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Published: October 2018
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

IVF with the lot, does it increase the chance of having a baby?

Headline: IVF with the lot, does it increase the chance of having a baby?

People who struggle to have a baby often turn to IVF and this has ended happily for millions of couples around the world. But sometimes multiple IVF attempts fail to result in a pregnancy and sometimes women who achieve pregnancy experience repeated pregnancy loss.

Published: May 2020
Fertility & infertility

Important research for men who want to have kids

Headline: Important research for men who want to have kids

A man’s age and smoking habits around the time of conception can affect his chance of a healthy baby, new research suggests.

It’s long been known that women should try to stay as healthy as possible during pregnancy to give her baby the best start in life. But in recent years there’s been increasing evidence that the health of both parents before conception is important for their future baby’s health.  

Published: August 2016
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

In vitro maturation: Australian and Belgian scientists lead the way

Headline: In vitro maturation (IVM): Australian and Belgian scientists lead the way

Last week, Australian and Belgian scientists announced exciting results in the field of IVM (in vitro maturation of human eggs). IVM has been around for some time. The breakthrough comes from the development of culture medium containing growth factors that make IVM 50% more successful than in previous methods.   

So what is IVM and how does it relate to the process of IVF (In Vitro Fertilization)?

To understand this development, you first need to know a little bit about how eggs are stored in the ovary and how IVF is practiced today.

Published: April 2020
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Infertility, grief and COVID-19

Headline: Infertility, grief and COVID-19

Struggling to get pregnant can be extremely stressful at the best of times. And now we have the additional uncertainty of COVID-19 in our lives.  

With many fertility treatments unavailable, you may be feeling frustrated, angry, fearful or sad. If you were nearing a decision to stop treatment, you may even feel relief that the decision was taken out of your hands. 

Fertility & infertility

International Council on Infertility (INCIID)

The InterNational Council on Infertility Information Dissemination (INCIID – pronounced "inside") is a nonprofit organization that helps individuals and couples explore their family-building options. INCIID provides current information and immediate support regarding the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infertility and pregnancy loss, and offers guidance to those considering adoption or childfree lifestyles.

Published: June 2018
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception

Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and its possible effects on health

Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is used for the same reasons as IVF, but especially to overcome sperm problems. Essentially, ICSI follows the same process as IVF, except ICSI involves the direct injection of a single sperm into each egg to achieve fertilisation.

Video
Fertility & infertility

Investing in the earliest start to life

Presented by Professor Rob Norman, Director, The Robinson Institute, Adelaide, 2011 at the annual Louis Waller Lecture.

The lecture focused on the importance of pre-conception health, dangers to the embryo in its early stages of development, and the risk factors of obesity, smoking, environmental agents, age and occupation. Professor Norman also discussed risks and opportunities for earliest life, personal and community interventions, implications for assisted reproductive treatment units and the need for research in this area.

Professor Norman was able to visit Melbourne thanks to Your Fertility, an initiative funded through the Family Planning Grants Program of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

Published: June 2018
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception

Is ICSI better than IVF? It depends

Research shows that IVF is just as effective as the ICSI procedure, where sperm is injected directly into an egg, when there is no male infertility factor. Cumulative live birth rates in Victoria were similar for IVF and ICSI in these circumstances.

Published: January 2019
Video
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Jenny Blood: the early days of donor conception at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne

Published: June 2020
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Surrogacy, Regulation

Legislation to remove police checks passed by parliament 

Headline: Legislation to remove police checks passed by parliament 
Starting from 8 July 2020 people will no longer have to have police and child protection order checks before starting fertility treatment in Victoria after state parliament passed legislation removing the requirement. 
 
The legislation, known as the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Amendment Bill 2020, was passed by the Legislative Council on 4 June 2020 and will come into effect on 8 July 2020.
 

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