Articles on Fertility

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From a woman’s first periods until menopause, menstrual hormones drive her vaginal discharge. Annette Shaff/Shutterstock

Health Check: what is normal vaginal discharge and what’s not?

Vaginal discharge varies in consistency, texture, smell, taste and volume in the same woman from day to day, week to week, month to month and beyond.
IVF is still an expensive, invasive process that can have significant side-effects. Nejron Photo/Shutterstock

Emerging infertility treatment could be a less invasive and cheaper alternative to IVF

Early studies suggest a process called advanced in-vitro maturation may be able to treat infertility without women needing to inject themselves with high doses of hormones for several weeks.
South Africa’s high unemployment rate is the result of a disconnect between growth in employment and growth in the labour force. Reuters/Nacho Doce

Why South Africa isn’t cashing in on its demographic dividend

To realise the benefit of the final phase of the demographic transition, South Africa needs to grow employment and improve the labour market prospects for its younger working-age population.
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/Flickr

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.

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