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Posts written by Dr Muhammad Akhtar

  1. 09 Feb 2018

    A Man's Guide to Infertility & ICSI: Treating Sperm Problems

    Posted: 09 February 2018 A Man's Guide to Infertility & ICSI: Treating Sperm Problems

    If you’ve got a low sperm count or sperm motility problem, did you know there’s a specific fertility treatment designed to help you father a baby?

    It’s called ICSI - Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection- and although it sounds like a daunting process, it doesn’t involve any kind of procedure on you at all and is actually performed in our laboratory.

    Here’s what you need to know about sperm problems, how ICSI helps and our support for you and your partner:

    How is ICSI...

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  2. 04 Aug 2017

    Low Sperm Counts Rise: How to Get Help for Male Infertility

    Posted: 04 August 2017 Low Sperm Counts Rise: How to Get Help for Male Infertility

    As a new study reveals that sperm counts in Western men have more than halved over the past 40 years, what can you do if you’re worried about your own fertility?

    A low sperm count is one of the most common causes of male infertility. Although we can’t raise your sperm count, we can help you to become a father using the sperm you do have, through tailored treatment and the expertise of our male fertility specialists, Dr Steve Bromage and Dr Muhammad Akhtar.

    Here’s our advice o...

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  3. 12 Apr 2017

    Testicular Cancer & Fertility: Treatment Options

    Posted: 12 April 2017 Testicular Cancer & Fertility: Treatment Options

    The annual awareness campaign this month by leading UK male cancer charity Orchid focused on testicular cancer.

    Over 2,300 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer every year according to Orchid, which if caught early can be cured in around 98% of cases.

    Typically affecting men aged 15-45, testicular cancer and its treatment can affect fertility. Here’s what you need to know about testicular cancer and fertility, and specialist fertility treatments to help you have children in future:

    C...

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  4. 06 Jan 2017

    Get Fertility Ready for Donor Sperm Insemination

    Posted: 06 January 2017 Get Fertility Ready for Donor Sperm Insemination

    Planning to have a baby through donor sperm insemination this year? It makes sense to ensure you’re fertility fit and ready for your donor sperm IUI treatment cycle, to maximise your chances of pregnancy.

    At Manchester Fertility your donor sperm IUI cycle is tailored and planned for you by your fertility consultant, taking into account all the many different factors that can affect outcome such as your fertility rate, ovulation cycle and your age.

    But did you know there are ways you can ...

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  5. 04 Jan 2017

    Male Fertility: IVF Preparation for Men

    Posted: 04 January 2017 Male Fertility: IVF Preparation for Men

    Are you male fertility aware? As many people embark on a New Year health kick, a new survey has shown that many men are in fact unaware about risks to their fertility caused by factors such as obesity and even hobbies including cycling and laptop use.

    In the Canadian survey, men could only identify around half of activities and medical conditions that could affect their fertility, even though a third of men in the survey admitted to concerns about their fertility.

    If you’re planning IVF ...

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  6. 21 Dec 2016

    Getting Pregnant Through Insemination: Partner or Donor Sperm

    Posted: 21 December 2016 Getting Pregnant Through Insemination: Partner or Donor Sperm

    Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) is a very common, simple fertility treatment that may help you to become pregnant, by putting sperm closer to the egg in the hope that it fertilises and implants.

    At Manchester Fertility, we specialise in IUI and have helped many people to have a family this way, including couples with ovulatory disorders and same-sex female couples and single women who undergo donor sperm insemination using sperm from our UK-based, traceable sperm donors.

    We’re the only c...

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  7. 03 Nov 2016

    National Fertility Awareness Week: Male Infertility - the Hidden Half of Fertility Issues

    Posted: 03 November 2016 National Fertility Awareness Week: Male Infertility - the Hidden Half of Fertility Issues

    Male fertility remains a taboo subject despite one in ten men in the UK admitting they’ve experienced fertility issues – and although many men struggle for almost a year to conceive, almost half don’t seek help.

    Infertility isn’t just a ‘woman’s’ problem. According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), around a third of all cases of infertility are due to problems in the male partner.

    In our third blog for Fertility Network U...

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  8. 19 May 2016

    Treatment with donor sperm: All about our donor sperm testing

    Posted: 19 May 2016 Treatment with donor sperm: All about our donor sperm testing

    Do you need donor sperm to have a baby? All men must meet specific standards to be a sperm donor at Manchester Fertility. These include strict health screening, age and medical history criteria.

    But even if a potential donor passes those, how do we ensure his sperm is good quality?

    To give our patients that need to use donor sperm the highest chance of pregnancy, sperm from all donor applicants is rigorously tested. Only those men who have the best quality sperm are accepted onto our donor pro...

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  9. 08 Apr 2016

    SpermComet test for men: Why you may need sperm DNA analysis

    Posted: 08 April 2016 SpermComet test for men: Why you may need sperm DNA analysis

    Did you know that many couples that have been diagnosed with unexplained infertility could have a problem with sperm DNA?

    We can identify if sperm DNA could be the cause of your fertility problems through the new SpermComet test.

    But what does this test look for? And why are the results so important?

    What is the SpermComet test?

    The SpermComet test is a highly-sensitive, accurate test that measures the amount of DNA damage in each individual sperm. 

    How is SpermComet different from oth...

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  10. 18 Dec 2015

    Things every man and woman should know about IVF

    Posted: 18 December 2015  Things every man and woman should know about IVF

    Is there anything you’d like to know about IVF but were afraid to ask? Here our expert team, including our Fertility Nurses, Laboratory team and Consultants, share their insights into what you and your partner should know about IVF treatment before you start your cycle: 

    Dr David Polson, Medical Director: “The chance of IVF working is completely individual to you”

    IVF success rates are improving all the time, but always bear in mind that what works for others, might not ...

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