Alex Jones ‘Fertility and Me’
Alex Jones is not afraid of talking about her fertility journey and the issues that have arisen along the way. By speaking openly about her worries she has given hope to other perspective parents who are going through a similar journey and are wanting fertility advice.
The One Show presenter, who recently announced that she is now 4-months pregnant, highlights her fertility fears in new BBC documentary ‘Fertility and Me’ which aired last night (20th September). The documentary follows Alex as she talks to her mother and sister about their personal experiences of trying for a baby. She undergoes tests to assess her own fertility, investigates the latest cutting edge techniques in assisted conception, as well as meeting some of the UK’s leading experts.
Jones speaks to Zita West, Professor Tim Child and Professor Allan Pacey and Programme Consultant to the show is Professor Adam Balen all of whom will be speaking at this year’s Fertility Show at Olympia, London on the 5th and 6th November.
At 38 years of age, Jones was concerned that her and her husband Charlie had left it too late to have children and eagerly researches ways of increasing her chance of falling pregnant. Meeting Zita West, she is interested to learn that age is not the only factor preventing a woman from conceiving. Stress levels, diet and energy levels are all important factors. In fact, women who eat a healthy diet containing lots of vitamin D were most likely to fall pregnant.
Professor Tim Child introduces her to a new trial of Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening, called Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), which involves screening embryos to check they are genetically healthy and contain the correct number of chromosomes. As women get older, the miscarriage rate increases but by having NGS, experts are able to see whether or not the cells have the correct number or chromosomes before planting it into a woman’s womb.
Alex Jones goes on to discover that it is not only women who struggle with fertility problems, but men do as well. Professor Allan Pacey talks to her about how age, lifestyle issues and how even a man’s occupation can affect his fertility.
We see her travel to Spain to explore new ground-breaking tests which can predict when an embryo should be implanted in the womb. She later visits Sweden where she learns about womb transplant surgery which is giving new hope to some women.
If you would like to learn more about fertility and to receive your own expert advice, why not book tickets to the Fertility Show here: https://www.fertilityshow.co.uk/london/visiting/ticket-information and meet some of the experts featured in the programme.