Did you know it is Perinatal Disorders Awareness Week?

November 12-18 is Perinatal Depression & Anxiety Awareness Week.  The Week is intended to raise awareness about perinatal anxiety and depression, including signs to look for and where to go to seek support.  Support is available if you are struggling through a pregnancy or postpartum – for help to find it, you can start your searchContinue reading “Did you know it is Perinatal Disorders Awareness Week?”

An unexpected risk for surrogates!?

Can a woman really fall pregnant, when she is already carrying a surrogacy pregnant?  This is not an issue I generally include for discussion in my pre-surrogacy implications counselling for women contemplating becoming a gestational surrogate, but the truth is, strange things really do happen!  The process is known as superfetation, and involves the simultaneousContinue reading “An unexpected risk for surrogates!?”

Should we consider transferring “mosaic” embryos in IVF?

Traditionally, Australian IVF clinics have been reluctant to transfer embryos which have a known chromosomal mosaicism.  To explain, we need a quick lesson in genetics… Usually, conception occurs when a single egg is fertilised by a single sperm, and an embryo develops containing 46 chromosomes. Occasionally, a fertilized egg with contain 47 chromosomes. This occurs asContinue reading “Should we consider transferring “mosaic” embryos in IVF?”

What does AMH actually tell us

I often speak to women undertaking fertility treatment who feel quite confused about what their AMH level means.  Ovarian reserve tests look at three hormonal biomarkers known to give a good indication of the number of remaining eggs: anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and inhibin B. Most women understand that AMH is an approximateContinue reading “What does AMH actually tell us”