Hello Christchurch!

  I just got back from an awesome weekend in Christchurch presenting at the Australasian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine Conference. My paper, “Extraordinary Claims Demand Extraordinary Evidence” A Systematic Review of the outcome of Psychological Interventions during Assisted Reproduction Treatment gave me a chance to really explore what the last 10 years of research demonstrates actuallyContinue reading “Hello Christchurch!”

Feeling safe and secure during obstetric and gynaecological care

With such a huge number of people living with a history of rape or sexual assault, it is astonishing that many services remain somewhat insensitive to the additional needs of these patient’s obstetric or gynaecological care.  Unfortunately, for many people undertaking routine sexual health checks, attending fertility clinics, having their antennal reviews or delivering theirContinue reading “Feeling safe and secure during obstetric and gynaecological care”

IVF and Pre-implantation genetic testing

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 articleContinue reading “IVF and Pre-implantation genetic testing”

Miscarriage and Infertility

I am looking forward to reading this new book published by netballer Liz Ellis who went through lengthy infertility treatment and had 3 miscarriages before eventually completing her family.  It looks like her book will be a very personal account of a really long road to creating a family. Unfortunately, some people follow the sameContinue reading “Miscarriage and Infertility”

How does it feel to go through IVF?

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 inContinue reading “How does it feel to go through IVF?”

There is much more to assisted reproduction treatment than just 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”

What is AMH and what does it mean for me?

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 knowContinue reading “What is AMH and what does it mean for me?”

What does AMH actually tell us

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 approximateContinue reading “What does AMH actually tell us”

Know someone going through fertility treatment but don’t know how to help?

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 – itContinue reading “Know someone going through fertility treatment but don’t know how to help?”

VARTA’s Time to Tell Seminar

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 toContinue reading “VARTA’s Time to Tell Seminar”