Under The Microscope: What Makes IVF Successful

At the Zita West Clinic we believe our high success rates are down to our unique approach to fertility and the exceptional team of medical experts, fertility nurses, nutritionists, acupuncturists, counsellors and hypnotherapists that are here to support you throughout your IVF treatment.

To have a successful IVF treatment there are so many things that you must get right.

This week on The Fertility Show, we asked Dr George Ndukwe, Medical Director at the Zita West Family Clinic to tell us about the three most important factors we concentrate on at The Zita West Clinic to make IVF successful… watch below.

Three important factors that make IVF successful:

  • OPTIMISE SPERM AND EGG: The basis for a successful pregnancy is optimum sperm and egg. At Zita West Clinic we really take this very seriously. We have to prepare our patients for this to make sure that by the time they come to egg collection we have the best possible sperm and egg.

 

  • PERSONALISED IVF: There is no one size that fits all when it comes to IVF treatment. When we see a couple, we determine what is best for that individual couple.

 

  • TRANSFER TECHNIQUE: People think this is the easiest part of the whole process, however in my opinion it is actually the hardest and most important part. You can do whatever you like but if the embryo transfer goes wrong, the treatment is over at this point, so the transfer technique is really important to IVF success.

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Under The Microscope: Real Life ICSI Treatment

This week I’m kicking off a new series on my blog called ‘Under The Microscope’.

Over the next few weeks we will be looking at what we thinks makes IVF successful. I will be with George Ndkuwe our medical director and our embryologist Rob Smith and we’ll all be at the lab at Care London where we do our procedures and embryology.

I will be sharing the secrets of IVF success including: how we create embryos, how we choose embryos and what we do to ensure successful implantation. And George and Rob will be sharing their lives as IVF doctors and their advice, knowledge and wisdom.

So keep an eye out on the blog over the next few weeks.

This week I want to talk about Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). The development of ICSI has revolutionised male fertility, making it possible for men to have a family who would otherwise not have been able to and is now used in nearly half of all IVF treatments in the UK.

ICSI  involves injecting a single sperm directly into an egg to fertilise it. The fertilised egg (embryo) is then transferred into the womb a few days later. The development of ICSI means fertilisation is possible even if there are problems with your partner’s sperm and it is usually recommended if there is any reason to believe the egg will not fertilise with conventional IVF.

ICSI is used most often when your partner has:

  • A very low sperm count,
  • A very high percentage of abnormally shaped sperm,
  • A high level of anti-sperm antibodies.

Watch Rob Smith, the Clinic Director of CARE Fertility London as he talks us through a live ICSI treatment.

 

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Consultations are available at our Clinic in London, or our visiting clinics in Dublin and Cork or via Video Conferencing from the comfort of your own home.

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Quick & easy Beet Burst Smoothie for sperm health

Over the last few weeks I’ve been sharing some of my favourite recipes from my book, The IVF Diet Book. This week I‘m sharing with you my quick and easy Beets Burst Juice which helps energise your body during your IVF and today we are adding in Vitamen Burst 2.

This is a new, premium quality, antioxidant “booster” formulation, specially designed for use as a combination product alongside Vitamen or any other good quality mutivitamin and mineral supplement.

Beetroots are a fantastic source of the antioxidant resveratrol, which is thought to help combat against age-related infertility. They also supply nitrates known to improve blood flow to the sexual organs, making them useful for male fertility and for supporting a healthy uterus during embryo implantation.

This recipe is so simple and only takes 5 minutes to prepare!

Prep time: 5 minutes

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 large raw beetroot
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 celery stick
  • 120g fresh pineapple
  • 1 apple
  • 1 cucumber
  • Small piece of fresh ginger (optional)

Simply place all the ingredients in a juicer and whizz up. Divide between two glasses and mix well before serving.

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Consultations are available at our Clinic in London, or our visiting clinics in Dublin and Cork or via Skype from the comfort of your own home.

Connect with us: Call us on 0207 224 0017 or email us at clinics@zitawest.com

 

The foods and supplements that enhance male fertility

 

In this week’s episode of The Fertility Show, I am sharing with you the foods and supplements I recommend for male fertility during the preconception phase, which is the time before your partner gets pregnant.  

I’m a big believer that key nutrients can really help with sperm health and as men are producing sperm 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,  there is a lot that men can do with their diet to improve their sperm.

And as always, here’s your cheatsheet!

The foods I recommend for sperm health

Protein – Sperm needs  plenty of protein and amino acids as building blocks to build healthy sperm, so protein found in meat such as chicken is great.

Fats & Omega-3 –  Sperm also needs fats and omega-3, so rich in oily fish and nuts and seeds are good for this.

Berries – Blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are very rich in important antioxidants such as vitamin C and vitamin A. Pomegranates also are a rich form of anti-oxidants.

Beetroot – Beetroot is rich is in Resveratrol, which again is a very good antioxidant for the sperm.

Orange and yellow foods – Orange and yellow foods such as carrots and peppers contain beta carotene which is great for men. Tomatoes are also rich in lycopene which again is very good for sperm health.

Green leafy vegetables – Men need folic acid as much as women. It’s very good for cell division of the sperm. Folate is easily assimilated in the body and you can get it from green leafy vegetables such as;  broccoli, spinach, cabbage, parsley. Lots of green leafy vegetables will provide a good amount of folate.

The supplements I recommend for sperm health

Vitamen – We advise our male clients to take is Vitamen as it contains a broad range multivitamin and mineral that men need and possibly lack through their diet. Vitamen is specially formulated to help support male fertility and to help prepare the body for conception.

Vitamen Boost – We also have a Vitamen Boost, which is an enhanced product with lots of vitamin C, vitamin E, resveratrol and lycopene.  Vitamen Boost is a premium quality, antioxidant “booster” formulation, specially designed for use as a combination product alongside Vitamen or any other good quality mutivitamin and mineral supplement.

Vital DHA – Another product we recommend that men take alongside the multi-vitamin and mineral is Vital DHA. Vital DHA contains Omega 3 essential fatty acids, plus a small amount of Zinc. It has been designed to help protect both partners’ DNA from oxidative damage during preconception as well as to support normal fertility and healthy sperm production.

Vitamen Boost 2 – For men with a lot of sperm issues, we use Vitamen Boost 2, which is a unique combination of zinc, selenium, carnitine, arginine and lycopene developed in order to provide key nutrients that support sperm count, motility and morphology

All of our products are available in our shop.

For weekly tips, advice and wisdom on natural fertility and IVF, subscribe to our Fertility Show on YouTube.

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Consultations are available at our Clinic in London, or our visiting clinics in Dublin and Cork or via Skype from the comfort of your own home.

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Virgin Bloody Mary Recipe For Male Fertility & Boosting Sperm

Over the last few week’s I’ve been sharing some of my favourite recipes  from my book, The IVF Diet Book. This week I‘m sharing with you my quick and easy refreshing tomato juice recipe, which I like to call the Virgin Bloody Mary.

This energising, hydrating juice is rich in lycopene and is ideal for preparing the body for IVF. Lycopene is especially important for improving sperm health: a low intake of lycopene in the diet is associated with poor semen quality and male infertility.

This recipe is so simple and only takes 5 minutes to prepare!

Prep time: 5 minutes

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 6 medium-sized ripe tomatoes
  • 2 celery sticks
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 lime, peeled
  • 3-4 dashes of Worcestershire sauce, to taste
  • 3-4 dashes of Tabasco sauce, to taste
  • ½ tsp baobab powder
  • ½ tsp acai powder
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Small slice of fresh horseradish (optional)
  • Crushed ice, to serve

Put the tomatoes, celery, cucumber and lime through a juicer. Stir in the remaining ingredients and serve with crushed ice.

For weekly tips, advice and wisdom on natural fertility and IVF, subscribe to our Fertility Show on YouTube.

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Consultations are available at our Clinic in London, or our visiting clinics in Dublin and Cork or via Skype from the comfort of your own home.

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Call us on 0207 224 0017 or email us at clinics@zitawest.com

 

Male infertility and Tim’s incredible story

Today, my blog post is a little different. There’s no cheat sheat or step by step guide on offer.

You see, while we were out on the streets of central London filming for The Fertility Show for my Youtube channel, we meet a lovely guy called Tim, who it turned out had an incredible story of discovering and coming to terms with his own fertility problems, and then making lifestyle changes to improve the quality of his sperm. At the time of filming, his wife was weeks away from having their first baby. Read more