fertility, mental health, mental illness

Infertility and psychological distress

I have just seen this article (published in July 2016's Fertility and Sterility) which describes the level of distress still being experienced by families undertaking fertility treatment.  http://m.medicalxpress.com/news/2016-08-infertility-patients-mental-health-problems.html It really looks like we are letting families down, as they progress through treatment with the goal of starting or extending heir families. The study, which followed patients… Continue reading Infertility and psychological distress

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donor conception, fertility, fertility preservation, In the news, surrogacy

IVF and superannuation

The Courier Mail recently interviewed me about the increasing number of patients accessing their superannuation in order to pay for IVF.  Would you believe that last year, there were 13,476 applications from Australian patients wanting to access their superannuation on medical compassionate grounds (including fertility treatment? 34 per cent (4707) were from Queensland, resulting in 3359… Continue reading IVF and superannuation

fertility, In the news

ACCC puts IVF clinics “on notice”

Misleading reporting of success rates has been a problem which has plagued the IVF industry for a long, long time.  The ACCC has now stepped in and put fertility clinics "on notice" regarding false or misleading treatment outcome claims.  Although I am doubtful that this will be enough to completely extinguish poor behaviour by those… Continue reading ACCC puts IVF clinics “on notice”

donor conception, fertility

The experience of using an egg donor

I really like the series of videos about infertility on #hiddenfaces put together by fertilitynetworkuk.  This video shares the experiences of a woman learning she will need to use an egg donor, and how she coped with becoming a mother through gamete donation https://youtu.be/TLdlx-uPwnA

fertility, Fertility Resources and Links

Questions to ask your fertility doctor

I really like an article I just found which suggests 30 simple and sensible questions to put to your fertility specialist.  These questions help ensure you get the most out of your treatment and help you to remain an active part of the decision making process. Some patients worry about asking "too many" questions of… Continue reading Questions to ask your fertility doctor

In the news, surrogacy, surrogacy project

Who are the surrogacy IPs?

Surrogacy is no-one's first choice to having a family. It can be a tough long road, and also often really expensive.  This young couple have an all-too-familiar story of why they are seeking a surrogate - I wish them all the luck in the world to find a woman who can help them! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3805927/Uterine-cancer-victim-searches-surrogate-mother.html

fertility, In the news, Parenting

How Old is Too Old?

I have posted a few times about the potential for modern fertility treatment to raise the age at which people can become parents, and wondered what this might mean for future children. I have just watched last night's Insight episode (SBS Australia) to see what perspectives are shared regarding Older Parents.  Interesting stuff, with the perspectives… Continue reading How Old is Too Old?

donor conception, fertility, In the news

“More and More Australian Women are having children via sperm donation”

"More and more Australian women are having children via sperm donation, with the demand from single women doubling in the past five years."  This SBS program explores the international 3rd party reproduction industry, but it is absolutely critical to gain implications counselling from an experienced fertility counsellor before embarking on this form of family creation… Continue reading “More and More Australian Women are having children via sperm donation”

fertility, In the news, surrogacy

Wonderful story of altruistic domestic surrogacy

I just love this gorgeous story of surrogacy done well.  Congratulations to everyone involved!  Read the story online at Daily Life http://www.dailylife.com.au/life-and-love/parenting-and-families/love-child-a-surrogates-story-20160621-gpnzca.html

donor conception, fertility, In the news, Parenting

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 had… Continue reading What do you really know about your donor?