Fertility Week begins today (1-7 September). Designed to coincide with the first week of spring (think fertility, babies and so on), this year’s campaign focuses on the impact that being overweight or obese can have on a person’s ability to conceive and have a healthy pregnancy and baby.
ABC's Four Corner's program on 30 May started a conversation that we have to have. Having your first baby after the age of 35 is not what nature intended. IVF technology is no silver bullet against female age related infertility.
This guidance has been produced by the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) as part of a national Youth Cancer Networks Program project funded by the Australian Government.
The guidance provides evidence-based recommendations and ‘good practice points’ to assist health professionals in effectively and fully discussing with their AYA patients and their families:
This brochure aims to help guide people through the process of finding a surrogate within Australia. It includes material on: what makes an ideal surrogate, asking someone you know, finding a surrogate you don’t know, and possible questions to ask a potential surrogate. It can be used as a guide to ensure that all parties are informed and prepared and that there’s a positive outcome for all.
Finding an egg donor can seem impossible. Many wonder, where do I begin? Who could I possibly ask? In fact, many women in Victoria are willing and happy to help others to become parents via donation. In the past year, over 220 women donated eggs in Victoria. Finding a local donor rather than travelling overseas for treatment can have enormous advantages. A local donor has the benefit of legal protections that ensure that she can be known to your potential child, and to you, and is perhaps more likely to have a similar value set, appearance and language to your own.
Listen to Narelle talk about being a teenager and finding out she was donor-conceived.
Dinah finds out she's pregnant after four years of IVF treatment.
Dinah and Ben's IVF treatment lasted four years until Dinah finally gave birth to their daughter Tallulah in 2010. In listening to this podcast series please bear in mind that Dinah and Ben's experience is not universal, it is their story. This podcast series is not intended to replace or replicate medical advice.
There are many opportunities in Victoria for people to find local egg or embryo donors. There are also people in the state who have eggs or embryos in storage who would like to find a person or couple to whom they would feel comfortable donating.
Studies show that a healthy diet can improve fertility and pregnancy health. But what does a healthy diet look like? Here are some hints from a recently published summary of studies looking at the effects of diet on female and male fertility.
- The number of IVF treatment cycles using a patient's own (thawed) frozen eggs - frozen for social or medical reasons - more than doubles in two years in Victoria
- Victorian ICSI use declines, but still well above the national average
- Sperm donor numbers increase but clinics remain unable to meet demand