers an insight into the thinking and motivation of the people who connect via her site.

Article: 28th October 2014 www.fertilityshow.co.uk

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Five foods that may help male fertility

October 24, 2014 23:07 by PrideAngelAdmin
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New research suggests a poor diet can wreak havoc on more than a man’s pants size.

Guys, you’ve heard the standard advice for protecting your swimmers: Don’t wear tight undies. Keep your laptop far from, well, your lap. Stop smoking ASAP. But there may be an even easier way to shield your sperm — watch what you eat. “We’ve noticed that fertility has been decreasing over the past several decades. And guys want advice to improve upon matters,” said Dr. Ryan Terlecki, director of the Men’s Health Clinic for the Wake Forest University Department of Urology. “Most guys have never even heard that anything in their diet could impact sperm count.”

But the truth is, an emerging body of research suggests that the foods you pile on your plate may play a role in the number of sperm you have (count), whether they’re normally shaped (morphology), and how well they move (motility).

How that does that play out in the bedroom? “Sperm count is, of course, important, because if it’s not there, you’re not going to [biologically] father a kid,” said Dr. Paul Turek, president of the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology. “And I think sperm motility is more important than sperm count.” Although morphology is less firmly linked to fertility, it has been shown in a number of studies to influence reproductive success, said Audrey Gaskins, who researches nutrition and fertility at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Although the research is still new, one thing is clear: The foods that may pose a threat to male fertility are many of the same dietary culprits behind things such as Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease. That means you’d be smart to avoid them, regardless of whether you plan to make a baby any time soon.The following foods might get in the way of fatherhood:

Processed meats
Sure, meat is considered the ultimate man food — but if you eat the wrong kind, your sperm could be compromised. In a 2014 Harvard study, men who consumed the most processed meat — hamburgers, hot dogs, salami, bologna, bacon — had 23 percent fewer normal sperm than guys who ate it sparingly. In another 2014 study, published in the journal Epidemiology, the same researchers found that eating processed meat was associated with lower sperm count.

Interestingly, saturated fat intake — which has previously been blamed for poor sperm quality — wasn’t the nutritional connection. “We didn’t find a link with unprocessed red meat, so it seems to be something that happens in the processing that is detrimental to sperm quality,” Gaskins told Yahoo Health.

One possibility: Processed meats tend to house more hormonal residues than other meats, which could have potential reproductive consequences. “In the U.S., we allow more hormones to be administered to our cattle [than in the European Union],” she said. “So this is definitely one possible p> “Dark meat fish have higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids,” which have been previously shown to boost healthy sperm, said Gaskins. The extra dose of vitamin D in dark-meat fish may also be a factor.

Full-fat dairy
Whole milk may leave you with a fraction of the healthy sperm you should have. Young guys who eat at least two servings of full-fat dairy — especially cheese and whole milk — per day tend to have fewer motile sperm, according to a 2013 study in Human Reproduction. Don’t blame the cows, though: Pesticides and other chemical contaminants in the environment, which are attracted to the fat in dairy, may be what leads to subpar sperm, the scientists say.

Eat this instead: You don’t have to ditch dairy altogether. Just switch your focus to the low-fat kind: Men who consume a couple servings of low-fat dairy — especially 1% or 2% milk — per day have 33 percent higher sperm counts and more motile sperm than those who eat little or no low-fat dairy, a 2014 study in Fertility and Sterility found.

One explanation: Low-fat milk may boost levels of insulin growth factor-1, a hormone thought to aid the cells that help produce sperm, the scientists say. “It’s not always the sperm themselves [that are affected],” said Terlecki. “Sometimes, it’s the supporting cells — those that create testosterone to nurture sperm development, and cells that guide the sperm toward maturation. We see those cells affected a lot, in terms of compounds that come from the diet.”

Non-organic produce
That fresh spinach may come with a side of pesticides — and your sperm could be the first casualty: In a study presented at the 2014 American Society for Reproductive Medicine Annual Meeting, which took place this week, men who consumed the most pesticide residues through produce had 64 percent fewer normal sperm and 70 percent fewer motile sperm than guys who took in the least.

Pesticides may throw your hormonal balance out of whack, which can interfere with your body’s production of sperm, said Gaskins. “We’re concerned about low chronic exposure, day after day at a low dose,” she said. “Our body slowly becomes unable to deal with these low-level impacts over time. This slowly leads to destruction.”

Eat this instead: We’d never suggest you eliminate produce from your diet — but you may want to consider shelling out the cash for organic fruits and vegetables, especially when it comes to these pesticide-laden picks: apples, strawberries, grapes, celery, peaches, spinach, sweet bell peppers, nectarines (imported), cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes. A 2014 Environmental Working Group study showed that these 10 fruits and vegetables have the highest pesticide load.

Alcohol
You booze, you lose — sperm, that is. Drinking alcohol may have a negative impact on sperm concentration and motility, according to a 2012 Brazilian study of men seeking fertility treatments. Why? Downing copious amounts of alcohol may lead to total-body oxidative stress, which is a key cause of male infertility, the researchers say. But one drink probably isn’t a problem: “In moderation, alcohol intake seems to have no effect on semen quality,” Gaskins said. However, as a new Danish study found, modest but habitual alcohol intake — slightly less than a bottle of wine per week — may compromise sperm quality.

Drink this instead: An occasional beer probably won’t do your body any harm, but if you’re constantly sipping on something (besides water), make it pomegranate juice. In a Turkish study, male rats given pomegranate juice on a daily basis experienced a boost in sperm count and motility. The purple juice is a rich source of antioxidants, like vitamin C, and although this was an animal study, past research has linked a high intake of antioxidants in men to better semen quality. “Men who eat a healthier diet with higher antioxidants — particularly from natural foods, as opposed to supplements — tend to have higher motility,” noted Gaskins.

Soda
Here’s yet another reason to kick the can: In a new study of 189 healthy young men, published in Human Reproduction, regularly drinking sugar-sweetened drinks — slightly more than a serving per day — was linked to poorer sperm motility. (Interestingly, this connection was strongest among lean men.) Sipping on sugary beverages — soda, sports drinks, sweet tea — boosts your odds of insulin resistance, which in turn leads to oxidative stress than can damage your sperm, the scientists say.

Eat this instead: If you need a shot of sugar, make it the kind found in fruit — not soda. In the Brazilian study, fruit was positively related to sperm quality, although, keep in mind, you should go organic whenever possible (or give your fruit a good scrubbing before eating it).

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Kate Middleton and Prince William announce baby number 2

October 21, 2014 20:25 by PrideAngelAdmin
Some royal baby news for you! Kensington Palace has confirmed that Kate Middleton and her husband Prince William are due in April 2015, and they are delighted.

Will Royal Baby number 2 be a headstrong Aries or a stubborn Taurus? Only time will tell

As with her first pregnancy, the Duchess has suffered from acute morning sickness and been treated by doctors at Kensington Palace. The royal household said in a statement that the Kate's condition is "steadily improving."

The statement read: "Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to confirm they are expecting a baby in April 2015.

"The Duchess of Cambridge continues to be affected by hyperemesis gravidarum, but her condition is steadily improving."

Now, can we have a public holiday for the occasion? Please?

Article: 20th October 2014 www.glamourmagazine.co.uk

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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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