Recent Q&As

Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser Syndrome and pregnancy

Dear Professor Winston, I would like some advice on a rare condition that I  have been recently diagnosed with. I am in my mid-20s and have never experienced periods; there is no bleeding but I still get all other symptoms.  I have always been very slim  so the lack of  periods was put down to my...

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Best ways to get pregnant at 43?

Dear Professor Winston, I am 43 years old, and unfortunately I find myself still single.  I am considering whether to have a child, trying to use my own eggs.  I have had a number of tests done:  AMH, LH, FSH. I am aware of the low success rates at my age and as I am...

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How many eggs should we thaw at a time?

Dear Robert, My partner and I are currently undergoing a frozen egg donation cycle. We successfully fertilised 8 eggs but are now nearing the end of that supply and wanted to ask your advice. On our first attempt we were advised to thaw 4 eggs, and the two that survived the thaw on day 2...

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Situs Ambiguous and Infertility

Dear Professor Winston, I would value and appreciate your opinion on my on going battle with infertility.  My husband and I started trying for a baby 5 years ago.  I'm in my mid 30's and have never had a natural pregnancy, my husband is in his 40's with no sperm issues. I had a laparoscopy 3 years...

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Unexplained infertility and genetics

Dear Professor Winston, I'm a 35 year old female, my husband is also 35, we are both fit and healthy, we have been trying to conceive for 8 years and have had 5 cycles of IVF, the 1st 2 cycles were PGD due to a genetic condition(which later turned out not to be x-linked) I...

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Chances of conceiving at 50

Dear Robert I am 50 years of age, and have 3 children, all conceived and delivered naturally.  I am re-married and my husband (also a father of 3) would love a child of our own.  I still menstruate monthly, and I am fit and healthy.  Last month was our first month of trying and I...

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Egg retrieval and pregnancy after Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Hello, My daughter is 20's & in the 4th year of her 4th remission & has had 2 bone marrow transplants due to Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. She's been refused NHS funding for egg retrieval/storage due to her situation not being "exceptional enough". She's been told that menopause will happen very soon due to all the...

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Fertility after the pill and a burst cyst

Dear Professor Winston, I hope you can help me, as I feel I'm getting no support currently from my doctors! I stopped taking cerazette in April last year due to my husband and I wanting to try for a baby. We are both healthy in our late 20's so thought nothing of it other than...

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Do depot contraceptives cause infertility?

Dear Professor Winston, After bleeding for three months straight I quit the depot. In 2007, I quit my shots and since then I was never able to have kids or even get pregnant Did this depo burn all my eggs ? Or did it affect something or damage any else I should be worried about. And i can't...

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Smoking, drinking and IVF

Hi Robert, My partner and I are at the very beginning of ivf; she is due to start her injections etc approximately on the 20th of next month roughly 5 weeks away. We've had an ectopic pregnancy before and upon further investigation the hospital removed both of her fallopian tubes due to them being blocked/damaged, ...

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Intense physical exercise and sperm count

Dear Professor Winston, I'm currently training for a Half Marathon which is in 3weeks time, however I am concerned that the intense exercise will effect my sperm count. My wife & I are trying for a 2nd baby and I am worried that after 6 months of trying my training is doing more harm than...

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IVF after Cesarean Section

Hello Prof Winston, I am 36 yrs old and my husband is 42. We have a 8 yr old and a 6 yr old who were conceived naturally within 6 months. We have been trying to conceive number 3 for 3 yrs. A laparoscopy not long time ago showed mild endometriosis which was removed. My...

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Vanishing Twin Syndrome and possible complications

Dear Prof. Winston, I had ICSI treatment in June - two embryos were put in and at 6wk4d, a viability scan showed two sacs and two heartbeats, although one sac was much smaller than the other, and I was told I had a viable twin pregnancy. At 10wk2d, I had a private scan and was...

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Cancers after ovarian stimulation

Dear Professor Winston, I have been trying to find out information on the increased risk of cancers in women having IVF treatment/fertility injections. I believe the risk is mainly around ovarian cancer. I understand from your book that there is no clear evidence of an increased risk of ovarian cancer in women who are successful...

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Uterine damage after surgical procedure and IVF

Hello, We have just had our second failed cycle with icsi, we got to early blastocyst stage on both cycles,but unfortunately the embryos failed to implant!😔 13 years ago I had an abortion; could there be scar tissue preventing them to implant, and would you advise a hysteroscopy, or is it down to pot luck!...

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Laparoscopy before IVF?

Dear Robert, I've just read your Essential Fertility Guide book, and caught the tail end of your discussion with Vanessa Feltz during one of her recent BBC Radio London shows. I'm 34 years old, trying to conceive for 2 years. Recently diagnosed with 2 endometriomas on right and left ovaries (15x29x27mm), HSG show tubes are...

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IVF and embryo grade

Dear Professor Winston, Firstly, thank-you for the opportunity to raise these questions, it is an incredibly valuable and kind service to people who often find themselves in isolating circumstances. I am a healthy 44 year old women with a 50 year old, similarly healthy, partner, and we are currently in the midst of our first...

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Is my weight affecting my fertility?

Dear Professor Winston My husband and I have been trying to conceive naturally for exactly a year, generally we are both in good health however I weigh 15 and a half stone and am5ft 7in. I have tested for ovulation every month for the last 8 months and have always tested positive - around day...

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Irregular cycle & incomplete investigation

Dear Lord Winston, Thank you for looking at my question. I am 29 and have been trying to conceive with my husband (31) for nearly 2 years. I have my next appointment with my consultant next week and I want to meet him knowing if there is anything I should be asking for, rather than...

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Fertility and Turner’s syndrome

Dear Professor Winston, My query concerns ovary transplants. My daughter, aged 26, has Turner's Syndrome. She has a uterus, was born with small ovaries and now takes HRT as she effectively has no eggs remaining, but has been told she could have IVF. I hear reports of ovary transplants in women who have had cancer...

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What questions to ask GP?

Dear Professor Winston, My Husband and I are about to embark on the NHS as a first point of call to discover why we have not been successful in naturally conceiving. We started trying to conceive in June 2014 and we were successful very quickly but unfortunately this ended in a miscarriage at around eight...

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IVF at 47 and high BMI.

Dear Professor Winston Can you please give me your views on weight issues for a 47 year old going through IVF with donor eggs? I have had one fresh cycle resulting in a negative, and one frozen transfer resulting in another negative. I have one frozen 5day blast left to transfer if it makes it...

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Blocked tube clipped or removed…

Dear Robert My wife has had a tube removed and has a badly blocked tube due to having a burst appendix as a child. We have already had one failed try using IVF. We are currently deciding whether or not to have another go at IVF but we are unsure whether it would be better to...

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