Assisted reproduction technology

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Should parents be allowed to select the sex of their child through IVF when there’s no compelling medical reason to do so? Marcus Hansson/Fkickr

Why we should consider whether it’s time to allow sex selection in IVF: NHMRC

The National Health and Medical Research Council call for public submissions on whether sex selection should be allowed without a medical reason recognises changing social attitudes.
The highest IVF success rates are reported in women under 30 who have an around a 26% chance of having a baby. Philippe Put/Shutterstock

Your questions answered on donor conception and IVF

Thanks to IVF and donor conception, infertile couples, single women and lesbian couples now have a better chance of starting families. But while common, it's rarely openly discussed.
Many Australians may not be as lucky with their IVF treatment as joyful new mum Sonia Kruger. Nine Network/AAP

The ART of deception – IVF success rates are not what you think

From "Joyful new mum Sonia Kruger" to the "back-to-front love story" of sperm donor romance, IVF patients across the country are being told their fairy tale ending is just an embryo transfer away.
There are outstanding questions about the long-term safety of IVF. Nina Matthews Photography/Flickr

Rest assured, IVF babies grow into healthy adults

Babies conceived through in vitro fertilisation (IVF) mostly grow up to be healthy adults and compare well to those conceived naturally, according to research my colleagues and I have just published in…
Many couples have a strong desire for a biologically-related child and will go to great lengths to have one. Robert Kimberly

Why legalising commercial surrogacy is a good idea

Chief Federal Court Magistrate John Pascoe’s call for amending Australian state legislation to allow commercial surrogacy, subject to statutory controls, has much to commend it. The aim of the legislation…
Most of us know little about the experiences of people who are drawn to the multimillion dollar surrogacy industry. Mike Reys

Origins of Love: the reality and ethics of reproductive tourism

Assisted reproductive technology has grown significantly in Australia as in other countries and hundreds of thousands of children have now been born because of it around the world. Most of us know people…
Many women believe that experiencing pregnancy is a key component of motherhood. Dhini van Heeren

A womb of her own: risking uterus transplant for pregnancy

On a weekend in mid-September 2012, a team of gynaecologists and transplant specialists at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Sweden, performed two uterus transplants with living donors. In both cases…
Most couples having trouble conceiving are sub-fertile (rather than sterile) and may conceive naturally. kendrak/Flickr

Help women conceive with better information about menstruation

Most couples who seek reproductive assistance are sub-fertile, rather than sterile, and may conceive naturally. But for this to to be optimised, they need to accurately time intercourse on the fertile…
Millions of babies have been born after the use of assisted reproductive technologies, and nothing has gone wrong with the vast majority. Chiceaux Lynch

No need for alarm about birth defects after assisted conception

Some people may be wondering whether it’s wise to undergo assisted reproduction after recent media headlines about these technologies increasing the risk of birth defects. In fact, millions of babies have…
Researchers studied nearly 310,000 births between 1986 and 2002. flickr/spamily

Does all assisted reproduction lead to birth defects?

Recently published research helps clarify the risk of birth defects linked to assisted reproductive technology. The study authors (including myself) found that a major factor for birth defects was parental…

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