Articles on Infertility

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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.
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.
In a first for Australia, an ovarian tissue transplant has helped a woman fall pregnant after chemotherapy. http://www.flickr.com/photos/stacylynn/

Post-chemo woman pregnant after ovary tissue transplant

For the first time ever in Australia, a woman whose chemotherapy rendered her infertile has fallen pregnant using ovarian…
If infertility if defined as an inability to deliver a live baby after five years of trying, the global infertility rate hasn’t shifted much in the last 20 years. http://www.flickr.com/photos/daquellamanera/

Global study finds infertility rate stable

Infertility rates worldwide have remained relatively unchanged over the last 20 years, a new global study has found. The…
Those who know the identity of their donor from a young age are less likely to experience psychological problems. Ron Wiecki

Rights of donor children must come before egg donation compensation

University of Tasmania academic Meredith Nash recently argued on The Conversation that women who donate their eggs for fertility treatments should be financially compensated. It’s a risky and time-consuming…
A human egg being worked on in an IVF clinic. Adrian Wiggins

IVF treatment for older women: is age the greatest concern?

Considerable public controversy exists around the question of access to in-vitro fertilisation treatment (IVF) for older women. Some support unlimited, publicly-funded access for all infertile women and…
A hormone known to be in camel semen, and now found in humans, may give infertile couples a reason to smile. Nick Taylor

Hormones in semen could lead to better infertility treatment

Many animals, including humans, have a regular ovulation cycle, where an egg or eggs (depending on which type of animal) are released from the ovary regardless of whether mating has taken place or not…
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…

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