This is a heartfelt description of an IVF cycle which is destined to fail. Christiane writes about her experience of waiting to hear the outcome of her most recent embryo transfer, and learning that she has a negative pregnancy result.https://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/the-ivf-warrior-a-letter-to-my-lost-embryo-20180216-h0w78w.html For those who haven't had to struggle to fall pregnant , the reaction of those in… Continue reading How does it feel to go through IVF?
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
I seem to have spent a lot of time talking about AMH in the past couple of weeks. Some women who have discovered their AMH is a lot lower than they expected, and others who are just wondering if they should be getting their AMH checked. But what is AMH? Do you need yo know… Continue reading What is AMH and what does it mean for me?
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 approximate… Continue reading What does AMH actually tell us
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?
On Saturday, I was very fortunate to be part of (and co-faciliating) VARTA's annual Time to Tell seminar for people building their family with the help of donors and surrogates. It was the first time I have had an opportunity to attend this amazing event, and it was an incredibly powerful and positive experience to… Continue reading VARTA’s Time to Tell Seminar
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
As more and more people choose to become parents on their own using fertility treatment, it is great to see stories like this one hitting the mainstream media. A few weeks ago, SBS's excellent program Insight highlighted the experience of becoming a solo parent. The episode is available to watch here http://www.sbs.com.au/news/insight/tvepisode/solo-parents "This is absolutely Plan A.… Continue reading Solo parenting
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?