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My life as an intern at Bath Fertility

“During my undergraduate degree in biochemistry at the University of Birmingham I realised that embryology was the career for me, so when I was offered the chance to undertake an internship at Bath Fertility I jumped at the opportunity. Now having spent 3 months in the lab I have gained invaluable experience and a real … Continued

Is your life on hold?

Our Counsellor, Gill Aldridge, says she often hear patients comment that walking through the doors of Bath Fertility feels like handing over control of their lives to the medical team. Frequently, patients tell her they feel powerless in their fertility journey, as there is no certainty and no guarantee of success. “You are working with … Continued

The journey from egg to blastocyst

In natural conception, the open end of the fallopian tube moves towards the ovary. At ovulation the egg is released when the surface of the follicle gently tears open. The open end of the fallopian tube is fringed with little tentacles (a bit like a sea anemone) and these little fronds, called fimbriae, gently catch … Continued

Bath Fertility’s contribution to the results of the PIP-study

Bath Fertility was one of the UK centres involved in the PIP-study, an international randomised controlled trial looking into the effects of endometrial scratching on IVF treatment outcomes. The results were presented at the 2018 ESHRE annual conference and caused quite a stir because the research showed there was no difference in pregnancy rates between … Continued

How to interpret IVF success rates

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) – our regulatory authority – requires all clinics to provide information about treatment outcomes which are then verified and published on the HFEA website. These are available to anyone who wants to check a clinic’s performance. In the past pregnancy rates were published annually in a handbook, which … Continued

40 Years of IVF – A Personal Perspective

By N.C Sharp, Senior Director at Bath Fertility I graduated from medical school in 1976, having decided to pursue a career in Obstetrics & Gynaecology. I was therefore a Junior Doctor when the birth of Louise Brown was announced in July 1978, and the collaboration of a Scientist (Robert Edwards), a Gynaecologist (Patrick Steptoe) and … Continued

Recent studies show no benefit from endometrial scratching

There has been a lot of attention in the press lately around endometrial scratching, a procedure that was thought to help embryos implant by improving the endometrial receptivity. Endometrial scratching involves creating a small area of injury to the endometrium by passing a sterile catheter through the cervix and into the uterus. The endometrium (lining … Continued

Does egg freezing work, should I get tested?

During fetal development, the female baby develops her own store of eggs – approximately 4 million in fact. By the time the girl has reached puberty, many of these have disappeared – though we don’t know why. At puberty there are about 400,000 eggs in the ovaries, and these will gradually be used up over … Continued

From Patient Advisor to Health Care Assistant – a new career opportunity

Here at Bath Fertility we support our employees continued professional development, so we are delighted that our team member, Hannah Long, has moved from the Business Team to become a Health Care Assistant in the Nursing Team. Hannah has always been passionate about health care and became increasingly interested in fertility when working as a … Continued

What does egg donation involve? – Meet our dedicated Egg Donation Team

If you are interested in donating your eggs, or need donor eggs as a part of your fertility treatment, you will meet our friendly Donation Coordinators. Our team are experts in understanding the circumstances of women who would like to donate their eggs, and also women who need donor eggs in their treatment. The first … Continued