Linda Carter

Preparation for motherhood

During my 3 month programme if the woman happily becomes pregnant during that time I convert the remaining sessions to prenatal care. Many women choose to engage with me again in the lead up to the birth and during the first few weeks of their baby’s life.
There are many things to discuss with me particularly as an acupuncturist with my in depth medical knowledge and my vast network of support therapists.
I recommend Hypnobirthing which is mostly about breathing techniques, being prepared for the birth and learning how to handle the medical birth process.

Finding a specialist massage therapist qualified in pregnancy treatments, acupuncturist, pregnancy yoga teacher and other expert practitioners in your area.
You may wish to source a Doula to help you in preparation for a home or hospital delivery and during your labour.

It is vital to have support and a person to talk to who you can express yourself with freely when you are a new mother. Part of the work I do is to listen and offer guidance to women when they are feeling emotional and are judging themselves, sometimes very harshly, in the first few weeks at home with their new baby.
It has been suggested that new mothers who feel low aren’t depressed, they are just in shock. There is a transition into motherhood during which significant neurobiological, physical and emotional changes can create emotional upheaval resulting in anxiety and exhaustion. There is tremendous guilt felt by mothers if they are not feeling elated and dreamily happy all the time as a new mother. Nothing at all can prepare a woman for the exhaustion of motherhood.
There is such a push and pull of feelings – the totally overwhelming sense of responsibility, or even feeling trapped, this tiny being that has arrived along with a rollercoaster of hormones and the joy at having your baby in your life at last.

Usually after a couple of sessions with me where my patient is allowed to fully and honestly express the myriad of feelings they have, many say they feel relieved and the sense of guilt at ‘not enjoying motherhood’ or ‘finding it difficult’ would melt away.

I understand through years of experience that parents are not overjoyed 24 hours a day, how you feel can change day to day or even hour to hour.

Maternity nurses are absolutely wonderful for getting your babies into a routine, relieving the anxiety of all the small things a newborn does, are they crying because they are in pain? Or simply too hot? I know a lot of women who have resisted having a maternity nurse as they want to have the baby all to themselves and be alone to bond with the child and the father/ partner… only to call me after a couple of weeks asking for recommendations for a night nurse or maternity nurse.

As a first time mother you have never done this before and as with any new role help and instruction are§ valuable. A good maternity nurse will know when to give you the privacy and space you need.

Be kind to yourself, be gentle, rest when you can, follow your intuition and ask for help.

No matter where you are on your fertility journey, you will receive a tailor-made programme for you.
Perhaps you are thinking of starting a family and want to be fertility fit. Or you’ve started to try to conceive and feel frustrated that it is not happening as quickly as you thought. Or you’ve faced obstacles, disappointment and negativity from the medical profession and need positive professional advice to move on. You will receive the exact support you need, no matter what stage you are at.

You’ll also receive:
1. A Clear Start providing you with a strong strategy of how to move forward and you get the results you want:

  •  We start by taking a very detailed case history that includes medical, physical and emotion events in your life, your menstrual and reproductive history, lifestyle habits and challenges;
  • This information determines what we will focus on first, second and third;
  •  From there, we agree what realistic goals we can set.

2. Total Support so we can eliminate unnecessary stress and heartache from your life.
I will:

  • Provide absolute support to an individual or couple trying to conceive;
  •  Understand your needs and concerns and never judge or ever think a question is irrelevant or silly;
  • Provide the safe space you need to air your frustrations:
  • We will meet weekly to discuss what stage you are at on your fertility journey.

3. Awakened Awareness so that you understand your cycles, alleviating stress and bringing joy and happiness in your journey to conception:

  •  If you don’t already understand your menstrual cycle and ovulation, I will give you a clear understanding of fertile signs and pinpointing your fertile time;
  •  You will feel empowered and strong;
  • If you have experienced setbacks and feel despondent we take a fresh look at what you can do differently, there are a lot of options for you.

4. Emotional and Mental Balance with tailor-made strategies to help you stay optimistic and grounded:

  • We will explore any negative emotions or traumas that may be subconsciously blocking you;
  •  Together, we will find the appropriate tools and methods for you so that you have a more peaceful, calm and centered path.

5. Look at Test Results to give you the optimum conditions for conception:

  •  Repeated blood results can be confusing and frustrating, I will take the time to look at results with you and see when natural therapies can improve your readings;
  •  Women often measure their fertility by an AMH reading but this should not be taken in isolation; if you have a high FHS this can be improved.

6. When to Visit a Specialist knowing when you need to take a different approach can be hard:

  •  Infertility is the phrase used when a couple have not achieved a pregnancy even though they are having unprotected sex every day or two at the woman’s fertile time;
  •  This can be traumatic but if you start to talk to family and friends you will realise it is much more common than you think;
  • I can help you decide which clinic is best for you what statistics can and can’t tell you and other factors to be taken into account.

7. Manage your Anxiety to cope with the confusing choices. I will provide you with a safe, non-judging and personal place to share:

  • Perhaps you’ve been dreaming of having a baby and a family since you were a girl;
  • Fertility challenges may be the first big crisis of your life and one that you don’t seem to be able to control, especially since you’ve worked hard to achieve results in other areas of your life.

8. Often a high percentage of men feel sad and isolated when trying to have a baby.
Men don’t always want to keep on talking to their partner about their feelings. Sometimes they cannot handle a woman’s tears, they feel embarrassed by humiliating sperm tests. This is not how they thought they would make a baby:

  •  I am highly skilled at talking to men about all aspects of their life, sexual health and emotions;
  • We can have joint calls with you as a couple or individual sessions with your male partner to restore their self esteem and give them back their confidence.

My integrated approach looks at your current physicaland emotional state, while providing you with complete confidentiality and support during one of the most difficult challenges of your life.

When is the right time to get pregnant?

Men and women have spent so long trying not to get pregnant that they do not think for a moment it will not happen instantly when they want it to.

Until it becomes painfully obvious, it never crosses a woman’s mind that she may struggle to get pregnant.
Most are aware that infertility is a serious issue with serious consequences, but assume that they will conceive easily.
Much of most people’s 20s and early 30s are spent fearing getting pregnant, having a baby would be a major life change that they are unwilling to embrace during those years.
The right relationship, someone who is ready to become a parent, the right sized home, the right point in a career and financial confidence must be found.
I have yet to meet a person who did not state one of these considerations for waiting for the right time to start a family.

All that worrying sometimes turns out to be a complete waste of time. After being married for years and there’s no baby in sight.

That may have felt fine for the first few years because neither of you felt ready to become parents. You are saving up for our own place, which you want to enjoy before a baby changes your lives and relationship forever.
Maybe you are saving a nest egg to support you during maternity leave and the first few years of your baby’s life, enjoying all the good things in your life as you should do but somehow, subconsciously, putting getting pregnant at the back of your mind, not stopping to reflect on why you haven’t conceived despite not taking any precautions.

How do you decide when it is the right time to get pregnant?
It is such a delicate balance.
When adults are together and they both are ready to start a family at the same time, when each may be pursuing different goals in life. Are you both committed to the same extent?

Hormonal surges, the proximity of family and friends and personal life experience can all influence how you feel and alter your urgency and desire to start a family.

Being constantly asked when you are thinking of starting a family can be insensitive and grating.

During online consultations I often see women cry when they recall the harsh, unthinking words of strangers or even those closest to them asking “When are you having a baby?” It would seem it is legitimate to ask this when actually they are asking “How successful is your sex life?”
Unfortunately, the number one influencing factor in becoming pregnant is age and specifically the age of the woman. There is no denying the younger you are generally (medical conditions excluded) the better your chances of getting pregnant quickly and easily.
Conversely, I have been interviewed on the Radio about Fertility and Teenage pregnancies. I advocate a better understanding and more education in schools for both boys and girls of the reproductive system in general and how, to give one example, STD’s (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) sometimes dormant and asymptomatic can fatally damage fertility in both men and women.
I talk to women everyday who have no clue about their reproductive health – no idea when ovulation takes place. This is not to be made fun of – but rather to indicate how much more we need to know.
Recently I have been approached by many more women around the age of 20 to 25 who want to start a family or are concerned about being Fertility Fit – or in the best shape they can be for conception or they express concerns about “Ever being able to have a baby”

Some people would consider that as being too young but is it? Each individual must make that choice for themselves. We are conditioned by society, judging others for their decisions. Culturally and religious expectations may mean that a woman or couple choose to have a baby at a younger age all of which I am able to understand.
My aim is to give you the best advice and guidance for you to meet you wherever you are on your Fertility Journey now and support you with expert, experience advice and compassion and empathy.
Your top priority is to become pregnant and have a healthy baby, but you’re confused by conflicting information and who to trust. Every month, the two-week wait before your pregnancy test is filled with worry and anxiety. You feel like your losing hope and are physically and emotionally exhausted.

I’ve worked with couples who were told they could not have a baby and now have their much-longed for child. I combine my 20+ years of experience with the vital latest developments in technology and research in this expanding field. My integrated approach looks at your current physicaland emotional state, while providing complete confidentiality and support during one of the most difficult challenges of your life.

From no hope to a healthy baby.
Many of my clients come to me after they’ve been told there is no hope or possibility to have a baby and their fertility results indicate their chances of conceiving are very low. We put together a positive strategy that helped them move forward and have a healthy baby.
“Linda was my rock during those three years from being introduced to the world of fertility treatments with all its possibilities and frustrations to finally bringing my child for her to meet.”

I provide a confidential and reassuring space for you to share your deepest fears and private frustrations. My 20+ years and deep expertise in fertility includes:

• Guiding couples through the confusion around fertility
• Listening deeply to the fears and reservations couples or individuals may have around treatment
• Providing a compassionate and honest approach by supporting emotions and challenges
• Clearly explaining menstrual cycles and the fertility ‘window’
• Reminding them of their focus when they feel like they are losing hope
• Supporting them when they are disheartened or feel like giving up
• Helping women and men make lifestyle changes so that their fertility health is optimized
• Advising men through the confusion and sensitivity around their fertility
• Guiding women who wish to freeze their eggs and women who chose donor insemination
• Getting to the heart of specific challenges quickly to avoid wasting precious time
• Taking a calm and focused approach that helps people achieve their goals
• Utilizing the best options by supporting lifestyle changes, having the right test, choosing a fertility clinic or knowing when to seek a new approach
• Being a source of strength and compassion during the two-week wait to taking the next pregnancy test

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Everything is made better with support.

Infertility and its causes are psychologically overwhelming. The resulting heartache is often exacerbated by the physical emotional and financial strain of treatment and it can cause a huge psychological toll for the couple or individual.

When questioned, both men and women found the process of assisted Fertility Treatment made them anxious or depressed stating low self-esteem, stigma, medication side-effects, financial concerns and uncertainty of outcome all contributing to infertility related stress.

A study of fertility problems conducted by Middlesex University and Fertility Network UK, shows that more than half of all respondents feel sad, out of control, frustrated, helpless and fearful and worries nearly all of the time and 90% of these respondents reported feeling depressed. 

Those who learn they have fertility challenges often experience the same emotions as those grieving any significant loss shock, grief, depression, anger, frustration, low self-esteem, low self confidence, loss of control over their destiny.

Relationships frequently suffer, not only those between the partners trying to conceive but those with family friends, when misguided advice and opinions are offered. Couples dealing with infertility may start to avoid social interactions with friends who are pregnant or have small children.

Trying to conceive can also lead to anxiety related sexual intimacy and other marital conflicts.

Optimising your chances of conceiving naturally is preferable. The percentage of people who have IVF is very small, however much-needed medical intervention is sometimes the only way to start a family.

You need to get help and support for choices and outcomes. Together we will find coping strategies to provide help with making decisions, as you will face many choices if you wish to undergo treatment your lifestyle, sleep patterns and relationships may need to be improved.

Relaxation techniques, dietary adjustments and the right gentle exercise is vital.

What will working with me bring you?

Imagine having:  

  • A clear course of action so that you are no longer frantically looking for the latest fertility information and jumping from one thing to another
  • Regular periods and knowing when you are ovulating
  • Peace of mind that you and your partner have healthy eggs and sperm
  • Having someone to confide in and support you during this often stressful process
  • The intimacy you and your partner once had
  • Expert advice on the right clinic, if appropriate, and recommendations for other professionals
  • Guidance to improve egg or sperm quality, womb lining, hormonal and endocrine issues
  • Support in managing frustrations and dealing with disappointment
  • Having someone to turn to that you trust will guide you

As your fertility expert, I will be with you during the stress and uncertainty. You’ll have me to give you the strength to keep going during the confusion, hope and disappointment bringing you to your ultimate goal of having a healthy baby.  

Your personalized fertility course of action will include: 

  • Lifestyle advice including how to manage stress and the foods that help with conception because a healthy pregnancy relies on having a healthy body and mind
  • Observing and charting your menstrual cycle and fertile window to optimize natural conception
  • Managing hormonal and endocrine issues
  • Suggestions to check physical issues such as:
    • Fallopian tubes are free from blockages
    • Fibroids
    • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
    • Painful intercourse
  • Identifying your follicular, ovulation and luteal phases and the best things to do during each phase
  • Understanding cervical PH
  • Support to help with the stress and anxiety that you may encounter during your struggle
  • Explain postcoital testing
  • Listening to men who have their own personal set of emotions
  • Reducing cortisol
  • Pregnancy and postpartum care

Medical doctors agree that 6-12 weeks of positive lifestyle changes can improve the quality of sperm and the lining of the endometrium (Source: NICE National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) 

Has your fertility treatment been suspended? Support during Covid-19

This is an unprecedented time, never in living memory have we experienced the extraordinary repercussions of a pandemic.

As an infertility counsellor I am turning my thoughts to the numerous fertility patients who have had their fertility treatment disrupted, postponed or cancelled. If you are one of those patients, whether you were about to begin your treatment or if it was already underway, it is highly likely that your vulnerability and anxiety levels have been intensified by the decision to halt treatment services.

Perhaps you have already endured a long, painful and expensive journey, with many challenges along the way, to finally reach a point of commencing or being about to commence treatment. The unexpected and sudden loss of treatment options has left many patients with fear, no sense of control and a heightened feeling of uncertainty about their fertility future. A sense that everything has changed, whilst at the same time nothing has changed for the better, hence a range of emotions are to be expected at this time.

You may experience a multitude of reactions, including: sadness, frustration, anger, guilt, fear and, perhaps for some, even relief. If you have experienced the pain of unsuccessful treatment, abandoned cycles, miscarriage and loss, you may also find that painful memories are re-triggered.

‘Alone’ is a word I hear on a daily basis; trying to conceive can be an isolating journey, so at a time when clinics have closed their doors and the government is asking everybody to isolate, it is understandable that already heightened anxieties are exacerbated.

When our world has been turned upside down it is vital that we acknowledge how we’re feeling. Support is essential in finding meaningful ways of validating our feelings and giving us the permission to experience the full range of emotions we might have. The help of a specialist fertility counsellor can help empower you to name and feel your feelings, resulting in the ability to process sadness.

It is common to dismiss painful feelings and replace them with thoughts of people who are worse off, particularly at this time during a public health crisis.

Whilst not denying that this is true, life is also subjective and it is imperative that, to avoid a downward negative spiral, we do not dismiss our own feelings, as this often leaves us with a sense of worthlessness.

It is completely natural to imagine scenarios with negative outcomes, which is known as ‘anticipatory grief’. The future is uncertain and any sense of control we previously had has been unexpectedly snatched away, leading to thoughts of worst case scenarios.

Validating our emotions and thoughts is vital, as is setting aside a time limit to focus on them, which can be hugely helpful. With no time limit we may quickly find ourselves spiralling downward, losing optimism and only focusing on the negatives. It is crucial we reach a place where any negative thoughts can be replaced with more balanced, rational and healthy thoughts. Whilst it is common and completely natural to have negative thoughts interweaved with positive surges, the primary goal is to find balance.

When we are completely overwhelmed and struggling in our discomfort, it is often helpful to focus on the present time, using a grounding technique for a sense of calm, bringing you back to the here and now. Focus on your breathing, your sensations of breathing, the ground beneath you, five things you can see around you, four things you can hear, three things you can touch, two things you can smell and one thing you can taste. Breathe and acknowledge that in the present moment none of your negative scenarios have happened.

Identifying something that will add value to your day can generate positivity and a sense of achievement. This is something you can control at a time when you have little control. Now is a time to be positive about your future, which you can begin to work towards right now:
Self-care is no less important when you are not in active fertility treatment. Focus on becoming healthier and eating well.

Our physical and mental health is inter-linked, hence creating a routine that includes some form of physical exercise can help.
Mindfulness techniques, like the one above, or other relaxation methods, including meditation or music, can be useful to help calm the mind and learn to let go, as well as simply going with the flow at this moment.

Writing or maintaining a journal of your feelings and experiences can be a therapeutic outlet allowing thoughts to be processed.

Joining a group can help immensely, such as a book club or other past time you enjoy, many of these can now be accessed remotely. Fertility podcasts are increasingly popular and there are also thousands of non-fertility related ones.
Gardening can often be therapeutic as you tend to something you can control.
Learning new hobbies can help to shift focus and keep your mind distracted.

Working through a ‘to do list’ of jobs in the home will keep you both busy and feeling positive when you tick off jobs completed.
Practise gratitude. Remind yourself every single day of one thing you are grateful for.
The most essential coping tip at this time is communication. Allowing time in your day to talk about your feelings can make a significant difference to the sense of isolation you may be feeling.

Think about your support network – your family, friends and colleagues, and if you haven’t shared your journey yet perhaps now is the time to identify at least one person you can talk to. Communication is extremely important for everybody, particularly if you are single and facing this challenging time alone.

It is normal to need support at a time when you may be feeling stuck and distressed. Counselling can help to aid mental health, support wellbeing and build resilience with the ongoing uncertainty during this pandemic.

Stay Hydrated

Fluids play a key role in transporting hormones, developing follicles and maintaining optimum consistency and quantity of both semen and cervical mucus.

Water helps us to absorb nutrients and eliminate toxins, both of which are important for fertility.

If your cervical mucus is too thick to promote conception it may be that you are just dehydrated. Men can also improve the quality of semen just by drinking the right amount of water.

Water is one of the most important nutrients we consume. Seventy percent of the human body is water and it is vital to the functioning of each and every system.

Depending on your weight and body type you can find calculators that will give you the average amount of fluids you should consume per day but listening to your body is also important.

Try not to wait until you are very thirsty you are already dehydrated at this point instead:

*** Drink filtered water throughout the day.

*** Vegetable juices with a high water content (as well as the solid vegetables) celery, cucumber, tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, mushrooms, broccoli.

*** Fruits eaten whole also contain fibre which is vital for digestion apples, oranges, melon, grapes the lists go on..

*** If you are consuming fruit juice please dilute it with filtered water.

*** There are numerous herbal teas widely available so find some that you like, personally I have a wide variety that I choose from depending on what I feel I need.

Please remember that these teas do have medicinal benefits so it is important not to over consume them and if possible check tea bags do not contain plastic.

Please remember that tea, coffee, caffeinated drinks ( including some sodas) alcohol, high salt content foods and dry foods such as crackers, dried fruits, nuts, crisps, processed foods, cheese, cured meats, cured fish (such as smoked salmon) all take fluids out of the digestive tract.

Good quality Green Tea contains 10 times more powerful anti oxidants called polyphenois than black tea and only about half the caffeine. The art to green tea is how you brew it – 85 degrees is optimal (not with boiling water) steeped for 3 to 4 minutes depending on your taste.

Is conceiving much harder than you ever anticipated?

My integrated approach looks at your current physical and emotional state, while providing you with complete confidentiality and support during one of the most difficult challenges of your life.

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Acupuncture has a positive effect on IVF

I qualified as an acupuncturist in 1995 and it is a field of work that I have loved from the beginning of my studies. The breadth and depth of the subject is endlessly fascinating to me. Over the last 25 years my practice naturally evolved more towards women’s health and then my post graduate studies concentrated on gynaecology and assisted fertility support. I am a member of the British Acupuncture Council and when I see patients face to face rather than having a remote online session I often recommend a course of treatment for both partners when they are preparing for or actively trying to conceive.
Acupuncture has a positive impact on the birth rate of subtotal women undergoing IVF or exceed a study has shown a recent systematic review found acupuncture to significantly improve birth rates

A summary of previous reviews found acupuncture to significantly improve clinical pregnancy rates and it is a suitable treatment option to help reduce stress and anxiety levels.

How are results calculated?

A recent systematic review and meta analysis (which is the highest level of research for evaluating the facts of a treatment) a total of 3’188 subfertile women from a 12 randomised control trials were included in the latest investigation.

What did the research find?

Acupuncture significantly improve the live birth rate of subfertile patients undergoing IVF & ICSI

This is important because in the UK the overall birth rate following assisted reproduction is only 21 to 22% whether from a fresh or frozen cycle. The birthrate of course varies with age the most successful being an under 35-year-old (29%) diminishing to only 7% between the age of 43 and 44. (The human fertilisation and embryology authority study)
Live birth rates are considered the most important measure of success for subtotal people undergoing treatment.

Acupuncture improves emotional well-being during IVF. Assisted reproduction treatments can be stressful emotionally, physically and financially and interventions to support the psychological impact of subfertility and fertility treatment should be offered.
Studies indicate that acupuncture treatment can reduce stress and or anxiety and increase women’s ability to cope with the IVF process.

When should you have acupuncture?

A comprehensive acupuncture treatment management strategy may be required leading up to a cycle, pre-treatment, during ovarian stimulation, with the aim to influence the development of ovarian follicles. This is to increase blood supply.
In addition, treatment may also be provided around embryo transfer and shortly afterwards during the two week wait before a pregnancy test to possibly influence implantation and relieve stress and anxiety resulting from uncertainty.

What you need to know about egg freezing

Women request consultations with me to discuss this highly confidential and often very emotional matter with me, they need the support of an expert to listen to their concerns and confusion.

Should I do it now ?
What is the best time to do this?
Is there a cut off point?
How much will it cost?
How long can I store my eggs for
Is defrosting a easy process
What are the success rates?

When women talk about their fertility and gynaecological health it can be complex and and bring to the surface a lot of feelings.

We talk about their
Menstrual history, Gynaecological and sexual health, recent or current contraception methods.

There may have been a previous termination or miscarriage and frequently when an in depth consultation takes place tears come to the surface.

Women face the fact that they have a finite time when they are fertile and men by contrast can go on having a family for decades after this and it may feel unfair and they resent being ‘made’ to make choices when they do not feel ready.

I have worked with dozens of women who have –

  • Thought about egg preservation and are confused and bewildered
  • Wanted clarity about egg freezing
  • Decided to freeze their eggs and need support and guidance.

Fertility preservation or egg freezing or “giving oneself a little insurance” is a choice an increasing number of women are making, it goes a little way to preserving their fertility by storing their eggs when they are under 35 years old.

The decision is rarely taken lightly as there is an emotional, physical and financial investment.

Increasingly in large metropolitan cities women are tending to have children later in life than the last couple of generations. The process of egg freezing is privately funded and of course carries a significant cost.

A lot of fertility clinics will offer a three cycle package to increase the number of eggs stored.

The process can be undertaken by Single women, hetrosexual or lesbian, wishing to preserve their eggs until they feel they are in the right relationship to start a family.

If medical treatment is necessary which may diminish their egg reserve.

Once the decision has been made it is important to find the correct clinic for you. In the UK we have the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and they give Inspection ratings, Patient ratings, Treatments available, if female staff are available and birth rate statistics.

You can enquire at 2 to 3 clinics and get a feeling of what the protocol is like, if you feel comfortable with the practitioners and perhaps attend an open evening.

Please bear in mind the relative convenience of the clinic in proximity to your home or work address as you will be required to attend for consultations, blood tests and regular scans it’s not necessarily always the best thing to go to your nearest clinic but I would say that if you’re going to a clinic far away from where you live or work you must take into consideration the amount of stress this may cause particularly when some appointments are time sensitive and may need to be early in the morning.

The decision as to whether take to take an antagonist protocol or mild stimulation will come down to a combination of factors –

  • The age of the patient.
  • AMH results
  • Broad spectrum hormonal test results
  • The personality/tolerance/preferences of the person having the treatment
  • If there are any pre-existing conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, which needs to be monitored carefully.

When eggs are stored they are suspended in a Cyroprotectant solution which facilitates the storage for 10 years plus, however the outer edge of the egg becomes tougher so ICSI (IntraCytoplasmic Sperm Injection) is required for fertilisation and this would carry an extra cost.

There is a general anaesthetic involved for egg harvesting which should be taken into consideration and the approximate cost in the UK is £5000 per cycle plus storage charges, for however many years is required. There is also approximately an additional cost of £2500 for thawing the egg and undergoing an embryo transfer this is as of March 2020.

Please be sure to ask your Clinic if you can store them at a yearly cost paying annually rather than being told you need to do it for a long period of time. It is of course important to store as many eggs as you feel comfortable with, more than 25 is advisable as they have got to be defrosted (perhaps in a batch of 8 each time) only some of those will defrost successfully and go on to be viable for fertilisation and will continue on to be developed into embryos, three or five days blastocyst and transferred back into the uterus for implantation.


Patients are very carefully monitored to prevent ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome and symptoms of this should never be ignored. During the stimulation phase patients may be scanned every second day on average to monitor how the medication affects the ovaries but please pay attention if you have any severe bloating symptoms, pain in the lower abdomen or difficulty breathing. If your clinic is not available to speak to immediately or it is the weekend you should immediately go to accident and emergency at your nearest hospital.

You deserve to put your health and fertility first – contact me today to find professional help and guidance