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Is 2019 your year for a baby?

Is 2019 your year for a baby? Assoc. Prof. P… Wed, 01/16/2019 - 10:15 2 Let’s make this year your year and join the Four Week Fertility Program When you’re trying to conceive, it can seem like everyone becomes an expert on how you and your partner can try to make it happen. Your well-meaning friends may suggest a host of different tips and techniques you’ve never heard of and some that you have, leaving you to sort through all the conflicting advice. That’s why IVFAustralia , Melbourne IVF , Queensland Fertility Group , TasIVF and Virtus Fertility Centre developed the four week fertility...
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Endometriosis and fertility

Endometriosis and fertility Dr David Molloy Tue, 01/15/2019 - 14:27 3 It’s not all bad news when it comes to endometriosis – and the good news is there’s a lot we can do about it. At a glance Endometriosis affects one in 10 Aussie women It’s not uncommon for people suffering from endometriosis to struggle with conceiving naturally Endo-induced infertility can be treated with surgery, or helped along with fertility treatments such as IVF Endometriosis is a common condition that affects one in 10 Australian women , where the tissue that’s similar to the lining of the uterus – the endometrium –...
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Self-care during IVF treatment

Self-care during IVF treatment Elise Atkinson Tue, 12/18/2018 - 13:04 3 When you’re on a fertility journey, looking after your own wellbeing can be challenging. Let’s explore the benefits of taking time out for you. At a glance Looking after your emotional health is just as important as what’s going on physically The frustrations of infertility can place strain on relationships, so taking mental breaks is key Counselling can be an important resource for those struggling with fertility Whether you’re partnered-up or single, navigating the fertility space can at times feel overwhelming,...
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What not to say when talking about infertility

What not to say when talking about infertility Dr Anne Coffey Mon, 12/03/2018 - 13:16 3 As the Christmas and New Year period approaches, many people are planning gatherings of family and friends. The months ahead are some of the most carefree times in the year. For couples experiencing infertility however, these events can be more difficult. Women and couples who are trying to conceive have to navigate a series of predictable questions. “So when are you going to have babies?” “When do I get some grandchildren?” and “Why aren’t you drinking, are you pregnant?”. The couple may have been trying...
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How to mentally prepare for fertility treatment

How to mentally prepare for fertility treatment Melissa Stephens Fri, 11/09/2018 - 10:24 4 Preparing for IVF treatment isn’t easy; add into the mix juggling relationships, work and other every day realities, and it can become extremely overwhelming. We spoke to fertility counsellor Melissa Stephens to get some tips to help try and manage the stress of these situations. Friends and family It’s important to have a support network when going through IVF for those moments when you need a shoulder to lean on. Confiding in your nearest and dearest - perhaps a sister or best friend - can provide an...
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CEO files: Sue Channon of Virtus Health

CEO files: Sue Channon of Virtus Health Blog Admin Thu, 11/08/2018 - 09:15 7 *This article was first published by Business Chicks There are just 11 female CEOs at the helm of ASX 200 listed companies. In 2018, that figure seems absurd, yet here we are. Sue began her career in nursing in a small town in New Zealand. Working as an operating theatre manager in a highly stressful environment, she experienced the kind of “life-threatening situations” that proved the perfect training ground for her role as CEO of Virtus Health. How do you think your early nursing experience set you up for your...
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Supporting each other through the journey

Supporting each other through the journey Blog Admin Mon, 10/29/2018 - 16:39 3 Struggling to conceive is tough enough, but maintaining relationships while undergoing the ups and downs of fertility treatment has its own set of challenges. At a glance A fertility journey can be emotionally and physically taxing, so building up a good support network is essential Forming relationships with your care providers is invaluable When tackling infertility as a couple, supporting your partner is key Whether you’re one of the 15 per cent of Australian couples struggling to conceive, are in a same-sex...
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7 myths about trying to conceive

7 myths about trying to conceive Virtus Health Wed, 10/03/2018 - 09:13 4 This article first appeared in Business Chicks One of the great ironies in a woman’s life is that after spending most of our 20s trying not to get pregnant, we then wind up in our 30s or 40s desperately trying to do the opposite. Whether you’ve been trying to conceive for awhile or just starting out, we’ve partnered with Australia’s number one fertility provider, Virtus Health, to debunk seven common fertility myths so you can get busy well, getting busy. MYTH 1. Having sex on the day of ovulation increases the chances...
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My story: Why you should seek fertility help sooner rather than later

My story: Why you should seek fertility help sooner rather than later Anonymous Mon, 09/10/2018 - 10:36 4 This article was first published by Fairfax in July 2017. I stopped taking the pill two months before I married my husband. We’d always talked about having a family and agreed that we wanted to start trying sooner rather than later. I was 27 and my husband was 31. Like many women, I assumed the minute I stopped taking the pill I’d fall pregnant. Initially ‘trying’ was fun, both mentally and in practice, and waiting for my period was filled with anticipation – not to mention a whole lot of...
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How low is too low when it comes to AMH?

How low is too low when it comes to AMH? Dr Raelia Lew Fri, 09/08/2017 - 11:08 4 The Anti-Mullerian Hormone (or AMH) is a hormone produced by the primary follicles (small clusters of cells that surround immature eggs) in a woman’s ovaries. An AMH test can give you an indication of your ovarian reserve compared to other women of a similar age. Unlike men who continually produce sperm, women are born with their lifetime supply of eggs. It can be important to know what your ovarian reserve is when considering having a baby. What is the AMH test? An AMH test is the best biochemical marker of a...
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