My heart goes out to this Australian couple who have just had their babies through surrogacy in Ukraine. Unfortunately, the babies have been born very prematurely and the parents are now trying to manage the care of their twins in a foreign country, negotiating in a language they don't understand and with medical insurance that… Continue reading Surrogacy in Ukraine
If you are going through fertility treatment, you have probably heard the phrase PGD, PGS or PGT (pre-implantation genetic diagnosis/screening/testing, respectively). But what does this offer you if you are undertaking IVF? Does it really help reduce miscarriage? What genetic abnormalities can be discovered? Does it protect the future baby from further testing? This article… Continue reading IVF and Pre-implantation genetic testing
If you have been struggling to conceive, you may be starting to explore fertility treatment options. Many people who start exploring assisted reproduction end up feeling overwhelmed and confused by all of the different assisted reproduction treatment (ART) options, and have lots of questions swirling through their mind: "What do all of the options mean?"… Continue reading There is much more to assisted reproduction treatment than just 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 as… Continue reading Should we consider transferring “mosaic” embryos in IVF?
Some time ago, I blogged about court proceedings that had been launched in the USA against Xytec, a significant provider of donor sperm in the United States, and also importing here to Australia. The case has finally come to a conclusion, but details of the matter will never be disclosed as the applicants eventually decided… Continue reading Xytec settles out of court regarding inadequate vetting of sperm donor
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Implications of the recent interpretation of who is a "parent" by the Australian Family Court in cross border surrogacy matters are starting to become more clear. For this family, who were living in the USA at the time that they engaged in a surrogacy arrangement, the parents are Australian citizens (and therefore can only live… Continue reading Cross border surrogacy
VARTA is a wonderful resource for families undertaking fertility treatment (including donor and surrogacy). One of the great things they do is generate a whole load of really helpful information booklets and online information sources about everything fertility related. Their website include information for families and friends of people going through fertility treatment - it… Continue reading Know someone going through fertility treatment but don’t know how to help?
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?
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