IVF- guide to effectiveness

In July 1978 Louise Brown was hailed as the world’s first “test-tube baby”, born through the fertility treatment IVF. But how has IVF effectiveness improved compared with modern IVF procedures? Louise’s birth was cloaked in secrecy. Even her father John’s first visit to see her in Oldham General Hospital was

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Three IVF cycles a minimum treatment requirement

A charity is calling for couples who need help conceiving to have access to three cycles of IVF instead of two. In 2013 a working group, set up by the Scottish government, recommended eligible couples should be offered up to three treatments. But that would only be after health boards

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HIV care at risk from NHS changes

HIV care is at risk from the changes to the health service in England specialists are warning. As part of NHS reorganisation, sexual healthcare became the responsibility of local authorities, while HIV care remains within the NHS. The British HIV Association says many specialists feel the split has worsened patient

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Obese women restricted in NHS IVF treatments

New NHS IVF treatment rules have been drawn up in Scotland. Couples who need help conceiving will be guaranteed two free infertility treatments from 1 July, however the treatments will only be available to those under 40, and it will not be offered to women who are obese. In addition,

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Bikini waxes and Brazilians- causes rise in STI warts

Bikini waxes and shaves are the cause for the explosion in the number of cases of a type of sexually transmitted infection that causes unsightly warts, doctors are warning.Shaving the pubic region causes ‘micro-trauma’ of the skin, boosting the chance of a pox virus called Molluscum contagiosum, say the medical

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Number of mothers aged over 45 treble in a decade

The number of women having babies over the age of 45 has more than trebled in just over a decade as couples delay having children for career and financial reasons, according to official figures.While the prevalence of teenage mothers has dropped dramatically since the 1990s, older mothers have reached the

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Sexual healthcare at risk from NHS changes

In April 2013 many health services are being put out to private tender – and will be overseen by amongst others the GP-led Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).But CCGs will not commission sexual health or public health services such as obesity and smoking prevention. This function will fall to local councils,

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Men need to become match fit if they want to be fathers

Men have been warned they need to become ‘match fit’ if they want to be fathers, as a fertility study claims too much attention has been focused on mothers’ weight.While the health risks surrounding obesity and pregnancy have largely been centred on overweight mothers, the focus is now on men

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