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EllieMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 22-Jan-18 09:29:18

Whether you’ve had any problems with getting pregnant or not, fertility can be quite confusing. Therefore CARE Fertility would love you to ask your fertility questions to their experts: Professor Arri Coomarasamy, Dr Sue Montgomery and Judith Byrne.

Here’s what CARE Fertility have to say: “It’s time to talk about fertility. 1 in every 6 people trying for a baby will experience challenges getting pregnant. CARE Fertility are the UK’s leading fertility clinic with over 28,000 CARE babies born to date. At CARE we will do everything we can for every person who needs our help, to give everyone the very best chance of having a baby of their own.
CARE Fertility have clinics all over the UK, from London to Sheffield and Manchester, Nottingham, Northampton, Tunbridge Wells and Birmingham, and more. Our experts for this Q&A include expertise from three of our Clinics.”

Do you have a question about conceiving? Maybe you’d like to know more about freezing your eggs? Or perhaps you’d like some more information on IVF? Whatever fertility questions you’d like to know the answer to, CARE Fertility’s experts are here to help.

Please post your questions on the thread below and we’ll choose 15 for Professor Arri Coomarasamy, Dr Sue Montgomery and Judith Byrne to answer and then post a link to the responses as soon as possible. Everyone who posts their questions will be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a £150 voucher of their choice (from a list).

Here is some information about the experts:
Professor Arri Coomarasamy is Medical Director at our Birmingham clinic. He's well known for his research at the University of Birmingham into early pregnancy care, reproductive medicine and global women's health, and is also the Director of Tommy's National Centre for Miscarriage Care and Research.

Dr Sue Montgomery is the Laboratory Manager at CARE Manchester. Sue has over 20 years of clinical embryology experience.

Judith Byrne, Clinic Director at our Northampton clinic and one of our most experienced team members with over 30 years fertility nursing experience.

Thanks and good luck


Standard Insight T&Cs apply

ErinSophia Mon 22-Jan-18 10:26:15

Do fertility lubricants such as Conceive Plus and Pre Seed actually help you to get pregnant ?

MynameisJune Mon 22-Jan-18 10:54:10

Just how much does stress affect conceiving. I’m constantly told to ‘relax and it will happen’ but I don’t think of myself as particularly stressed out. So how do we know what is too much stress?

sophherts Mon 22-Jan-18 10:55:57

Does ovulation bleeding occur just before ovulation or on the day of ovulation? And is it always pink/brown or can it be steamed red too?

sophherts Mon 22-Jan-18 10:56:09

*streaked red

Mammabear31 Mon 22-Jan-18 10:57:26

My husband and I have been suffering from secondary infertility for nearly 2 years. I recently had a scan that showed a fibroid in my cervix. Could it be related to the infertility, or perhaps to the EMCS I had with my first child (scar tissue)?

mamabear05 Mon 22-Jan-18 11:06:46

Does adenomyosis affect fertility?

Does a miscarriage after healthy pregnancies mean a greater chance of secondary infertility or is it more likely this is just bad luck?

Can a uti affect implantation and cause early miscarriage?

CoffeeWithMyOxygen Mon 22-Jan-18 11:19:04

If the woman doesn’t orgasm (and never has) is this likely to affect her ability to conceive?

SillyMoomin Mon 22-Jan-18 11:46:47

What are the real statistics about getting pregnant after 35? Should someone freeze their eggs if almost 35 and (as yet) no possible partner on the horizon?

sharond101 Mon 22-Jan-18 11:48:25

How much influence does diet have?

DaisyMay25 Mon 22-Jan-18 11:55:43

I don't drink but my DH does now and again, if this likely to affect fertility?

Lyyolls Mon 22-Jan-18 12:06:30

Re males - does certain conditions such as high blood pressure and cholesterol along with certain medications for e.g. blood pressure tablets, steroids etc. cause poor sperm quality resulting in miscarriages?

TellMeItsNotTrue Mon 22-Jan-18 12:10:47

Why is it harder to conceive if you have endometriosis, I understand the basics of it but don't see why it makes a difference to chances of conceiving

foxessocks Mon 22-Jan-18 12:33:39

Does alcohol consumption massively effect fertility I.e. should both partners cut down while ttc?

NickSharratsFeltTip Mon 22-Jan-18 12:42:19

what factors affect male fertility - eg is it true that laptops and bike riding might have a negative impact?

LifeOfRiley63 Mon 22-Jan-18 12:44:40

I had a failed termination (vacuum aspiration) 3 years ago, which had to be repeated due to incompletion. I went back onto Cerelle straight after. I stopped taking it 3 months ago, but still no sign of a period or withdrawl bleed yet.
I asked my GP when I first came off the pill and she said it can take from 6-12 months for my periods to return. I am worried after reading up on pelvic inflammatory disorder. Should I go to my GP again?
I've been measuring my cervix and it is constantly high, soft but closed.

ButterflyOfFreedom Mon 22-Jan-18 13:27:05

What are the lower and upper age limits for those eligible for fertility treatment?

BlueTablecloth Mon 22-Jan-18 13:40:46

what non invasive options are there? what age is too late to seek fertility treatment?

AniSL Mon 22-Jan-18 13:46:59

In male factor infertility, what causes a sperm to not mature?

WineCheeseSleep Mon 22-Jan-18 15:06:17

Is luteal phase defect a real issue? I read a lot about it when I was TTC but when I saw a specialist he pretty much said it wasn't a real issue and as I was ovulating that was enough. I'm very fortunate that I did get pregnant after 18 months of trying, but always wondered if having a luteal phase of 10 days was the reason it took so long.

hoping2018 Mon 22-Jan-18 16:26:46

I have incredibly light periods - does this mean I am more likely to have a thin lining before transfer (and possibly have to delay it) and is this linked to my low AMH at all? Thank you

MyBumpIsOnlyPudding Mon 22-Jan-18 16:43:33

Do alternative treatments such as Agnus Castus or Evening Primrose Oil affect fertility? Is it safe to take them if not suggested by doctors?

roule Mon 22-Jan-18 16:48:47

Why is there so little investigation into causes of male factor infertility by clinics? Is there a reason why many fertility clinics don't employ urologists/andrologists?

Do menstrual cycles of 25-26 days impact fertility and chances of conception?

Is early ovulation eg. day 9 or 10, a cause for concern?

AmazingGrace16 Mon 22-Jan-18 19:56:52

What specifically avout fertility changes as you get older? We conceived dc1 immediately but still ttc#2 and over 8 months in I'm wondering what has actually changed since dc1

purplesquirrel1 Mon 22-Jan-18 21:29:23

I had the flu and my period came a week and a half early. It was stupendously heavy, painful and with lots of clots. I think it might have been a miscarriage.
I was due to have blood tests to check my hormone levels as we have been ttc for over a year and I'm nearly 38.
Will I have to wait for my period to settle into its new cycle before I can have the blood tests now ( it was like clock work before)?
Thank you 😊

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