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Re-energising Ageing Cells – The Next Big Thing

Re-energising Ageing Cells – The Next Big Thing

What if we told you that there’s a treatment, called AUGMENT℠, that would allow more mature females to have their eggs re-energised ? What does that even mean? Let’s start from the beginning... When it comes to female fertility, the ability to conceive starts decreasing at age 32. Then, from age 37 onwards, it gets even harder. Why is this? Well, as women age, their supply of eggs start to dwindle, but that’s not all. The remaining supply has a higher likelihood of featuring abnormal DNA which could affect the baby’s health. No parent wants that. Luckily, for many couples, most fertility challenges have solutions and the medical advances continue to surprise and offer hope. Doctors and scientists are always experimenting, researching and testing to enhance the chances of successful, safe pregnancies, especially in older women where the risks and challenges are even greater. In Vitro Fertilisation IVF is often the first step and other treatments build on that. Still, age plays a rol ...

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Why Monitoring Chronic Illnesses is Important and What You Can Do

Why Monitoring Chronic Illnesses is Important and What You Can Do

When a person is diagnosed with a chronic illness, it’s important to go for checkups and make lifestyle changes. Building a relationship with your doctor will help you stay as healthy as possible, for as long as possible, so that you can have the best quality of life while managing your condition. What is a Chronic Illness? Chronic illnesses or diseases are long-term medical conditions that often gradually progress with time in scope and/or severity. A few examples include: Cancer Asthma Arthritis Epilepsy HIV/AIDS Diabetes Osteoporosis Cystic fibrosis Heart Disease Crohn’s disease Multiple sclerosis Parkinson’s disease High blood pressure Alzheimer’s disease and dementia COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) / progressive lung diseases How Can You Stay as Healthy as Possible? 1. Do research You want to understand what is happening and why, so, first talk to your doctor about your condition. For more in-depth information, ask your doctor which sources you ...

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Why Trust and High Standards are Important

Why Trust and High Standards are Important

Believing in someone and trusting in someone are different. The first is more temporary while the second is about real, long-term expectations. Trust is also about confidence in someone or something as well as reliance on integrity and ability. When it comes to assisted conception, specifically fertility treatments, patients deserve exceptional care and support from qualified professionals. They need to be treated in a place where standards are high, by people who value honesty and transparency. It’s important that all the necessary checks are done regularly and that systems are in place to manage efficiency and quality. After all, you can’t just trust anyone with your wellbeing and plans for your future. Bridge Clinic continues to work for and keep your trust by delivering service excellence, backed up by independent and authoritative third-party assessments. We do this by willingly making our data available so that success rates, births and other statistics related to service delivery can be ...

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Genetic Conditions that May Affect Your Sons and Daughters

Genetic Conditions that May Affect Your Sons and Daughters

It’s an age-old question that parents have had to face: would you rather have a boy or a girl? Most couples, especially those who have battled with infertility, would agree that, in the end, the gender of their child doesn’t really matter. Despite this, many individuals may harbour a secret wish (but not too serious) to parent one gender rather than the other, or in many cases, a healthy mix of the two. While much has changed over the past few decades, having a boy seems to be a general gender preference within the African setup, especially in families that already have a fair number of girls, or a firstborn daughter. There are many reasons for this, but continuation of the family name and having a man to watch over the next generation of the family are two oft-cited examples. PGD and Sex Discernment Although preimplantation sex discernment is considered controversial by many and in many countries the use thereof for gender selection (other than for medical reasons) is illegal, it has p ...

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8 Major Fertility Breakthroughs You Should Know About

8 Major Fertility Breakthroughs You Should Know About

The world has seen so many fertility breakthroughs in the last couple of decades. To think, babies have been conceived after using sperm that had been frozen for over 20 years; IVF treatments have resulted in the birth of over 5 million babies; ovarian tissue freezing can be performed; and even uterine transplantations. This article will cover eight major fertility breakthroughs you want to know about. Frozen Sperm, Eggs and Embryos Babies have been conceived and successfully born from frozen sperm, frozen embryos and frozen eggs. This once cutting-edge technology is a standard option today when it comes to fertility treatment and conception. Why it’s important: men can freeze sperm and women can preserve healthy eggs before undergoing chemotherapy; couples who go through the IVF process can store embryos for future use; eggs, sperm and embryos can be donated to assist couples who cannot conceive on their own. First birth from a frozen egg: 1986 First birth from frozen embryo: 1984  Oldest fro ...

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What You Should Know About IVF Mix-ups and Witnessing

What You Should Know About IVF Mix-ups and Witnessing

Most couples do not anticipate fertility challenges. It is something almost unimaginable that is only suspected after trying to conceive for a considerable period of time. However, with tests, at least answers can usually be provided and often successful treatment can be recommended. IVF as a Beacon of Hope IVF continues to deliver favourable results for couples who struggle to conceive, worldwide. It has become a beacon of hope for those who thought starting a family was no longer possible. In fact, to date it is estimated that far over 5 million babies have been born through IVF. IVF Risks As with any medical procedure, there are of course risks which include: Miscarriage Birth defects  Multiple births Ectopic pregnancy Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome Egg-retrieval procedure complications Premature delivery and low birth weight Stress: Use of IVF can be financially, physically and emotionally draining For many couples, the risks are worth the chance of having a healthy baby. They choo ...

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When Do I Need IVF and How Many Cycles?

When Do I Need IVF and How Many Cycles?

Questions that are being asked more frequently by couples who are trying to fall pregnant are, “When do I need IVF?” and “How many cycles of IVF do I need to fall pregnant?” Some of us might consider IVF as one of those vital family planning services, when in fact it’s not being recommended by IVF specialists as often as we may think. In fact, only a small percentage of patients require it, or can possibly benefit from it. One of the important things to know about IVF is that most couples require several treatment cycles to be successful. IVF is usually only considered after medications and artificial insemination (AI) fail, if patients are over 40, or if they suffer from conditions that make pregnancy without IVF unlikely. Benefits of IVF include: IVF can work when other treatments fail.  Donated eggs and/or sperm can be used.  Donated eggs and/or sperm can be used.  IVF can be used by the mother-to-be or by a surrogate.  With IVF, couples have more ...

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What is Mutant Gene Identification and Can PGD Help?

What is Mutant Gene Identification and Can PGD Help?

Mutant gene identification (also known as disease gene identification) is the process during which scientists identify mutant genotypes. Mutant genotypes are responsible for inherited genetic disorders. The genotype is the part of an organism or individual which determines a specific characteristic of that cell, organism or individual.”1 A gene mutation is a permanent alteration in the DNA sequence that makes up a gene.2 Essentially, the genetic message carried by the gene is changed or damaged, resulting in genetic disease. In the diagram you’ll notice two symbols at the top: one represents the male (left) and the other the female (right). Inside the male symbol we have the paternal chromosome pair and inside the female symbol the maternal chromosome pair. Below the male and female symbols you’ll see four male and female sets. In the first set, both sexes carry a mutated gene. In the second set, the female carries a mutated gene. The third set shows the male carryings a mutated gene and ...

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5 Medical Benefits of PGD/PGS

5 Medical Benefits of PGD/PGS

Having a relatively uncomplicated pregnancy, followed by the birth of a healthy baby, is something all parents-to-be hope for. However, there are many things that can stand in the way of this ideal – a fact that those who have experienced various miscarriages and failed IVF cycles know all too well. At Bridge Clinic, we aim to help couples battling with infertility fulfil their dream of getting pregnant and starting a family of their own, within the shortest time possible. One way we help couples with a history of genetic disorder get peace of mind about the health of their future offspring is by encouraging them to opt for preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) or preimplantation genetic screening (PGS), as part of their IVF cycle. What is PGD? PGD is a sophisticated reproductive technology used in conjunction with IVF treatment to test early embryos for specific genetic conditions. The process requires in vitro fertilisation (IVF) to obtain a number of embryos for evaluation. Studies have s ...

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Help Bridge Clinic Win Our Third NHEA!

Help Bridge Clinic Win Our Third NHEA!

It’s almost time for the 4th Annual Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Awards (NHEA) – the OSCARS of Nigeria – where our healthcare experts are celebrated and rewarded. BACKGROUND At this prestigious event, the most deserving individuals and organisations will be recognised for their compassion, courage and drive to succeed. More specifically, those who have contributed to the development of the healthcare sector through innovative, efficient and qualitative healthcare delivery services that have significantly impacted the health and wellbeing of citizens. The NHEA is an initiative of Global Health Project and Resources (GHPR), in partnership with Anadach Group USA. GHPR is one of West Africa’s leading Healthcare Management and Consultancy Companies involved in the promotion of healthcare business in Africa. OUR NEWS Bridge Clinic has once again  been nominated for the IVF Service Provider of the Year  award in NHEA’s Healthcare Delivery Services category. Having won ...

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