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I don’t want to have a baby till 35, is that ok?

It’s really okay to do things when we want as adults and you’d imagine this would include getting pregnant and having children.
Sadly not! With conception and pregnancies things are a little different. Studies have shown that the older a woman’s age, the harder it is for her to conceive. This can be explained thus:
• Chances of health problems that can interfere with conception increase with age.
• The ability of the ovaries to release eggs ready for fertilization reduces with age (Diminished ovarian reserve).
• The health of the eggs reduce with age.
• The risk of miscarriages increase with age.

Studies have found that about one-third of couples in which the woman is over 35 have fertility problems. Studies also say that a woman’s chances of having a baby decrease rapidly every year after the age of 30. This means that preparing to have kids earlier may be the wiser plan.
However if you’re over the age already you don’t have to panic as that’s why we are here. With Assisted Reproduction, older women have witnessed childbirth.

At OliveBranch Clinic, Lagos, we have some of the best hands trained in Assisted Reproduction. Call +234 8032011536 right away!

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Clinic offers succour for childless couples

The Medical Director, Olive Branch Clinic, Lekki, Lagos, Dr. Ikenna Emeka, has said that the clinic would now be offering assisted reproductive procedures for childless couples.

Emeka said this at the inauguration of the clinic in Lagos on Monday.

He noted that the inclusion of in-vitro fertilisation services was to provide succour for Nigerians with reproductive challenges.

“Infertility is a common and distressing problem, which often creates pressure in an otherwise stable and happy relationship. Peculiar to us in sub-Saharan Africa is the large premium our culture places on immediate procreation and child-bearing.

In his address, the Chief Medical Director, Medical Art Centre, Lagos, Prof. Oladapo Ashiru, urged couples to embrace the assisted reproductive services as an option to treating fertility challenges.

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Photos from the launch of the Olive Branch Clinic

On Friday, the 1st of May, the Olive Branch Clinic, Nigeria’s latest fertility and assisted conception outfit was officially launched in Lekki, Lagos. Own and overseen by Dr. Ikenna Emeka, the Olive Branch Clinic is committed to providing diverse range of medically approved and proven assisted reproduction therapy with the ultimate aim of putting smiles on the faces of Nigerian couples.

The event was attended by Nigeria’s renowned fertility and assisted conception icon, Prof. Oladapo Ashiru, Dr. Faye Iketubosin, and Rev. Tope Tapere amongst several other personalities.

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Infertility Challenges Can be Reduced, Says Expert

The Chief Executive Officer, Olive Branch Clinic, Lagos, Dr. Ikenna Emeka, has stated that infertility issues experienced by Nigerian couples can be reduced drastically, if affected persons embrace the In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) method.

Emeka, who stated this during the official commissioning of Olive Branch Fertility Centre in Lekki, said the ever increasing reproductive challenge in the country needs to be matched with fertility centres that can provide solutions.

He said: “Infertility is a common and distressing problem, which often creates pressure in a previously stable and happy relationship. Peculiar to us in sub Saharan Africa is the large premium our culture places on immediate procreation and child bearing.

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Keeping Dreams Alive! The Olive Branch Clinic Launches Ultramodern Fertility Outfit in Lagos

The Olive Branch Clinic, Nigeria’s latest fertility and assisted conception outfit was officially launched in Lekki, Lagos on Friday May 1st, 2015.

Owned and overseen by Dr. Ikenna Emeka, the Olive Branch Clinic is committed to providing diverse range of medically approved and proven assisted reproduction therapy with the ultimate aim of putting smiles on the faces of Nigerian couples.

The event was attended by Nigeria’s renowned fertility and assisted conception icon, Prof. Oladapo Ashiru, Dr. Faye Iketubosin, and Rev. Tope Tapere amongst several other personalities.

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Facts & Myths about Infertility

Myths: Infertility is a women’s problem
Facts: This is untrue. It surprises most people to learn that infertility is a female problem in 35% of the cases, a male problem in 35% of the cases, a combined problem of the couple in 20% of cases, and unexplained in 10% of cases. It is essential that both the man and the woman be evaluated during an infertility work-up.

Myths: Many people and even doctors feel that a retroverted uterus in the woman causes infertility.
Facts: This is absolutely untrue.

Myths: In most people after having intercourse the semen flows out and they think that is responsible for infertility
Facts: This phenomenon is normal for all couples and is not any way the reason for infertility.

Myths: Everyone seems to get pregnant at the drop of a hat.
Facts: Every 1 in 10 couples experience infertility. When you seek support, you will find that you are not alone.

Myths: It’s all in your head! Why don’t you relax or take a vacation. Then you’ll get pregnant!
Facts: Infertility is a disease or condition of the reproductive system. While relaxing may help you with your overall quality of life, the stress and deep emotions you feel are the result of infertility, not the cause of it. Improved medical techniques have made it easier to diagnose infertility problems.

Myths: Don’t worry so much — it just takes time. You’ll get pregnant if you’re just patient.
Facts: Infertility is a medical problem that may be treated. At least 50% of those who complete an infertility evaluation will respond to treatment with a successful pregnancy. Some infertility problems respond with higher or lower success rates. Those who do not seek help have a “spontaneous cure rate” of about 5% after a year of infertility.

Myths: If you adopt a baby you’ll get pregnant!
Facts: This is one of the most painful myths for couples to hear. First it suggests that adoption is only a means to an end, not an happy and successful end in itself. Second, it is simply not true. Studies reveal that the rate for achieving pregnancy after adopting is the same as for those who do not adopt.

Myths: Maybe you two are doing something wrong!
Facts: Infertility is a medical condition, not a sexual disorder

Myths: My partner might leave me because of our infertility
Facts: The majority of couples do survive the infertility crisis, learning in the process new ways of relating to each other, which deepens their relationship in years to follow.

Myths: Perhaps this is God’s way of telling you that you two aren’t meant to be parents!
Facts: It is particularly difficult to hear this when you are struggling with infertility. You know what loving parents you would be, and it is painful to have to explain to others that you have a medical problem

Myths: I shouldn’t take a month off from infertility treatment for any reason… I just know that this next month will be THE one!
Facts: It is important periodically to reassess your treatment and your parenting goal. Continuity in treatment is important, but sometimes a break can provide needed rest and renewal for the next steps.

Myths: I’ll be labeled a ‘trouble maker’ if I ask too many questions.
Facts: The physician/patient team is important. You need to be informed about what treatments are available. What is right for one couple may not be right for another, either physically, financially, or emotionally. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of your doctor. A second opinion can be helpful. If needed, discuss this option with your physician.

Myths: I’ve lost interest in my job, hobbies, and my friends because of infertility. No one understands! My life will never be the same!
Facts: Infertility is a life crisis — it has a rippling effect on all areas of your life. It is normal to feel a sense of failure that can affect your self-esteem and self-image. You will move through this crisis. It is a process, and it may mean letting go of initial dreams. Throughout this process, stay informed about the wide range of options and connect with others facing similar experiences.
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Trying to conceive?

The key to getting pregnant is ovulation. By pinpointing when you ovulate you will increase your chances of getting pregnant. This can be a simple process or a bit tricky depending on your body and your fertility signals.
The good news is that many women have signals that show when they are ovulating. All you need to do is to find them and then you’re on your way to trying to get pregnant.

» 5 Signs You Are Ovulating.
1. Increase in cervical fluid.
When you are ovulating, your body increases the amount of cervical fluid. Many women just notice that towards the middle of their cycle they are a bit more moist. This can make sex easier because you usually don’t require lubrication from outside sources. Women also report feeling more sexually attractive and attracted to your mate. (The good news is that they seem to have the same feelings when you’re ovulating because of pheromones and other not so easily explainable forces.)
2. Your cervix moves forward.
You can easily check the position of your own cervix. Simply wash your hands and stick a finger or two inside your vagina and feel the cervix. When you are not fertile you will notice that your cervix is harder and not open. Your cervix will feel about the consistency of the end of your nose. When you ovulate the cervix is easier to reach, a bit softer and slightly open to receive sperm. At this point your cervix may feel more like your ear lobe.
3. One sided pain during ovulation.
This is called mittleschmerz or middle pain. This is an achy feeling arising from the ovary just prior to or during ovulation. Not every woman notices this pain. But if you do experience it is a good clue that you have ovulated.
4. Your basal body temperature shifts.
If you are tracking your basal body temperatures you can see where your temperatures shift downwards then suddenly spike upwards. This is also an indication of ovulation. This requires that you take your temperature on a daily basis.
5. You have an LH surge.
This one requires testing with ovulation prediction kits (OPK). This involves spending money to purchase test kits that measure the amount of LH in your urine

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25 signs you are pregnant!

If you’re like everyone else you’re trying to figure out what the signs of pregnancy or pregnancy symptoms are and how likely they are to mean that you are pregnant. You can ask other people, you can worry in silence, but the best thing is to read through the categories and add up the signs. The more you have the more likely you are to be pregnant.
On the chart below are 25 of the most common signs of pregnancy and what they mean. You can also click the sign to get more information on each sign of pregnancy. The three categories of pregnancy signs are: possible, probable and positive.

Pregnancy Sign Category
Missed period Possible
Unusual or abnormal period Possible
Just “feeling” pregnant Possible
Nausea and Vomiting Possible
Changes in libido Possible
Soreness of the Breasts Possible
Enlargement of the Breasts Possible
Frequent Urination Possible
Strange Cravings Possible
Fatigue Possible
Montgomery’s Tubercules Possible
Skin Changes Possible
Stretch Marks Possible
Enlarging Uterus Possible
Movement Possible
Colostrum from Breasts Possible
Enlarged Abdomen Probable
Change in uterine shape Probable
Braxton Hicks Contractions Probable
Palpation of the Baby Probable
Positive Pregnancy Test Positive
Fetal Heart Tones Positive
Ultrasound Detection Positive
X-ray Detection Positive
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