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World Cancer Day – Agora Patient Stories - February 14th, 2017

Kerrie's story: My miracle daughter

My husband, Ant, and I had wanted to start a family but, before we had the chance, Ant was diagnosed with advanced cancer. However, before his treatment began – and with the help and support of the Agora – we were able to freeze some sperm so that we could begin our IVF treatment straight... Read More


World Cancer Day – Agora patient stories - February 8th, 2017

Sandra’s story: my journey through breast cancer

I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer shortly after I turned 36. At the time, I was planning to start a family and had already looked into the possible treatments offered by the Agora. Once I was diagnosed, I had the choice of whether or not to have chemotherapy as it was found... Read More


World Cancer Day February 4th 2017 - February 3rd, 2017

"On World Cancer Day, we have an opportunity to collectively examine cancer control strategies to identify winning formulas that will accelerate progress. The goal for all of us is to ensure fewer people develop cancer, more people are successfully treated and that there is a better quality... Read More


What are the Legal Considerations of Using Donor Sperm? - December 21st, 2016

If your child is born from sperm that’s donated through an HFEA registered clinic in the UK, the baby will be the legal child of you and your partner (if you have one). This means that the sperm donor has no legal rights or responsibilities for your child, although the child can find identifying information about their father once... Read More


What Are My Chances of Conceiving Using Donor Sperm? - December 14th, 2016

In most cases, the younger you are, the greater the chances of fertility success. National figures published by the HFEA show that as a general : If you’re under 35, the success rate is around 14% If you’re 35-39, the success rate is around 11% If you’re 40-42, the success rate is around 4-5%

Am I more likely to conceive if I use... Read More


The Advantages of Using a Fertility Clinic for Donor Sperm - December 7th, 2016

The UK’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), responsible for inspecting and licensing UK fertility clinics and regulating research in this area, reports that an increasing number of websites are offering online services matching women with private sperm donors. These sites put donors and recipients in contact with each other to make their own arrangements for insemination without the... Read More


Heather Peace, actress musician and LGBT activist joined the Agora - October 24th, 2016

at this year’s Pride festival in Brighton. Heather and her wife Ellie became parents following treatment at the clinic, which involved egg donation between the couple leading to the birth of a healthy baby girl. We asked Heather to tell us more about her experience…

Why did you choose the Agora?

There were options for us in London, but we chose... Read More


Business Women Excellence Awards - September 21st, 2016

We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the semi-final of the Business Women Excellence Awards, in no less than 5 categories;

  • Medium Business of the Year,
  • Business Innovation,
  • Woman in Uniform,
  • Employee of the Year (our lovely Mel) and,
  • Business Woman of the Year... Read More


Actress Heather Peace Joins the Agora Clinic at Pride Parade - August 6th, 2016

Actress, musician and LGBT rights activist Heather Peace will join the Agora Gynaecology Clinic as they begin celebrations for their 10th birthday at this Saturday’s Brighton Pride Community Parade. The Agora Clinic is the first and only fertility clinic to be Official Partners of Brighton Pride. More than 1300 babies have been born as a result of treatment at the... Read More


FERTILITY MYTHS BUSTED 22: Exercise can only improve fertility - June 16th, 2016

Being fit and healthy will boost your fertility, right? Absolutely! But excessive exercise can actually have the opposite effect. The reproductive system of both men and women is tightly tied up with energy balance. Both extremes of the energy spectrum can impact negatively on fertility: at the one end is chronic energy excess, due to lack of activity against... Read More


FERTILITY MYTHS BUSTED 21: Taking drugs does not impact on fertility - June 12th, 2016

You probably know that taking illegal drugs during pregnancy is not a good idea. But if you are trying to get pregnant, there is compelling evidence that recreational drugs could reduce your fertility. Recreational drug users often claim there are no side effects to moderate use. However, if you’re struggling to conceive and like to indulge occasionally, you owe... Read More


FERTILITY MYTHS BUSTED 20: If I have fertility treatment, I will probably have twins or triplets - June 9th, 2016

Infamous cases such as the Californian woman who had octuplets as a result of IVF fuel the myth that fertility treatment will necessarily lead to a multiple pregnancy. But changing techniques and guidelines means the chances of having twins or triplets as a result of fertility treatment is now very much reduced compared to only a few years ago. The... Read More


FERTILITY MYTHS BUSTED 19: Sperm function is better after 10 days’ abstinence - June 5th, 2016

It’s the kind of fertility myth that seems to make sense: if you hold back on sex, the quality of sperm will be better when you need it to count. But, in fact, the exact opposite is true! It’s a common misconception that if you’re trying for a baby, you should abstain from sex for up to 10 days... Read More


FERTILITY MYTHS BUSTED 18: If you stop worrying about getting pregnant, you will conceive - June 2nd, 2016

It’s the kind of advice well-meaning friends and family offer if they know you are struggling to conceive: “Just stop worrying about it, and it will happen”. While it’s true that stress can reduce fertility, stopping worrying about conceiving unfortunately won’t guarantee a positive pregnancy test.

The link between stress and infertility is well known. It’s been shown in... Read More


FERTILITY MYTHS BUSTED 17: If you’re young, you don’t need to worry about infertility - May 29th, 2016

While it’s true that fertility for both men and women declines with age, it doesn’t follow that younger men and women never face difficulties trying to conceive. Infertility can, unfortunately, affect couples of any age. There is substantial evidence that fertility reduces for both men and women as they get older, but for every 100 couples trying... Read More


Agora Invests in the Embryoscope™ from Vitrolife - May 27th, 2016

The Agora Clinic is now able to offer patients the very latest embryo selection technology – the Embryoscope. This state-of-the-art incubator provides continuous time-lapse monitoring of embryos to help improve the chances of pregnancy, particularly for women who have already had two or more failed IVF cycles… Read More EmbryoScope-time-lapse-system-VL Like other... Read More


FERTILITY MYTHS BUSTED 16: Infertility can always be resolved by treatment - May 26th, 2016

If only this fertility myth were true! We’d love to wave a magic wand and know that every couple that steps through our doors would fulfil their dream of becoming a parent, but it’s not that simple. The scientific advances that we have seen since the birth of the first test-tube baby, Louise Brown, in 1978, have been phenomenal.... Read More


FERTILITY MYTHS BUSTED 15: If you can’t afford IVF, there’s no point seeking treatment - May 22nd, 2016

Private fertility treatment is not within the pockets of everyone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t become a parent if you’re struggling with infertility but can’t afford to pay for IVF.

Not only is fertility treatment available on the NHS, leading fertility clinics, such as The Agora, offer treatment to NHS-funded couples, and the treatment we... Read More


FERTILITY MYTHS BUSTED 14: Taking birth control pills reduces your fertility - May 19th, 2016

Fears that oral contraceptives may have long-term effects on fertility have been around for as long as the Pill itself. The concern is a natural one, but there is no evidence to support it: as soon as you stop taking birth control pills, your fertility should return to its natural level.

The Pill first became available in... Read More


FERTILITY MYTHS BUSTED 13: Couples who ‘work hard enough’ at having a baby will eventually get pregnant - May 15th, 2016

This must be one of the most hurtful myths you can hear if you are struggling to conceive; it implies that if you’re experiencing fertility problems, you’re just not trying hard enough. Needless to say, there is absolutely no truth in it whatsoever. While having sex is an inevitable prerequisite for conceiving, there are any number of... Read More


FERTILITY MYTHS BUSTED 12: Cycling can make men infertile - May 12th, 2016

Cycling just five hours a week ‘could damage a man’s fertility’” – that was a Daily Mail headline in 2010. But is there any truth in it? The Daily Mail article summarised findings from a research project at Boston University, which surveyed 2,200 men attending fertility clinics. This found that, once other factors were balanced out, exercise levels... Read More


FERTILITY MYTHS BUSTED 11: Men don’t have a biological clock - May 8th, 2016

It’s widely known that Charlie Chaplin became a father at 73, but does that mean men don’t face a biological clock and that male fertility is unaffected by age?

There are many famous older fathers: Robert deNiro was 68 when he became a father with his second wife; Pablo Picasso was 68 when his fourth child, Paloma, was... Read More


FERTILITY MYTHS BUSTED 10: You’re more likely to experience fertility challenges if you’re a first timer - May 5th, 2016

If you’ve never been pregnant, you don’t know whether you will have problems or not conceiving, so statistically you must be more likely to face fertility challenges than a woman who is already a mother… true or false?

It may seem logical that first timers are more likely to face fertility problems than... Read More


ZIKA VIRUS AND MICROCEPHALY: Our advice to pregnant women and those hoping to get pregnant - April 27th, 2016

The spread of the Zika virus in South America has been in and out of the headlines over the past couple of months, with particular emphasis on the potential risk for unborn babies of contracting microcephaly, which has recently been established. If you’re pregnant – or trying to get pregnant – it’s the sort of story that can... Read More


FERTILITY MYTHS BUSTED 9: You need an orgasm to conceive - February 11th, 2016

When you’re struggling to conceive, you are under enough pressure, so you don’t need to hear that you could overcome your problem if you upped your performance.  Being told you need an orgasm to conceive is unhelpful, and could even be counter-productive.  Fortunately, it’s not true.

If you’re worrying that not orgasming might be preventing... Read More


FERTILITY MYTHS BUSTED 8: Infertility is a women’s problem - February 1st, 2016

If you’re desperate for a baby and struggling to conceive, hearing that fertility is a women’s problem is not only extremely unhelpful – it simply isn’t true.

Fertility is complex, and so are the causes of infertility.  One in seven couples may have difficulty conceiving – a staggering 3.5 million people in the UK.Read More


FERTILITY MYTHS BUSTED 7: You can get everything you need from diet and don’t need to take supplements - January 20th, 2016

You can get everything you need from diet and don't need to take supplements

If you’re trying to get pregnant, you can find yourself bombarded with conflicting advice.  What you eat can be crucial for conception, but does that mean you can get everything you need from a healthy, balanced diet?

It’s true that lots of women... Read More


Should IVF on the NHS be capped? - January 16th, 2016

A leading fertility expert has said the amount IVF providers can charge the NHS should be capped.  Professor Geeta Nargund said some providers charge the NHS more than twice as much as others, and a cap would allow some regions to offer treatment to more women and couples.  As a leading private fertility centre in the South East,... Read More


FERTILITY MYTHS BUSTED 6: Eating oysters will boost my fertility - January 13th, 2016

The 18th century lover Casanova famously used to breakfast on 50 oysters every morning.  But does that mean that eating oysters can boost your chances of getting pregnant?  Oysters have long been hailed as a natural aphrodisiac, and if you start looking online, you will find a whole heap of newspaper articles from 2005 quoting a study by a team... Read More


FERTILITY MYTHS BUSTED 5: Lying down with legs raised after sex will increase chances of conceiving - January 4th, 2016

 It’s an oft-repeated fertility mantra: waving your legs in the air will boost your chances of conceiving.  But if you are trying for a baby, you need to sort fact from fiction.  So, is there any truth in it?  The short answer is no – this is nothing more than an old wives’ tale.  It may make you feel as... Read More


FERTILITY MYTHS BUSTED 4: A normal menstrual cycle is 28 days - December 30th, 2015

  We talk about ‘time of the month’ and periods being affected by the phases of the moon, so a ‘normal’ menstrual cycle must be 28 days, right?  Wrong!  Normal menstrual cycles are much more varied than that – and if you are trying to conceive, the only important fact is the length of your own menstrual cycle and the... Read More


FERTILITY MYTHS BUSTED 3: You can only conceive from sex on the day that you ovulate - December 16th, 2015

If you’re trying for a baby, you may think you need to have sex on the day you ovulate to increase your chances of conceiving – after all, it seems to make sense.  But like so many fertility myths, the truth is more complicated.    It is true that an egg needs to be fertilised within 24 hours of... Read More


The Agora Clinic Wins Innovation and Top Business Award - December 2nd, 2015

WIB CGSThe Agora Clinic picked up two awards at the Sussex Women in Business Awards 2015 for its considerable contribution to the community. The clinic won the Innovation Award, as well as the overall Business of the Year Award – a first for a fertility clinic. Dr Carole Gilling-Smith, Consultant Gynaecologist and... Read More


FERTILITY MYTHS BUSTED: 2 – You can’t get pregnant when you are menstruating - October 28th, 2015

The popular myth that you can’t get pregnant when you are menstruating is as old as the hills.  While it is true that you are unlikely to get pregnant while you have your period, it is not impossible to conceive at this stage of your monthly cycle.  The Agora Clinic experts explain why.

It is... Read More


FERTILITY MYTHS BUSTED: 1 – Having sex every day will increase our chances of conceiving - October 21st, 2015

If you’re trying for a baby, you will come across all kinds of old wives’ tales about what you can do to boost your chances of success.  Some of them are merely bizarre (but you may have fun giving them a go), while some could actually reduce your fertility.  So we’ve decided to bust those fertility... Read More


10 DIET CHANGES THAT COULD BOOST YOUR FERTILITY: 10 – TAKE SUPPLEMENTS - October 14th, 2015

If you’re dreaming of holding your own baby in your arms, giving your diet a boost with supplements may help you conceive – but make sure you get expert advice first.

The importance of supplementing your diet to help you conceive and to give your baby the best possible start in life is well known: one of... Read More


10 DIET CHANGES THAT COULD BOOST YOUR FERTILITY: 9 – EAT ORGANIC - October 7th, 2015

If you’re trying for a baby, there is some evidence to suggest that avoiding chemicals on or in your food could help boost your fertility – and so improve your chance of conceiving.

The most recent research in this field hit the headlines in March of this year.  In fact, it was the first systematic... Read More


Macmillan Coffee morning - October 5th, 2015

Many a delicious cake was eaten and a great success all round! £188.09 raised in total for Macmillan. Many thanks to all who contributed and of course not forgetting our talented bakers, Ali Boots, Victoria Powell, Vanessa, Rick's children and  Angela Bacchus Emanuel. And of course to Ali Boots for arranging and organising the whole thing! WELL DONE! Read More


10 DIET CHANGES THAT COULD BOOST YOUR FERTILITY: 8 – CUT DOWN ON CAFFEINE - September 23rd, 2015

If you’re trying to get pregnant, passing up on a few skinny lattes could help you achieve your dream of holding your own baby in your arms.   

One theory is that consuming large amounts of caffeine can interrupt the smooth, rhythmic waves that your fallopian tubes make to help your egg on its journey to... Read More


Alternative Parenting Show September 2015 - September 21st, 2015

The team at the Alternative Parenting show last Saturdayalternative parenting show A great day was had by all! Read More


10 DIET CHANGES THAT COULD BOOST YOUR FERTILITY: 7 – PREPARE YOUR FOOD SAFELY - September 16th, 2015

It’s widely known that certain bacteria can be harmful to unborn babies, but they can also impact on your fertility.  Preparing your food safely can help you conceive, as well as helping your baby to develop.

Taking extra care over food preparation may not only help your baby to grow properly once you’re pregnant, it may help... Read More


10 DIET CHANGES THAT COULD BOOST YOUR FERTILITY: 6 – ANTI OXIDANT SUPPLEMENTS - September 9th, 2015

If you’re struggling to conceive, the cause could be the role that anti-oxidants are playing on your partner’s sperm.  There is lots of research to suggest that, where quality of sperm is an issue, supplements could help.

Oxidants are molecules containing single, unpaired electrons; they roam our bodies on the lookout for electrons to pair up... Read More


10 DIET CHANGES THAT COULD BOOST YOUR FERTILITY: 5 – EAT SMART - September 2nd, 2015

If you’re struggling to conceive, it may be that you need look no further than your diet.  We all know that a healthy diet is a key element of a healthy lifestyle and a healthy body, but it can also have a significant impact on your ability to conceive and carry a baby.

There is plenty of research... Read More


10 DIET CHANGES THAT COULD BOOST YOUR FERTILITY: 4 – GO FULL FAT - August 26th, 2015

We’ve been told to follow a low-fat diet for decades, but there is some evidence that full-fat might be the solution if you are having trouble conceiving.

The research was carried out by the Harvard School of Public Health who followed 18,555 married, premenopausal women without a history of infertility over... Read More


10 DIET CHANGES THAT COULD BOOST YOUR FERTILITY: 3 – SWITCH TO OLIVE OIL - August 19th, 2015

You may have seen the headlines that olive oil could boost fertility, but that may be jumping the gun a bit.

The truth behind the headlines is that a team at Southampton University is investigating whether olive oil, together with Vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acid supplements, could help fertility among couples undergoing IVF.... Read More


10 DIET CHANGES THAT COULD BOOST YOUR FERTILITY: 2 – TAKE FOLIC ACID - August 12th, 2015

You may well know that you need to take folic acid in the early stages of pregnancy.  But did you know that you should be taking it before you even become pregnant?

If you only make one dietary change as you try to conceive, taking folic acid supplements is the one you should opt for. ... Read More


10 DIET CHANGES THAT COULD BOOST YOUR FERTILITY: 1 – TAKE GREEN TEA - August 5th, 2015

Diet is really important for couples who are trying to conceive.  But there are a lot of myths out there.  So before you start introducing weird old wives’ practices or new fads into your food regime, follow our new series of blogs in which we look at 10 diet changes that could boost your fertility, and... Read More


LIFESTYLE CHANGES THAT COULD BOOST YOUR FERTILITY: 9 – Reduce stress - July 15th, 2015

Want to get pregnant?  Reducing your stress could make all the difference to your chances of conceiving.

We all know that stress isn’t good for you.  But it may not only make you feel tense or disturb your sleep: it can also reduce your fertility.  Several studies have shown that stress can reduce the... Read More


LIFESTYLE CHANGES THAT COULD BOOST YOUR FERTILITY: 8 – Cut out alcohol - July 8th, 2015

You may only be a moderate, social drinker, but if you are struggling to conceive, cutting our alcohol altogether could be the change you need to make to fulfil your dream of having a baby.

It’s probably not a surprise that heavy drinking damages your fertility.  In one study, only 12% of the men who were... Read More


LIFESTYLE CHANGES THAT COULD BOOST YOUR FERTILITY: 7 – Avoid lubricants - July 1st, 2015

Many couples who are looking to conceive use lubricants, but they can have unexpected adverse effects.

Experiencing some vaginal dryness during sex is normal.  It can be even more of an issue for couples who are actively trying to conceive: a self-reporting internet study of 1,500 ‘trying-to-conceive couples’ found that 75% had increased incidences of vaginal... Read More


Baby Born from Ovary Frozen in Mother’s Childhood - June 23rd, 2015

You may have seen the news that a woman has recently given birth to a health boy after ovarian fragments, frozen when she was only 13, were transplanted into her body.  At the Agora, we applaud the scientific advances in reproductive medicine that has enabled this young woman to enjoy motherhood after enduring cancer as a teenager.Read More


Agora’s response to mother’s bid to use dead daughter’s eggs fails - June 18th, 2015

Fertility has once again been in the headlines with a mother’s bid to use her dead daughter’s eggs to carry her own grandchild. 

The High Court in London ruled that the unnamed 59 year old should not be allowed to do so.  High Court judge Mr Justice Ouseley said: "I must dismiss this claim, though I... Read More


LIFESTYLE CHANGES THAT COULD BOOST YOUR FERTILITY: 4 – Avoid chemicals - June 17th, 2015

If you want to get pregnant, eliminating chemicals could help boost your chances of conceiving. 

Some of the research in this field has focused groups of professionals and tradespeople who handle chemicals all the time:

  • A study of 398 painters in Holland exposed to organic solvents in paints, thinners and cleansers and 302 carpenters who were... Read More


LIFESTYLE CHANGES THAT COULD BOOST YOUR FERTILITY: 6 – Quit smoking - June 16th, 2015

Giving up smoking is one of the best steps you can take to boost your chances of having a baby – whether you are a man or a woman.

As early as 1998, a major review of all the research into smoking and fertility concluded that cigarettes reduce female fecundity.  This conclusion was repeated ten... Read More


LIFESTYLE CHANGES THAT COULD BOOST YOUR FERTILITY: 5 – Keep him cool - June 11th, 2015

If you want to boost your chances of getting pregnant, the solution may lie in stopping your partner getting too hot!

It’s not a myth that exposure to heat can reduce sperm production: research from a three-year study analysing data from infertile men has shown it can have an impact, whether it’s dry heat (saunas) or... Read More


LIFESTYLE CHANGES THAT COULD BOOST YOUR FERTILITY: 3 – Eat well - May 27th, 2015

If you’re hoping to get pregnant, changes to your diet could boost the fertility of both you and your partner and to give you the best possible chance of conceiving.

For men, research has shown that dietary changes that can improve the quality of semen include eating a diet rich in carbohydrates,... Read More


LIFESTYLE CHANGES THAT COULD BOOST YOUR FERTILITY: 2 – Get fit - May 20th, 2015

If you are hoping to get pregnant, one of the best self-help steps you can take is to get fit.

Moderate exercise can improve fertility in both men and women.  The word moderate is key here, as excessive exercise can adversely affect fertility.  Physically active men who exercise at least three times... Read More


LIFESTYLE CHANGES THAT COULD BOOST YOUR FERTILITY: 1 – Be weight wise - May 12th, 2015

We love helping people realise their dreams of becoming parents, and we dedicate ourselves to keeping up with the latest advances to make sure we can give them the very best possible chance of holding their own baby in their arms. But there are lots of things you can do yourself to help boost your chances... Read More


EmbryoGlue – Why We Won’t Charge You For It - May 5th, 2015

EmbryoGlue is helping more women to become mothers – and that’s why we won’t charge you for it if we think it could increase your chances of success.

EmbryoGlue is a relatively new product that has been shown to increase take-home baby rates. It is being offered by most fertility clinics around the... Read More


EmbryoGlue – Which Patients Can Benefit From It? - April 30th, 2015

If you’ve been researching fertility treatments, you’ve probably heard of the new product EmbryoGlue. But is it right for you?

EnbryoGlue does what its name suggests: it helps embryos stick. It therefore helps with implantation. The magic ingredient is hyaluronic acid (HA), which is found naturally in the fallopian tubes, the oviduct and the uterus. No-one quite... Read More


EmbryoGlue – How Successful Is It? - April 28th, 2015

EmbryoGlue has had a lot of attention from the press for increasing take-home baby rates. But how much difference could it make to your chance of successful IVF?

With headlines such as ‘Miracle Baby!’ it can be easy to think that EmbryoGlue is a magic wand for all women undergoing fertility treatment.... Read More


EmbryoGlue – How It Works - April 21st, 2015

EmbryoGlue is a relatively new product that has had some exciting results in terms of improving IVF success rates.

Produced by a company called Vitrolife, EmbryoGlue works by helping with implantation. Essentially, the embryo is immersed briefly in the EmbryoGlue, coating its surface,... Read More