Our new study shows a widely used fertility treatment, known as ICSI, is no better than standard IVF for most people. Yet, it's being routinely offered around the world.
A human blastocyst. Researchers have now created ‘model’ versions of this early embryonic structure by reprogramming human skin cells.
Two research groups have turned human skin cells into structures resembling an early-stage human embryo, paving the way for exciting new research avenues, and opening up some tricky ethical questions.
The guide asks questions about the woman’s age, how long she has been trying for a baby, whether she has been pregnant before, and the percentage of the male partner's sperm that move normally.
White rhinos owe their name to the Afrikaans word ‘wyd’, meaning wide, which refers to the animal’s wide mouth.
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By unlocking the full potential of rhino ovaries, we hope to produce enough eggs to revive the northern white rhino in the wild.
New technologies are helping people to choose when and how to have children.
As more choices become theoretically available to prospective parents, it's important to understand their rights.
Despite the hype about a "coronial" baby boom, the pandemic is likely to see many Australians delay or not have children at all.
Unhelpful comments can be a source of stress for people struggling with infertility, and can mean that seeking social support can result in more, rather than less, distress.
Most people don't intend to be hurtful or insensitive in their conversations with people experiencing infertility — they often just don't know what to say.
Expect fewer visits to the clinic, fewer people in the waiting room at once, and temperature checks.
Society shapes people’s preferences and emphasises the value of having genetically related children.
Many American women are having children later in life.
The number of births in the United States have been falling for the last three decades, reaching their lowest number in 32 years.
Genetic testing costs around A$700 per embryo.
Women aged over 35 are sometimes offered genetic testing of their IVF embryos to rule out abnormalities. But it's expensive and doesn't increase their chance of a baby. In fact, it could reduce it.
No gene for cuteness has yet been identified – but give it time.
It's now possible to choose embryos for IVF based on the likelihood they will have certain traits.
Australians can now have their say on the issues around mitochondrial donation.
Should Australia allow the creation of babies with DNA from more than two people? This reproductive technology could prevent babies being born with mitochondrial disease, so the simple answer is yes.
Having an embryo with too many or too few chromosomes is the most common reason for a miscarriage.
Miscarriages are more common than many people realise and can be devastating. Here's what we know about why they happen, what we can do to treat the causes, and what we could do better.
IVF and the businesses that spring up alongside it are part of a multi-billion dollar global market for fertility treatments.
The story of how human eggs became an integral part of a multi-billion dollar global fertility industry starts in a unlikely place: the sex lives of farm animals.
Maxine Peake in the stage production of Julia Leigh’s Avalanche: A Love Story.
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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.