Maxine Peake in the stage production of Julia Leigh’s Avalanche: A Love Story.
The Other Richard
Avalanche: A Love Story, is a play based on the author's memoir detailing the anguish of her six unsuccessful attempts at IVF. It depicts doctors who prey upon an ageing woman’s despair and the stigma attached to 'failed' mothers.
Adults born via IVF are as healthy as their naturally conceived peers.
New research suggests that while babies conceived via IVF experience changes to their genes, these differences disappear by adulthood.
The procedure is still experimental and there’s so much we don’t know about it.
Don't get too excited about the prospect of freezing ovarian tissue to postpone menopause. The costs, risks and unknowns are likely to outweigh the potential benefits.
Who’s your daddy? This latest court case doesn’t provide any certainty for donors, women and their children.
When can a donor be a legal parent? The latest High Court ruling doesn't make it clear how much involvement a donor needs to have.
There are competing laws at the state and Commonwealth level that define who can be determined as a “parent,” a conflict the High Court decision did not necessarily clear up.
The High Court has decided that a man who donated sperm to a friend is considered a legal parent – a ruling that could have a chilling effect on similar artificial insemination arrangements.
Almost 65% of couples in Australia and New Zealand are using ICSI as part of their IVF treatment.
It can be difficult to understand all the 'add-on' procedures available with IVF. A new study finds one popular fertility technology, ICSI, is being offered to couples it might not be suitable for.
In vitro fertilisation.
New research can for the first time tell us what happens when women wish to go back to the clinic to use their frozen eggs.
A 12-week-old baby female macaque, named Grady, was born from frozen testicular tissue.
Oregon Health and Science University
Children with cancer not only endure chemotherapy or radiation treatment but they may also face infertility in adulthood. Now a new procedure, just proven in monkeys, may be close to use in humans.
Our new research has discovered what gives human sperm the strength to succeed in the race to fertilise the egg – and it's all to do with their tails.
Age is the biggest predictor of IVF success, but not all clinics are equal.
If you're one of the one in six Australian couples experiencing infertility, you've probably thought about IVF. Here's a step by step breakdown of how it all works.
We need a new legal definition of ‘parent’ to reflect the diversity of Australian families.
Who is a child's legal parent? The question is at the heart of a case due before the High Court this year. It may have implications for children born via IVF or surrogacy, and the people who raise them.
In a masterfully manipulative Youtube video, He Jiankui tells the world about the first genetically edited babies.
AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein
To announce the world's first gene-edited babies, scientist He Jiankui did what movie directors do: release a trailer on YouTube. The video is a positive spin on unauthorized gene editing.
Chinese scientist He Jiankui of Shenzhen claims he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies.
We don't know anything about the health of the baby girls who are reported to have been born. But it's clear scientists around the world are shocked.
There are many things to consider when choosing when to have a child.
While media portrayals of online sperm donation often portray “rogue breeders” or “super sperm,” research reveals that the real men who do this are motivated to help others.
Sperm donation websites are the Ubers and Airbnbs of the fertility world. But why are they so popular? New research explains the reasons why some men donate.
An embryologist pulls out frozen embryos and egg cells.
A recent ruling in an Ontario court fails to consider law governing the use of embryos.
Egg freezing: hope or hype?
Why some women choose to freeze their eggs.
New procedures are enabling men and women to preserve their fertility until they are ready or able to have children.
For women and men not ready to have children, there are new ways to preserve fertility. And experimental techniques offer hope for sick children whose treatments jeopardize future childbearing.
An audio version of a long read article on the history of infertility, 40 years after the first baby was born via IVF.
The debate about the pros and cons of genetically screening embryos is deeply entrenched. Perhaps we should let couples decide.