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
"How successful is IVF?" is a question that gets asked incredibly often, but really the answer has to be "it depends". A clearer picture has been revealed by a recent study in Denmark, which followed 20,000 women through their fertility treatment. The results indicated that around 65% of these women had children within three years of treatment,… Continue reading IVF success rates – what should patients expect from treatment
The statistics regarding birth rates on IVF are amazing! Since the birth of the very first IVF conceived baby back in 1978 (Louise Brown, pictured below with her parents) at least 6.5 babies have been conceived this way. It is also amazing how the rate of treatment continues to grow, with a consistent climb of around… Continue reading Did you know that 6.5 million babies have been born worldwide via IVF?
The following article presents an interesting perspective of the dangers of finding embryos and eggs online, suggesting that by the time childless families reach their mandatory donor counselling at the ART clinics, they are already so emotionally invested, it is difficult to change their minds when misgivings surface. Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/by-the-time-they-get-to-the-clinic-stage-its-hard-to-pull-back-20160422-gocmam.html#ixzz46u3julld
As is often the case with media reports, it's a little tricky to know exactly what has happened here, but this appears to be a really sad situation where a surrogacy arrangement hasn't gone too smoothly here in Queensland, and the IPs and the surrogate have come out feeling damaged by the process. The story is… Continue reading Surrogacy arrangement turns sour in QLD
2 years after cross border surrogacy hit the spotlight with the story of Baby Gammy, there has been a development to the case in the Australian Family Court. The case received a great deal of attention after it was suggested that the IPs abandoned Gammy in Thailand to their Thai surrogate, and returned to Australia with… Continue reading The Baby Gammy story continues
I just found this brief but well written article which examine the rights of non biological partners and donors in the world of third party reproduction. It highlights some of the difficulties faced in more "complex" family structures such as when same sex-couples have a child with the help of a donor or friend, or two… Continue reading What rights do non-biological partners and donors have?
Reports in today's media are already predicting the outcomes of the ongoing federal government inquiry into surrogacy, suggesting that Australian couples may be banned from accessing surrogates overseas in a bid to prevent the exploitation of vulnerable women. Although the committee into surrogacy is only expected to hand down its findings to the government in the first… Continue reading “A greater onus of proof that a mother has consented”
Australia is preparing for the upcoming Parliamentary Inquiry into gestational surrogacy, and inevitably this discussion will also consider the intertwined issues of egg, sperm and embryo donation. There is no way to fully separate the various aspects of third party reproduction. With the arguments raging around compensation for third party reproduction, I thought it was really timely… Continue reading Sperm donation for the wrong reasons
Yet another cautionary surrogacy tale from overseas (in this instance the USA) where the surrogate wants a very different outcome to the commissioning parent, despite the legal contracts that were signed prior to the surrogacy being commenced. No matter how many legal issues you iron out ahead of time, there’s no way to legislate people’s… Continue reading When surrogacy contracts fall apart