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Is there anything we can do ourselves to improve our chances of pregnancy?

Not all of the conditions for life have been researched scientifically. Not all examinations give results that are clear, unambiguous and consistent. The following recommendations are based upon newer, large-scale studies of good quality.

Our intention is not to point fingers or advise on morals, but merely to inform in as precise a manner as possible.

Vitamins & folic acid

Folic acid is a vitamin that can reduce the (already low) risk of giving birth to a baby with spinal cord defect.

A daily vitamin pill with 400 micrograms folic acid is a good idea. You can begin taking the vitamin pills at the same time you begin planning your pregnancy and should continue through the 12th week of pregnancy.

Smoking, alcohol, coffee and being overweight reduce fertility:

Fertility can be expressed in time: measured from the time you begin trying to become pregnant until pregnancy occurs. The amount of time varies from person to person, but generally increases with age.


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Progress with PGD for Sickle Cell prevention
Studies in Denmark and Belgium.

Good IVF success rates after single embryo transfers
Transferring one IVF embryo, followed by a second, is almost as likely to result in a pregnancy as transferring two at a time.

IUI workshop
At University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital

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