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Louise Brown, who was the world’s first baby to be born from in vitro fertilization (IVF) in 1978, poses with equipment used in early IVF treatments. Daniel Leal-Olivas/ Getty

The fertility industry is poorly regulated – and would-be parents can lose out on having children as a result

An unknown number of people have lost their dreams of parenthood because of storage disasters at fertility clinics. These experts note poor government oversight and the need for stronger regulation.
A 12-week-old baby female macaque, named Grady, was born from frozen testicular tissue. Oregon Health and Science University

A new procedure may preserve fertility in kids with cancer after chemo or radiation

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.
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. (Shutterstock)

Meet the men who donate sperm on Facebook

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.
In an ideal world of gender equality and recognition for women’s work, surrogacy could perhaps be part of a paid, legitimate economy. (Camila Cordeiro on Unsplash)

When women are surrogate mothers: Is that work?

As the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society urges the government to consider “compensation” for surrogacy, we need to talk about the implications of this rhetoric for women.
Today many donor-conceived children are adults and the impacts on their sense of identity have become clear, so Victoria is set to open the records of formerly anonymous donors. Reuters/Kacper Pempel

As Victoria opens sperm donor records, the key question is: do contact vetoes work?

In a world first, Victoria plans to retrospectively open the records of formerly anonymous sperm donors to all donor-conceived people. A system of contact vetoes aims to manage the privacy concerns.
Since fertility isn’t linked to one’s calibre as a parent, the state can only be justified in placing conditions on all prospective parents, regardless of fertility status. PROBunches and Bits {Karina}/Flickr

States have no right to stop anyone wanting to access IVF

Should people who need subsidised medical assistance to conceive have to show the state they will be good parents? This ethicist argues such checks are discriminatory.
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.
If proposed Victorian laws are enacted, they will be a world-first for donor-conception. Vlad Teodor/Shutterstock

Donor conception, secrecy and the search for information

Historically, donors were told it was best they were anonymous, while recipients were told it was best not to tell their child.
Many Australians may not be as lucky with their IVF treatment as joyful new mum Sonia Kruger. Nine Network/AAP

The ART of deception – IVF success rates are not what you think

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 are outstanding questions about the long-term safety of IVF. Nina Matthews Photography/Flickr

Rest assured, IVF babies grow into healthy adults

Babies conceived through in vitro fertilisation (IVF) mostly grow up to be healthy adults and compare well to those conceived naturally, according to research my colleagues and I have just published in…
Many couples have a strong desire for a biologically-related child and will go to great lengths to have one. Robert Kimberly

Why legalising commercial surrogacy is a good idea

Chief Federal Court Magistrate John Pascoe’s call for amending Australian state legislation to allow commercial surrogacy, subject to statutory controls, has much to commend it. The aim of the legislation…

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