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Episode 12 - Understanding your fertility

Starting a family is "the dream" for many people. As Marie tells Anna, it’s important to become fertility aware from an early age, particularly as one in seven couples in the UK encounter issues with conceiving. 

There are, of course, certain myths surrounding the nature of having a baby which doesn't always help. These include women not needing to worry about fertility until their 30s or, indeed, men remaining as fertile at 75 as they were at 21 – wishful thinking fellas! 

As Julia Bradbury explains, after being diagnosed with endometriosis in her mid-30s, there were many emotional highs and lows before she gave birth to her first child naturally at 40, and then to twins - through IVF - at 43.  

One thing is undeniable though – when trying to conceive staying as healthy and stress-free as possible does no harm at all.


 

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Things we learn in this fertility episode

When should you start thinking about your fertility? Most of us take it for granted throughout our lives but the truth is, one in seven couples across the UK will encounter issues with their fertility. Host Anna Richardson sits down with Dr Marie Wren, deputy director of the Lister Fertility Clinic, and TV presenter Julia Bradbury to understand the ups and downs of trying for a baby, IVF and how we can all become more fertility aware.

Fertility awareness Fiction

"Women shouldn’t worry about their fertility until they are in their 30s."
This is fiction. Marie tells Anna that it’s important to become fertility aware from an early age.

Male fertility Fiction

"Men’s fertility doesn’t change with age."
This is unfortunately fiction. Our understanding of the quality and quantity of sperm has changed. Marie explains that men also face increased risks when having a child later in life, and shouldn’t take their fertility for granted.

Fertility awareness Fact

"A healthy lifestyle can increase your chances of success when trying for a baby."
This is a fact! A healthy lifestyle can increase your chances of success when trying for a baby.  Marie explains the importance of a healthy and stress-free lifestyle when trying to conceive.
Find out about having a health assessment with HCA’s Fit for Fertility service.

IVF Fiction

IVF is the only treatment for fertility issues. Marie highlights the range of options available for couples who are struggling to conceive, as well as what couples should expect to experience if they choose to go through IVF treatment.

Read about Jayne’s IVF treatment.

Fertility age Fiction

IVF is the only treatment for fertility issues. Marie highlights the range of options available for couples who are struggling to conceive, as well as what couples should expect to experience if they choose to go through IVF treatment.

Useful links from today's fertility episode

What to do next

Dr Marie Wren

Dr Marie Wren

Dr Marie Wren is the deputy medical director at The Lister Fertility Clinic and has been a leading specialist in fertility treatment since 1987.  Dr Wren’s areas of interest include fertility and infertility, assisted fertility treatments, and helping same-sex couples receive the necessary fertility treatment.  Alongside this, Dr Wren is interested in egg donation, sperm donation and egg-freezing.

Dr Marie Wren is passionate about helping couples to receive the fertility treatment they may need, and ultimately strives to change their lives for the better. In addition to the life-changing work that Dr Wren carries out at the Lister Fertility Clinic, she regularly speaks at fertility meetings, contributes to national journals, and supports pioneering fertility research projects.

 
Julia Bradbury

Julia Bradbury

Julia Bradbury is a British television and radio presenter, working for the BBC and ITV, specialising in documentaries and consumer affairs.  Julia first appeared on our screens in 1997 and is best known for presenting BBC One’s Countryfile, Watchdog, and Planet Earth Live.   

Julia, along with an estimated one in every 10 women, suffers with endometriosis. Endometriosis is a condition which can cause fertility issues. Despite the implications that endometriosis can have on fertility, Julia conceived her first child naturally in 2011.  Following the birth of her first child, Julia decided at the age of 44 that she wanted to expand her family but was unable to conceive again naturally, and so with her partner decided to undergo IVF treatment.  After undergoing multiple rounds of IVF, Julia’s fifth round of IVF was successful and lead to the birth of her twin daughters, Xanthe and Zena. 
 

Contact us

If our podcast topics have inspired you to seek further advice, our team will be happy to make an appointment for you with a consultant. 

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Health Fact vs Fiction - Understanding your fertility

In episode 12 of HCA UK’s Health Fact vs Fiction podcast, host Anna Richardson chats with Dr Marie Wren, deputy director of the Lister Fertility Clinic and TV presenter Julia Bradbury.

 

They discuss the ups and downs of trying for a baby, IVF, and how we can all become more fertility aware. 


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