Since the first IVF baby was born some 40 years ago, more than 7 million people have been born as a result of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as IVF. Studies over the years have shown that babies born after ART are more likely to be born prematurely and to weigh less at birth, and they have a slightly greater risk of birth defects. However, by the time they become adults, research has previously shown that they are just healthy as other people.
IVF is often a last resort for women and couples who have tried for a long time to get pregnant. Of those who try IVF, only about half have a baby as a result of treatment. But new research shows that within five years of ending IVF, whether they were successful or not, about one in six women have a baby without IVF.
People don’t mind their GP popping the question: ‘Would you like to become pregnant in the next year?’
The health of people before conception and when they conceive affects the health of their pregnancy and child. That’s why it’s important for people who want to have a baby to be as heathy as possible before they start trying. People wanting to conceive should aim to be a healthy weight, not smoke, limit alcohol intake, excercise regularly, eat well and avoid some chemicals to give their baby the best start to life.
POSAA is an Australia wide support group for women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) as well as their families.
Among embryos created in a laboratory some have too many and some have too few chromosomes. This is called aneuploidy. Embryos can also have genetic defects which can cause health problems in a child. Preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) is used to select embryos with the right number of chromosomes and those that do not have defective genes. There are two types of PGT:
While the festive season can be wonderful, it can also be challenging if you’ve been trying for a baby for a while without success.
Spending time with family and friends who are pregnant or have young families can be difficult if you have been struggling to get pregnant. While we can share in other people’s joy, their success can make your waiting feel longer and more painful.
Eggsurance - false hope or sensible fertility planning?
For the 2014 Louis Waller Lecture, three eminent obstetrics and gynaecology specialists discussed the topic the pros and cons of egg freezing for social reasons.
Professor Catherine Waldby set the scene about the social context of egg freezing, while Professor Martha Hickey and Dr Devora Lieberman debated the pros and cons of social egg freezing.
If you’re planning to have a baby, quitting smoking sooner rather than later will lower your chance of having a “low birth weight” baby. And the longer you smoke during pregnancy, the greater your baby’s risk. That’s the conclusion of a large study looking at the timing of smoking cessation and the risk of low birth weight or LBW (weighing less than 2.5kg).
Study confirms 'flushing' blocked fallopian tubes can improve fertility and reduce need for IVF
Our results are an important gain for couples facing the diagnosis of infertility. from shutterstock.com
Sugary drinks can affect a woman’s chance of successful IVF treatment, according to new research.
A US study found that women who regularly drank soft drink had fewer eggs retrieved, fewer fertilised eggs and fewer good-quality embryos. And, compared to women who didn’t consume soft drink at all, the chance of having a baby was 12 per cent lower for women who drank up to one cup of soft drink per day and 16 per cent lower for those who had more than a cup per day.