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Talking about infertility, a guide

Talking about infertility, a guide Elise Atkinson Tue, 02/12/2019 - 16:55 3 To tell or not to tell? We ask the experts how, who and if you should tell when you’re undergoing fertility treatment – especially when it comes to the workplace. At a glance Having fertility discussions with your workplace can be challenging, but there are things you can do to make it easier Partners are encouraged to confide in their managers too Beware of dishing out unsolicited advice to friends or colleagues going through fertility treatments With infertility affecting one in six couples , struggling to conceive...
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Genetic testing, explained

Genetic testing, explained Assoc. Prof. G… Tue, 02/05/2019 - 14:41 4 Everything you need to know about testing for genetic disorders, according to a doctor. At a glance Screening tests for genetic disorders are encouraged but voluntary The most common screening tests are done during the first trimester of pregnancy Genetic testing can also assist couples battling unexplained infertility Having a family is an exciting time, but – as with all the best things in life – there is always an element of risk. Risk of struggling to fall pregnant, risk of losing a pregnancy, and risk of medical...
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Endometrial Scratching & IVF

Endometrial Scratching & IVF Dr Wan Tinn Teh Tue, 02/05/2019 - 10:58 2 After multiple unsuccessful IVF cycles, couples often ask about alternative techniques that they can try on their next cycle to increase their chance of pregnancy. One such technique is endometrial scratching. So, what is endometrial scratching, and can it increase your chance of having a baby? What is endometrial scratching? An endometrial scratch is a procedure proposed to improve endometrial receptivity and increase the probability of pregnancy in women undergoing IVF. It is generally only used for patients who have...
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Egg & embryo donation explained

Egg & embryo donation explained Anonymous Tue, 01/29/2019 - 12:52 3 You’ve heard of sperm donation, but what happens when you need an egg? Here’s what you need to know. At a glance Almost four per cent of pregnancies in Australia are produced by donor eggs. Couples might be after donor eggs and embryos for a number of reasons including compromising genetic conditions and poor egg quality. In Australia donors are purely altruistic, with laws preventing them from being paid. Sometimes having a baby just isn’t straightforward. It might be that there are issues on the male side or the female...
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Can I have a baby if I have PCOS?

Can I have a baby if I have PCOS? Dr Michael Costello Tue, 01/22/2019 - 13:14 3 Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects many Australian women, so when it comes to falling pregnant, here’s what you need to know. At a glance Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects up to one in five Australian women. Due to the absence of a regular menstrual cycle, it’s not uncommon for women suffering from PCOS to find it difficult to conceive naturally or that it takes longer to do so. PCOS-induced infertility can often be reversed through oral medications, injectables and in more difficult cases, IVF. PCOS...
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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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