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Posts written by Dr Debbie Falconer

  1. 23 Feb 2018

    All About Embryo Grading for IVF: Embryo Selection Expertise

    Posted: 23 February 2018 All About Embryo Grading for IVF: Embryo Selection Expertise

    Embryo development and selection are crucial stages of the IVF process, but what do the different stages of embryo growth tell us about your chances of IVF pregnancy?

    How we assess embryos for IVF

    Embryo grading helps us understand an embryo’s potential for pregnancy. By looking at the cell division and appearance of your embryos, our Embryology Team can evaluate their suitability for transfer or freezing.

    If you’re having embryos developed through standard culture and incubation,...

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  2. 12 Jan 2018

    Advanced Embryo Selection & Transfer: Improving Your IVF Pregnancy Chances

    Posted: 12 January 2018 Advanced Embryo Selection & Transfer: Improving Your IVF Pregnancy Chances

    Creating and choosing the best embryo is key to IVF pregnancy. At Manchester Fertility, we use the most modern, scientifically-proven techniques available for embryo selection in our state-of-the-art laboratory.

    Not only can we use time-lapse technology to identify your best embryos, if you’ve had previous implantation failure we can use a breakthrough genetic test to precisely time your embryo transfer so it’s within your unique, individual window of implantation.

    Here’s an ...

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  3. 11 Jan 2018

    Manchester Fertility Founder Becomes Honorary Member of British Fertility Society

    Posted: 11 January 2018 Manchester Fertility Founder Becomes Honorary Member of British Fertility Society

    We’re very proud to announce that our founder, Professor Brian Lieberman, has received one of fertility’s highest honours – honorary membership of the British Fertility Society.

    The award, presented at this month’s Fertility 2018 conference, recognises the commitment and dedication of Professor Lieberman as a pioneer of reproductive medicine not just in Manchester but across the UK.

    He founded Manchester Fertility in 1986 with a small but dedicated team, just eight year...

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  4. 22 Dec 2017

    HFEA's First 'State of the IVF Sector' Report: What it Means for You

    Posted: 22 December 2017 HFEA's First 'State of the IVF Sector' Report: What it Means for You

    Fertility regulator the HFEA – Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority - has unveiled its first-ever IVF sector report, giving an overview of clinic performance and regulation in the UK.

    Combining patient feedback, incident reports and inspection findings for licensed fertility clinics, which carry out over 75,000 cycles a year, here’s what the report findings mean for you as a patient at Manchester Fertility:

    Single Embryo Transfer

    If you’ve been advised to have sing...

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  5. 10 Nov 2017

    Single Embryo Transfer 'Doubles' Chance of a Healthy Baby

    Posted: 10 November 2017 Single Embryo Transfer 'Doubles' Chance of a Healthy Baby

    How many embryos do you think should be transferred for IVF success? A new study has shown that transferring just one embryo, rather than multiple embryos, is more likely to result in a full term baby of healthy weight regardless of whether fresh or frozen eggs are used.

    The study – which used donor eggs to control factors relating to egg quality – analysed over 28,000 IVF cycles using fresh and frozen eggs.

    Data showed electively transferring one embryo doubled the chances of a go...

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  6. 31 Oct 2017

    National Fertility Awareness Week: IVF is 40 - A Day in the Life of a Lead Embryologist

    Posted: 31 October 2017 National Fertility Awareness Week: IVF is 40 - A Day in the Life of a Lead Embryologist

    On 25 July, 1978, the world’s first IVF baby was born. And on 3 April, 1987 – less than 10 years later – we celebrated the birth of very our own first IVF baby at Manchester Fertility.

    Our Lead Embryologist, Dr Debbie Falconer, was the embryologist responsible. And since then, over the past 30 years, she’s helped a further 5,000 more babies into the world.

    For National Fertility Awareness Week’s ‘IVF is 40’ celebration, Debbie reveals more about that m...

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  7. 25 Aug 2017

    26 Years of HFEA Regulation - But What Does it Mean for You?

    Posted: 25 August 2017 26 Years of HFEA Regulation - But What Does it Mean for You?

    It’s the HFEA’s 26th birthday this month, but do you know who they are and what they do?

    The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) is the UK Government’s independent regulator overseeing all fertility treatment and research.

    Established in August 1991, it is your reassurance of a safe journey to pregnancy if you need help to conceive. Here are four ways the HFEA benefits you during your private fertility treatment at Manchester Fertility:

    It has a Code of Pract...

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  8. 02 Aug 2017

    Switching Clinics for IVF Success: Helping Patients to Pregnancy When Other Clinics Fail

    Posted: 02 August 2017 Switching Clinics for IVF Success: Helping Patients to Pregnancy When Other Clinics Fail

    After almost 10 years of failed fertility treatments at another North West clinic costing thousands of pounds, Jon and Vikki had almost given up their hopes of a family.

    But then they switched to Manchester Fertility – and achieved pregnancy in their very first attempt. Now they’re the proud parents of baby Michael, born just a few weeks ago and named after his grandfather.

    We loved seeing this very special couple again and meeting their long-awaited son.

    Just a year after walking...

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  9. 21 Jul 2017

    Understanding Fertility Treatment: New Language Tool & Our Multilingual Team

    Posted: 21 July 2017 Understanding Fertility Treatment: New Language Tool & Our Multilingual Team

    Having difficulty understanding our website? We have a new language tool to help. Accessed at the very top of our homepage, the translation technology means you can now access our entire website in your choice of 19 languages.

    From Arabic and Chinese to Hebrew, Polish, Punjabi and Urdu, you can choose from the most common languages spoken in our North West region so you can explore more about us, our patient-focused approach and our full range of fertility treatments and services simply and eas...

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  10. 21 Jun 2017

    When IVF Fails: What Happens Next

    Posted: 21 June 2017 When IVF Fails: What Happens Next

    If your IVF cycle has failed it can be hard to come to terms with, and to understand why.

    At Manchester Fertility we welcome many patients into our care who’ve had failed cycles at other clinics, and we also support our own patients in those instances when fertility treatment hasn’t worked as quickly as we all want it to.

    The main question we’re always asked is this: What can be done differently next time?

    It’s important to remember that although some couples are succe...

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