What do you really know about your donor?

“Is my donor being truthful in their self-description?” “How can I REALLY know who my donor is?” These are very real concerns for families selecting anonymously donated eggs,sperm and embryos (particularly from the large egg or sperm banks).  This article describes the experiences of some families who really didn’t get what they thought they hadContinue reading “What do you really know about your donor?”

Aussies raiding superannuation millions to pay for IVF

I have noticed an increasing trend toward this amongst my clients, and today saw this article in The Age describing the growing number of Australians using their superannuation to pay for fertility treatment.  http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/aussies-raiding-superannuation-millions-to-pay-for-ivf-20160825-gr0s6y.html “”It wasn’t that nagging voice in the back of her mind speaking this time. It was a doctor. He was saying thatContinue reading “Aussies raiding superannuation millions to pay for IVF”

A major breakthrough in infertility treatment by Australian researchers

New  Australian research might lead to cheaper and less invasive fertility treatment options for women who are struggling to become pregnant, especially those with conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome. The innovative technique, which builds on an existing treatment called in-vitro maturation (IVM), uses significantly less hormone drugs than IVF and thus greatly reduces the risk of medicalContinue reading “A major breakthrough in infertility treatment by Australian researchers”

“A Fertility App Is a Helpful Assistant, Not a Complete Solution”

These days wee rely on apps for seemingly everything, and fertility tracking apps are no exception.  This article raises some important points to consider if you are hoping to rely on a fertility app to help achieve a pregnancy. http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2016/08/the-pros-and-cons-of-using-a-fertility-app-to-try-to-get-pregnant/

We all get stressed – here are some great tips for feeling better

The Australian Psychological Society has just released a great new website packed with info and advice and here is my article pick for today – simply strategies for managing stress. Enjoy 🙂https://psychlopaedia.org/top-tips/tips-manage-stress/

Parents ignoring SIDS guidelines to avoid “flat head syndrome”

“One of the most common challenges facing new parents is the many pieces of health advice they receive. And a new study from the George Institute for Global Health at the University of Sydney has identified one area where conflicting advice may be putting their children at risk.” This article provides an interesting examination ofContinue reading “Parents ignoring SIDS guidelines to avoid “flat head syndrome””

And one donor’s perspective

This blog provides quite a different view (and very much an American perspective – much of what she experienced simply wouldn’t occur within the Australian donor system) – but it does give cause to stop and think about some of how treatment proceeds for donorshttp://velamag.com/superdonor/

Tasmanian woman becomes a mum at age 63

I do find this practice incredibly worrying.  As far as I am aware, there is no clinic in Australia that would agree to transfer an embryo to a woman of this advanced age, however Australians are travelling overseas for donor treatment, and sometimes they choose countries which have very … different… processes and practices toContinue reading “Tasmanian woman becomes a mum at age 63”

No increased risk of breast cancer from IVF

For many years, there’s been conflicting evidence – and a great deal of fear – that IVF might increase the risk of breast cancer in female fertility patients. But there is now good news for women undertaking IVF with the findings of a large 20-year study. A team of Dutch researchers followed over 25 000 womenContinue reading “No increased risk of breast cancer from IVF”