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Thinking of freezing your eggs… just in case?

An increasing number of women are now exploring the option of egg freezing as fertility "insurance". But does it really stack up to "ensure" that wanted baby in years to come?  This article does a good job at exploring the pros and cons of egg freezing. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-31/egg-freezing-helping-women-delay-motherhood-but-risk-missing-out/8737308?sf102297805=1 Consultant Simone Campbell from the City Fertility Centre in… Continue reading Thinking of freezing your eggs… just in case?

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The donor experience

Although this story is from an American site (so the information is not completely relevant to the Australian context) I still feel that it gives a good perspective on some of the unexpected reactions that may occur for a woman who decides to become an egg donor. Remember that in Australia, there is NO paid/compensated… Continue reading The donor experience

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Can we predict miscarriage risk?

A new study (with findings presented at the recent ESHRE conference) has suggested that blood tests within days of embryo transfer in IVF patients might help predict which patients are most likely to miscarry in  the first trimester.  While some people might prefer not to know, this could be a really important piece of information… Continue reading Can we predict miscarriage risk?

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Resource for solo mums

After yesterday's post about recent research that has shown the children of solo mums do no worse than those raised in heterosexual couples, it seemed timely to let you know about this new book: Dream Come True, The story of a single woman conceiving via donor conception. 

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What should you expect from your fertility clinic?

Yesterday I shared a list of tips of how to get the most from your fertility care, as suggested by the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE). Today I would like to share another resource published by ESHRE which they view as the minimum standard of care you should expect to be getting… Continue reading What should you expect from your fertility clinic?

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Advice for patients seeking fertility assistance

I have just come across this document published by The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) which outlines some really fabulous hints and tips for getting the most out of your fertility care.  The document has been put together by some of world leaders in psychosocial fertility support, and it shows - the… Continue reading Advice for patients seeking fertility assistance

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What is your chance of conceiving, based on your age?

The data around fertility rates has varied over the years, but the Medical Journal of Australia has just published new statistics on the chance of conception (using IVF) based on age - and for women aged over 40, the news is not great.  Although these statistics aren't really much different from what most people who… Continue reading What is your chance of conceiving, based on your age?

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Does it really help to “relax” when you are trying to get pregnant?

If only I had a dollar for every time I've been asked that question!  I think the evidence on this is really contentious, and there are so many variables that make it a really hard question to answer definitively, but one thing is certain - telling someone who is stressed and upset that they should… Continue reading Does it really help to “relax” when you are trying to get pregnant?

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Surrogacy in India – what’s happening now?

Despite the 2016 legislative changes in Indian surrogacy, which have effectively prohibited foreigners from undertaking surrogacy arrangements in that country, it appears that little may have changed there, with some fertility centres still providing services illegally to foreign nationals, with the use of "surrogate houses".  Putting aside the obvious ethical and social issues associated with… Continue reading Surrogacy in India – what’s happening now?

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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 women… Continue reading No increased risk of breast cancer from IVF