Infertility Myths and Facts

It is estimated that infertility affects 10-15 percent of all UK families. Often, however, couples avoid talking openly about it, and as a result the subject of infertility is surrounded by many myths.

About the most common myths we hear, we talk to our Northway fertility Centre doctor, Reda Ziobakiene.

Dr. Reda Ziobakiene

– Is it true that female infertility is a much more common problem than male infertility?

– This is not true. According to global statistics, female infertility accounts for 30-40%, male infertility for 30%, 20% is due to both partner’s infertility, and the remaining 10-20% is unexplained infertility. Assessment of our fertility centre data, from all procedures performed in the previous year, shows that 43% of the time the cause was male infertility issues.

– Is it true that women who use contraceptives now will have difficulty getting pregnant, or even will not be able to get pregnant, in the future?

– This is one of the most common myths and what is strange is that it is popular among medical professionals. In fact, although the use of contraceptives in the past few years dropped by almost a quarter, infertility each year is growing dramatically.  So this fact shows that there is no direct link between these factors.

Also, there are strong enough scientific arguments against it. For instance, a research study, which investigated a group of women that for a long time used a variety of contraceptives and another group, which never used them, found that for both groups of women the time from trying to become pregnant to conception did not differ.

I would also like to point out that there is a specific group of women with infertility problems due to hormonal disorders – women who have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).  For this group of women, those who have used contraceptives in the past, experience significantly shorter time to conceive than those women who did not use contraceptives.

– It is said that assisted reproduction procedures have a negative impact on a woman’s health. Are you sure this is the case?

– Again, this is a myth, because neither medication nor fertilization procedures have long-term harmful effects on a women’s health. However, the reason or cause of the infertility may be associated with a certain diseases. For example, women who are infertile with certain hormonal disorders have an increased risk of ovarian or breast cancer. However, as I said, this has nothing to do with the procedure or the drugs that are administered in the treatment of infertility.

– Is it possible to delay having a child until a later age, in the hope that with the help of assisted reproduction techniques, older women may become pregnant?

– I would strongly recommend against that. The media constantly writes about how women aged 50 or older gave birth, and it is contributing to the formation of this incorrect opinion. In fact, fertility is absolutely associated with a woman’s age.

For women under the age of 35 years the chances of getting pregnant after fertility treatment are up to 50%, while women over 40 years have only an 18% chance, and women over 43 years only 5-6%. So it is not really recommended to wait a long time before trying. Ideally a baby should be planned before the age of 30 years, as then is the highest probability of success.

– Women’s discussion forums are full of statements saying that, when having assisted reproduction procedures, the first time you will not get pregnant, and you will need at least two or more treatments. Is there any truth in this?

– This is also not true. A substantial proportion of women – about 25-30% – conceive after the first treatment.

– Is it worth repeating an IVF procedure if the first treatment was not successful?

– Definitely. The chances of success after several procedures is higher than the chance after the first treatment.  In the United States, professionals conducted a study of 250,000 women undergoing assisted reproduction procedures over the course of 5 years. For women in the under 30 years age group, total pregnancy outcome was 78%. However for the same age group, pregnancy rates after the first procedure were 50%. But with increasing age the chances of getting pregnant in any case do decline.

– Do assisted reproduction procedures increase the birth rate of “different” children?

– It is always hard to predict what people expect and what they have in mind when they say “different”.

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Perhaps they will be ‘different’ because they are very long awaited, and probably more loved and spoiled.

If there are fears of an increased risk of birth defects, they really doesn’t need to be. It is true that after certain highly complex procedures such as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), using sperm with more severe abnormalities, minor anomalies, or certain organ malformations can be 1-2% cent more likely. Most of it is kidney, urinary tract, reproductive organs, and heart and vascular lesions, but as I said, it is only a small anomaly.

But it should be kept in mind that these procedures are not advised or performed for those who are unhealthy or with certain disorders.

It is often thought that the children born by assisted reproductive techniques will also be infertile, and they will need to apply the same procedures themselves. The reality disproves this myth too. Infertility is not hereditary. If your mother had trouble conceiving, it does not mean that it will be the same for you.

For example, the first girl born with an assisted fertilization procedure – who is now 35 years old  -successfully became pregnant and gave birth to two healthy children.

 How Body Bureau Can Help:

There are many reasons a couple experience difficulties in conceiving, but Body Bureau can help. We have regular London consultations for treatment that takes place in Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital city. As an EU country it abides but all the same high standards and regulations and is in the UK but at about 50% (IVF only from £1275) of the price of other private health and IVF clinics. Also we can offer affordable Egg, Sperm, Embryo donation services in our partner clinic in Prague, Czech Republic.

No waiting lists, success rates above UK average, newest methods, assessment consultations and after-care in London, most modern clinics. For more information and book an appointment, call us NOW 0207 617 7301 or email us

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Director of Body Bureau – winner of Tomorrow’s Travel Leaders award!


Tomorrow's travel leader award

Aaron Zukauskas from Body Bureau, a medical tourism facilitator based in London, has been invited to join the second year of a scheme launched by Travel Trade Gazette, the industry’s leading travel trade magazine.  This initiative shines the spotlight on the travel industry’s most inspiring young people who have made an outstanding contribution to their business.

“There are countless networking events in travel-but there aren’t many opportunities for the younger stars on of the business to meet, to network and to be inspired by some of travel’s leaders. Tomorrows Travel leaders not only celebrates these individuals but also give them a real opportunity to learn from some of the most senior people in the industry as well as each other.  I’d personally like to congratulate Aaron on making it to the final 30” – Daniel Pearce, Brand Director, TTG Media

The competition for the initiative was extremely fierce, with young people from across travel coming forward, a panel of distinguished judges met recently to decide the make-up of the final group..

This is the second accolade Body Bureau has won this year, having been awarded an International Leadership Award by the Medical Tourism Association back in May.  They pride themselves on providing excellent customer service and putting their clients first, helping them achieve their goals and get the treatment they want while saving them money in doing so.

Of this most recent award, Aaron said “I’m absolutely thrilled to accept this award from such a respected publication. It’s an honour for us all at Body Bureau to gain this sort of recognition for the work we do. We are devoted to our clients, so things like this spur us on to continue being the best for those we serve.”

Aaron Zukauskas, Director of Body Bureau

Aaron Zukauskas, Director of Body Bureau

When Should You Remove a Mole?

“Doctor, I have so many moles, there must be something wrong with my health. Please can you remove them?” This is a typical sentence you might hear in a dermatologist’s office, but in many cases there is nothing to worry about.

Often our doctors carefully examine every mole on a patient’s skin with special device called a  dermatoscope, and reassures the patient that majority of the moles are not harmful. “Moles should be monitored and checked. Whether or not you need to remove them, however, is a matter for the specialist “- says the Northway Medical Center’s Dermatologist Asta Dumbliauskiene.

When is it right to remove moles, and when is it not? When is the best time to remove them? We talk to Doctor Dumbliauskiene about these issues.


Doctor A.Dumbliauskienė reminds us: the best time to remove birthmarks and moles is when the sun outside is not too bright.

– What is a mole?

– Not all formations on the skin are moles by default. Sometimes people confuse moles and pigmented spots (freckles), skin tags, benign (non-cancerous) lentigines or seborrheic keratosis.

Moles – benign lesions on the skin. However they can change, in other words, become malignant, so it is very important to prevent this and keep an eye on them.

– What features should make a patient more cautious?

– Generally speaking, there is the so-called ‘ABC’ rule that can help you:

A – Asymmetry.  A mole that is asymmetrical, not round and regular for instance, or other asymmetric shapes, should raise suspicion.

B – Borders. A mole’s edges should be equal. If any edge is uneven, like jagged, it will would be worth checking with your doctor.

C – Colour. A mole should be a solid colour so if some of it gets darker, or darker dots appear, or all of it gradually becomes darker, you should get it checked out.

Dermatologists further evaluate with D – is dermatoscopic formations. This is investigated by viewing with a dermatoscope – as mentioned, the key device for dermatologist.

For the patient it is difficult to decide whether a mole dangerous or not. Sometimes, the patient comes in concerned about one irregularly-shaped mole, but after it is removed it turns out that it did not pose any danger. Instead – nearby – is a black, flat mole that the patient did not even suspect and, as it turns out, this mole can be abnormal and needs further investigation.

– Does the size of the mole matter?

– Although it is said that moles up to half a centimetre in diameter are harmless, it is best to be evaluated by a doctor. But if a mole begins to grow rapidly, evolve or change the answer is unequivocal – this should be of concern.

If moles are increasing and changing, and it is alarming, it is worthwhile to consult a doctor.

– Often women notice that moles appear after pregnancy and childbirth. Are these dangerous moles?

– During pregnancy there are changes in hormone activity so moles can increase, become swollen or alter slightly. However in most cases moles return to their original state.

– What happens if the doctor finds a mole that causes them concern?

– If the doctor finds a mole that looks abnormal, they cannot be removed by usual external methods. All such moles should be cut out surgically for histological examination.

– And if the moles are normal, and present no danger?

– If they do not raise suspicion, judged individually, then sometimes people ask us whether it is necessary to remove a mole. In these cases the answer is no, normal spot removal is not necessary. But if it is located in a place where it is constantly irritated, for example, around your neck or on your stomach, enduring the constant irritation of a chain or belt, or in an aesthetically disadvantaged area, then it can be removed.

A constantly irritated mole can quickly become damaged or painful, rather than one which is not in a place of easy irritation.

By the way, the most ‘vulnerable’ moles for this sort of irritation appear in the armpits, groin.

– How are benign moles are removed?

– Moles, which do not have any of the changes that may indicate their malignancy, can be removed at our clinic removes by applying Cosmetic Radiosurgery .

Radiosurgery is attractive because it causes minimal tissue damage. It’s like polishing, when tissues are removed layer by layer. The less damaged the tissue, the better wound healing.

– After treatment, are there are any traces of the former mole left?

– Currently there is no mole removal method which does not leave some sort of mark. After radiosurgery procedures a very blurry spot usually remains. At first a pink stain will be present, which will gradually become lighter. We can’t say that there will be not even the slightest trace left, but it is not as visible as if you were to have it removed surgically by scalpel. Radiosurgical method is even known as mole removal without cutting.

– After the procedure, can patients return to normal life?

– For the first day the patient can’t wash the wound, but from the next day showering is allowed. Visits to the sauna, swimming pool, steam room, or lying in the bath are not recommenced for 7-10 days. It’s also better not to plan any heavy exercise, or to go on a trip where you will be sweating heavily. And most importantly – for at least a month after the treatment do not to expose the area to the sun, or visit a sun bed. Otherwise the area might not recover normally and instead a pigmented stain can appear. Therefore, dermatologists do not advise the removal of moles from parts of the body that are open to the air in the summer. Such procedures are best to plan for a different time of year.

– Is the sun is dangerous for moles?

– Sunlight encourages normal spot growth, increases in size or other changes.

But even if we were to remove all moles located on the surface of human skin, the risk of developing melanoma would remain at around 50 percent. Therefore, sunscreen should protect not only moles but also the skin.

Younger girls should be reminded – not only do you need to watch out for the sun, but tanning salons as well. Man-made radiation is no less dangerous than UV rays from the sun.

And normally, people only think to protect their skin with protective creams when going to the beach. I would like to remind people that it is necessary to keep the skin protected on a daily basis, whenever it is exposed to the sun.

Moles receive additional negative solar charge, in addition to that wrinkles appears faster.

The skin needs to be protected, and the fact that it prevent malignancies and aging.

– Will those whose skin is darker need to be cautious as well?

– Yes, everyone should protect their skin from the sun. It’s just that generally, the darker the skin the lower SPF factor cream is needed.

– What is the riskiest part of body?

– For Men – ears, neck, shoulders and back. Often men forget to protect these places with a cream, and they tend to get the most sunlight.

Women – decollete, face and legs. Usually women forget to protect their legs appropriately.

Also, everyone needs to pay attention to their hands and feet. And sometimes melanoma develops in the pigmented part of the eye. To avoid this we always need eye protection on a sunny day  – the need to wear reliable glasses, that protect from the sun’s harmful rays.

 How Body Bureau Can Help:

We offer effective mole examination and removal services in Lithuania. Unchanged moles, and other pigment formations can be removed by various methods:

Surgical removal of moles and other pigmented structures using Radiosurgical method. Prices: £90-200

Surgical removal of moles and other pigmented structures using the CO2 laser Prices: £90-£220

For more information and to book an appointment, call us NOW 0207 617 7301 or email us

Body Bureau wins a 2013 Medical Tourism Association Leadership Award!

Body Bureau - award winning medical tourism company

Body Bureau goes from strength to strength and wins a 2013 Medical Tourism Association Leadership Award.

Body Bureau, a leading London-based medical tourism boutique, is the only UK facilitator to win an MTA award.

Although offering a large range of medical care services at their respected partner-clinics, Body Bureau specialise in providing affordable infertility treatment, such as IVF and ICSI, to those unable to afford the bloated charges made for these services in the UK, or those abandoned by the NHS due to it’s restrictive policies.

The recent opening of a London Pre-Assessment clinic allows much of the process to take place in the UK, including consultations and tests, meaning just one short trip of up to week is all that is required for the actual treatment.

Their main clinic in Vilnius, capital city of Lithuania, is the most modern in the region and uses advanced techniques.

Further to this, due to patient demand, they are also set to introduce a new clinic in the next couple of months that will specialize in donor services, single women and those up to the age of 49 years.

Learn more about other high quality and affordable Body Bureau services: Cosmetic Surgery, Vision Correction, Weight Loss Surgery, Dentistry, Health Screening.

For more information and book an appointment, call us NOW 0207 617 7301 or email us