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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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What are the alternatives to IVF?

What are the alternatives to IVF? Dr Bob Watson Tue, 08/23/2016 - 14:37 3 As many as 1 in 6 Australian couples will have difficulties conceiving when they decide to start or extend their family. Pregnancy delay is still a relatively ‘silent’ topic, with many couples preferring not to openly discuss their difficulties when trying for a baby. As a result, there is still a lack of knowledge in this area, with many couples maintaining an unrealistic concern that seeing a fertility specialist will automatically result in them having to go down the IVF route. It should be reassuring to know that...
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Why is iodine important to preconception and pregnancy health?

One in six Australian couples struggle to conceive and for many of these couples it is important to understand that lifestyle factors such as weight and diet can play an essential role in improving your fertility.
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Good advice for supporting a friend with infertility

Infertility and fertility treatment is understandably a very sensitive area.
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Endometrial Scratching & IVF

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, is endometrial scratching as uncomfortable as it sounds, and can it increase your chance of having a baby?
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IUI versus IVF

Four things you should know when comparing IUI and IVF A common dilemma faced by some couples who are having difficulties conceiving is whether to undertake IUI or IVF treatment.
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Fertility and Smoking

Clear the air for your fertility, pregnancy and baby One of the most common questions asked by couples on their fertility journey is “What can I do to improve my chance of conceiving?”
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Progesterone and Pregnancy

Progesterone is an important part of infertility treatment , with fertility specialists often prescribing progesterone supplements to help improve pregnancy rates from IVF.
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