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  • Menstrual Cycle Basics: What You Need To Know

    August 30, 2020Hertility

    If you’re anything like us, your memories of sex ed probably revolve around cringing, as your science teacher put a condom on a banana, rather than actually understanding the ins and outs of the amazing process that women go through every month. You aren’t alone if your only knowledge of the menstrual cycle is that it exists, involves blood, and can cause PMS.  If you wish that a text message…

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  • PMS or PMDD? Period Blues and Your Mental Health

    August 30, 2020Grace Firmin-Guion

    Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)  has been around as long as we’ve been having periods. But what used to be a taboo topic and often the butt of sexist jokes, is now an active point of conversation among women. With the period-related chat flowing, the door is finally open for researchers to give women the answers we’ve been waiting for, and it’s interesting to see the impact your cycle could be having…

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  • Age and Fertility: Is Your ‘Biological Clock’ Ticking Away?

    August 30, 2020Hertility

    The infamous “biological clock” concept, yet another social pressure to add to the modern woman’s life. What started as an undoubtedly sexist term in the seventies to push women into motherhood after a drop in fertility rates, has clung on to modern society’s ideals and still lingers around today… But does this mythical clock actually have any scientific evidence to prove that age and fertility are closely linked? Believe it…

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  • PCOS & a Dermoid Cyst To Top It All Off

    August 30, 2020Hertility

    Erratic periods I’ve always had a feeling something wasn’t quite right with my hormones. Nothing major… but something a little skew-whiff. Since I was a teenager I’ve had erratic periods. They’re on the light side, making me one of the lucky ones, but sometimes they won’t come for months. Once, just after my final exams at university, my period didn’t come for about 9 months. I’ve always been a normal…

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  • How Your Fertility May Be Affected By Your Lifestyle

    August 30, 2020Hertility

    We’re all guilty of having bad habits; smoking, drinking, over-indulging on the caffeine or stressing out over the simplest of things, these are common poor lifestyle choices we often make. But vices like these can not only impact your general health but your fertility too.  1 in 7 heterosexual couples in the UK experience fertility struggles and for those, modifying bad habits and lifestyle choices are the first step. Whilst…

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  • Cervical Screening: Have No Fear, Get Your Smear!

    August 30, 2020Zoya Ali

    Turning 25 not only marks the end of your first quarter of a century on earth, but it also calls for a (rather mundane) birthday card from the NHS, reminding you to book in for your cervical screening.   Now you’re ‘of age’, this is going to become something of a routine for you every few years, but just because it’s routine, doesn’t mean we fully understand the ins and outs…

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  • The Journey to Parenthood for LGBTQ+ Families

    August 30, 2020Grace Firmin-Guion

    Much like humans, the families we’re born into come in all shapes and sizes, but regardless of which mould it fits – family is family. At Hertility, we celebrate families of all kinds which is why we’re proud to offer routes to care for LGBTQ+ families seeking new mini-members. For any couple, beginning the journey to parenthood can be daunting – no matter who you’re starting a family with. But…

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  • Recurrent Miscarriages Explained

    August 30, 2020Zoya Ali

    Experiencing a pregnancy loss can be a very emotional process, and it is understandable to have many questions about why it happened. Feeling a range of emotions including, frustration, guilt and anger, is normal; but it’s important to remember that you are not alone, as around 1 in 100 also experiences recurrent miscarriages.  A pregnancy loss is a clinically-recognised pregnancy that spontaneously ends before 20 weeks. A clinically-recognised pregnancy is…

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  • Hypothalamic Amenorrhea: Behind Your Missing Menses

    August 30, 2020Zoya Ali

    Hypothalamic amenorrhea (HA) is when your menstrual cycle and ovulation are interrupted due to the influence of the hypothalamus gland, located in the brain. It is a commonly occurring condition in women with eating disorders,athletes or dancers or those with a low body mass index (BMI). What causes hypothalamic amenorrhea? The hypothalamus is a small region of the brain that plays a crucial role in many important functions, including the…

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  • PCOS 101- This One Is For Our Cysters!

    August 30, 2020Zoya Ali

    Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), is one of the most common endocrine disorders affecting women of reproductive age. It causes an imbalance of reproductive hormones and affects as many as 1 in 5 women in the UK. Despite the large number of women it affects, many cysters don’t get diagnosed until they are having difficulties conceiving. What is PCOS? “Polycystic”  means “many cysts” and is a syndrome that occurs when a…

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