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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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Does the collection of more eggs increase your chance of pregnancy from IVF?

Does the collection of more eggs increase your chance of pregnancy from IVF? Dr Christos Venetis Wed, 07/05/2017 - 13:06 5 New research indicates that egg quantity is an important determinant of IVF success One of the success factors many women and couples focus on when undergoing IVF treatment is the number of eggs retrieved at the oocyte pick up (OPU) stage of the cycle. But does this number (high or low) affect the likelihood of pregnancy from the IVF cycle? IVFAustralia fertility specialists, together with the University of NSW, recently investigated the hypothesis of whether a higher...
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How to keep sexual intimacy alive when you’re trying for a baby

How to keep sexual intimacy alive when you’re trying for a baby Dr Nikki Goldstein Fri, 01/20/2017 - 10:45 3 As Australia’s leading fertility provider, we see firsthand the impact of infertility on relationships. The pressures of trying to time intercourse, the re-occurring disappointments and sometimes invasive medical tests can put immense strain on people physically and emotionally. So, we asked Dr Nikki Goldstein , relationship expert, for her tips on how to maintain intimacy while trying to conceive: Top tips when having sex for conception Scheduled sex, when actively trying to get...
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The 10 most common questions about miscarriage

The 10 most common questions about miscarriage Dr Weng Chan Fri, 10/14/2016 - 11:58 5 Miscarriages are a lot more common than most people think, with one in six pregnancies ending before week 20. For women and couples experiencing miscarriage, it’s important to remember that they are not alone. October 15 is Pregnancy Loss Remembrance Day, raising awareness in the general community about the burden of miscarriage and help to reduce the stigma associated with it. Along with the emotional toll a miscarriage can take on couples, a major source of frustration is being left with a myriad of...
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