How will climate change affect our conception chances?
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A world of warmer weather may be bad news for reproductive health and birth rates.
Fracking in the US has relied on chemicals linked to a range of health problems but the industry claims UK operations would be far safer.
Marketing egg freezing as a way to extend women’s reproductive lives is simply false.
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The practice of offering egg freezing perks to employees is becoming increasingly more common. Facebook and Apple are in on the act, as too are some of our local IVF clinics.
Should parents be allowed to select the sex of their child through IVF when there’s no compelling medical reason to do so?
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.
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.
Thanks to IVF and donor conception, infertile couples, single women and lesbian couples now have a better chance at starting families. But how does it all work? Ask the experts here.
Knowledge is power. And IVF is expensive.
Clinics aren't compelled to disclose their success rates, so it's impossible to compare all clinics. Even when they do, the pretty graphs on clinic websites can be difficult to understand.
New research shows women's faces become redder at their more fertile times but men's response remains a mystery.
Humanity on ice.
Freezing young men's sperm might remove worries about them fathering children in later life, but do we really want the state routinely meddling in conception?
‘I did it, darling!’
Fertility, as with contraception, is seen as a woman's issue, but the science shows this needs to change.
“Mummy says you should have gotten a move on.”
Calls to freeze every 18-year-old's sperm might be drastic but men need to realise it's a myth that there's no limit to their fertility.
Gird your loins.
Recent research into the health effects of the plastic-making chemicals phthalates has reignited concerns about low sperm counts. But the evidence is far from conclusive.
Many Australians may not be as lucky with their IVF treatment as joyful new mum Sonia Kruger.
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’s a sense that people who want to be child-free are somehow draft-dodging the duty of parenthood – we’ve done it and suffered, so why haven’t you?
Societies overwhelmingly endorse reproduction, but the pressure this places on people who don't want to have kids may be putting their health at risk.
Egg and spoon race.
A declining birth rate and treatment that still has a modest success rate calls for better ways to investigate infertility.
When cells divide, sometimes chromosomes don’t wind up where they need to go.
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Aneuploidy – when a cell has an irregular number of chromosomes – is a major cause of pregnancy loss. Scientists may have uncovered a gene that increases the risk of aneuploidy.
Women diagnosed with PCOS often will have good outcomes with diet and lifestyle changes.
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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal condition that disrupts ovulation and the menstrual cycle. It’s the most common female hormonal condition, affecting roughly one in 12 Australian women. Women…
‘Steam douche’ advocate. More like hot air.
Gwyneth Paltrow stirred up an interesting discussion with her latest recommendation for the spa fan: the Mugworth V-Steam. As she put it: “You sit on what is essentially a mini-throne, and a combination…
The tsunami devastated the beaches of Aceh in Indonesia, but children now play on them once more.
How does the death of a child affect parents' subsequent fertility? On a population scale this has been difficult to answer, but it has fundamental implications for understanding population dynamics across…
Freeze your eggs or free your career?
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The shift towards late motherhood – commonly defined as motherhood after 35 – is often presented as a story of progress and technological liberation from the biological clock. The narrative goes something…