Fertility

Why men need to shape up for pregnancy too

Belly full: men need to shape up for pregnancy too.

Paula Goodyer 8:09am What does a would-be father's waistline have to do with the health of his future children?  

Dad orders surrogate mother to abort baby

Commercial surrogacy is legal in many US states.

LETITIA ROWLANDS A man who is paying a surrogate mother to carry his child has demanded the woman abort a baby, or face financial ruin, after learning she is pregnant with triplets.

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Kate Walsh: 'I can't have kids'

Kate Walsh in Grey's Anatomy.

Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh has revealed she is unable to have children because she has experienced early menopause.

The baby whose father is his unborn uncle

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LETITIA ROWLANDS A US man has learnt that his unborn twin brother is actually the biological father of his own baby son.

How a cancer survivor became a mum of two in two weeks

Elizabeth Edsall Kromm and her husband Jon with their daughters Amelia 'Millie' (left), and Caroline 'Linny'.

Janene Holzberg "We were both joyous, but also a little freaked out. It seemed so incredibly random. We were beyond dumbfounded."

Scientists identify potential birth control 'pill' for men

Scientists are hopeful of developing a birth control pill for men.

Karen Kaplan Two drugs that help suppress the immune system in organ transplant patients may have a future as the long-sought birth control "pill" for men, new research suggests.

Obese men have fertility issues, too

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AAP Obese men are much more likely to be infertile than their healthier counterparts.

Compensation claims for failed vasectomies rejected

Four women who attempted to sue doctors over failed vasectomies had their claims rejected.

Hamish McNeilly Four New Zealand women tried to claim compensation after becoming pregnant when their partners' vasectomies failed.

Endometriosis sufferer Mel Greig looks to surrogate to have baby

Mel Greig with former 2Day FM co-host, Michael Christian.

SARAH BERRY Former radio host hopes speaking out about condition will help people to discuss it and to seek help.

'I had a hysterectomy at 20'

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Laura Thomas Now I know just how important it is for people to know that endometriosis does need to be talked about and stories need to be shared.

Woman gives birth after having her own mother's uterus transplanted

'It's everything that I hoped for and a little bit more': the new mum, who is remaining anonymous, couldn't be happier.

LETITIA ROWLANDS In a world first, a healthy baby has been born from the same womb that nurtured his own mother.

Twin makes sister's dream come true

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Letitia Rowlands They say twins have a special bond, and that could not be more true for Dawn Ardolino Policastro and her sister Allison Ardolino Dinkelacker.

'Elderly' mums faring better than you might expect: top IVF doctor

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JULIA MEDEW They are called elderly primiparae: women who fall pregnant for the first time over the age of 35.

What's your magic number? Scientists predict when you should start a family

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AMY CORDEROY Scientists have calculated at exactly what age you need to start trying to get pregnant to have the best chance of realising your dream. 

Should fertility checks become the norm?

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JO HARTLEY A new clinic claims to offer an expert one-stop fertility check. But is it really helpful?

IVF gender selection being considered for Australian parents

New guidelines are being drafted in response to a shift in community sentiment regarding IVF.

HARRIET ALEXANDER Couples using IVF may be able to choose the gender of their babies and women could be financially compensated for donating their eggs.

Yes, you can get pregnant before your period returns post-baby

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EVELYN LEWIN After giving birth, the last thing you want to think about is contraception. But you can get pregnant before your period comes back.

Gadgets

iSperm: the iPad home fertility test for men

Pig farm owner Sam Wang demonstrates how to use an iSperm kit in Yunlin, central Taiwan.

Michael Gold A new gadget uses a tiny microscope and the camera on an iPad to calculate sperm count and motility.

Woman falls pregnant three times using 'permanent' birth control

Olivia won a court case after her Essure contraception device failed, leaving her with pregnancies and health issues.

HARRIET ALEXANDER A growing number of women want a controversial method of permanent birth control removed from the market.

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Why one expert says young men need to freeze their sperm

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JO HARTLEY We often read about women being advised to put their eggs on ice - but is it time men started the doing the same with their sperm?

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One of the biggest controversies in reproductive medicine: natural killer cells

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Clare Sibthorpe Leigh Travers endured a six-year long struggle of seven heartbreaking miscarriages and $25,000 in IVF treatment before the successful birth of daughter Ava.

Uterine fibroids and fertility: the facts

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Brooke Tasovac Uterine fibroids can affect fertility, but with treatment it's possible to conceive and carry a baby.

Endometriosis can increase risks in pregnancy, study finds

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Margaret Scheikowski It's long been known that women with endometriosis have difficulties getting pregnant.

Woman has baby from ovary tissue frozen as a teen

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AAP In a world first, a woman has given birth after surgeons implanted ovarian tissue that had been removed when she was a child.

Secondary infertility sucks too

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Louise Wedgwood Having produced a child is no guarantee someone can do it twice. In fact, around 10 per cent of the mums you may know have been struggling to have another child for more than a year.

Starting a family despite a low sperm count

Craig Berry and Andrea Donovan with their daughters Amelia and Harper.

Michelle Duff "I'd never really failed a test - how could I fail this particularly manly test?"

The pain of not having babies and not knowing why

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Sian Roguski After seven years of wishing, hoping, crying, punching pillows and shouting "why me?!", the end result is more than I ever thought possible.

Twins' paternity case leads to very unexpected results

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Benjamin Mueller A mother was applying for government assistance when she made the claim that one man was responsible for her twins. She was wrong.

Sofia Vergara speaks out over embryo custody battle with ex-boyfriend

Nick Loeb and Sofia Vergara at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2013.

Michael Thurston TV star Sofia Vergara has broken her silence about a legal battle with her ex-boyfriend over frozen embryos they conceived while still a couple, in a case raising thorny ethical questions.

Fertility clinic offers egg donors $5000

A breakdown of the $5,000 figure paid to egg donors includes costs linked to consultations, counselling, transport to the hospital, time off work and follow-up visits.

Craig Butt, Health Reporter A national chain of fertility clinics is offering egg donors a $5000 payment to cover their expenses, a first for Australia which is raising concerns the money could act as an inducement.

Healthy baby from sperm taken 48 hours after a man died

The previous longest time recorded for sperm taken posthumously that produced a healthy baby was 30 hours.

AMY CORDEROY Fertility doctors have described their "most extraordinary case" - creating a healthy baby from sperm taken 48 hours after a man had died.

Single man Kyle Casson uses mother as pregnancy surrogate

Kyle Casson spoke about his battle to become a single father on UK television in 2012.

Cristina Odone A mother has helped her 24-year-old son become a father by being a surrogate for a baby conceived using her son's sperm and a donor egg.

Sperm donor fights for rights as father

Kerrie Hancox, George Deka and daughters Clare and Ella.

LETITIA ROWLANDS George Deka, Kerrie Hancox and their two daughters may seem like a conventional family of four. However their story is actually so modern that the nation's legal system is yet to catch up with them. 

Polycystic ovary syndrome: symptoms, treatment and your fertility

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Roger Hart Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common female hormonal condition, affecting roughly one in 12 Australian women.

'Rarest of rare cases': intersex woman has twins

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An Indian woman who discovered she had mostly male chromosomes has given birth to healthy twins.

Coeliac disease may explain some fertility problems: study

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Lisa Rapaport Coeliac disease may be at the root of some women's problems with infertility, researchers say.

Jaime King reveals her struggle to become a mum

Jaime King on the red carpet, and clowning around with son James at home.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Actress Jaime King has spoken candidly about her battle to become a mum, revealing she struggled to fall pregnant, suffered many losses, and was in constant pain.

How do surrogate mothers cope post-birth?

Years after the event, the majority of surrogates still felt very positive about the surrogacy.

Lisa Rapaport Surrogate mums don't appear to suffer lasting mental health difficulties as a result of giving away the babies they delivered.

Five contraceptives of the future

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Shabnam Dastgheib A remote-controlled contraceptive chip, an "origami condom", an internal ring that can kill off HIV as well as prevent pregnancy.

Why a diagnosis of unexplained infertility isn't all bad news

Getting a diagnosis of unexplained fertility can be difficult and frustrating - but it's not all bad news.

JO HARTLEY Getting a diagnosis of unexplained fertility can be difficult and frustrating - but it's not all bad news.

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Stop freaking out about having babies in your early 30s

Unsurprisingly, there is no magic age limit for pregnancy that applies to all women.

Jenna Healey Surprisingly little is known about the exact decline of fertility with age, as there is no magic age limit for pregnancy that applies to all women.

Long-term reversible male contraceptive on its way

Vaselgel is a long-term contraceptive solution which can be reversed.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Men could soon have access to an injectable long-term contraceptive which works in a similar way to a vasectomy but promises to be easily reversed.

An infertility issue that is little understood

PCOS is a common cause of infertility.

Jane E Brody Sometimes medical syndromes are named long before they are fully understood. Polycystic ovarian syndrome is one such condition.

I paid $50,000 to have a girl

Natural selection: Jayne Cornwill with daughter Emmerson.

Jayne Cornwill This time my husband and I hadn't taken any chances. We had paid $50,000 and travelled 13,000 kilometres to make sure the baby growing inside me was female.

The mum who fell in love with her sperm donor

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Not many couples can say they had a baby together before they even met, but that's the truth for Aminah Hart and her partner Scott Anderson.

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The family who'll have five babies under 14 months

Julie Grygla and her sons Abraham, Brady and Christian.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Julie Grygla wasn't sure she wanted to have children. Now the US woman and her husband Dave are set to become parents to five babies under the age of 14 months.

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Dairy can help older women fall pregnant: study

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Sarah Knapton Ice cream may be the ultimate comfort food, but a study suggests it could also help older women to have children.

Facebook and Apple offer to pay female staff to freeze their eggs

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JO HARTLEY Facebook and Apple are hoping to provide women with the freedom to build their careers without the added pressure of having children at or by a certain age.

Woman sues after having a mixed-race baby

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Meredith Rodriguez A US woman is suing a sperm bank after it sent her vials from African-American man, instead of the white donor she had selected.

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The Gardner quadruplets: a one in 70 million pregnancy

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LETITIA ROWLANDS This couple received an extreme shock as they found out theirs was a one in 70 million conception.

Forums

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Wondersuit heaven: Bonds & Disney launch exclusive collection

Bonds and Disney fans with babies to buy for will be celebrating this news. Bonds and Disney have just released collaboration Wondersuits.

Town welcomes first baby in 28 years

Since the 1980s, the Italian town of Ostana had not seen the birth of a single baby.

Great-great-grandma delivers great grandchild in her own home

''I've delivered calves, lambs, dogs and cats, but nothing like this.'' This 'Super Gran' calmly peeled the amniotic sac over her great-grandson's head before discovering the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck ... twice.

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The emotional moment a mum hears her late son's heartbeat

It's been two and a half years since Heather Clark's seven-month-old son Lukas passed away.

Nine reasons why you have 'brain fog'

One minute your productivity is skyrocketing and the next you're sitting there trying to focus – just like that you draw blank, your brain, mush.

I had a caesarean and it was beautiful

Guess what? Despite not pushing him out, I cried, and my heart skipped, and I felt the rush of love and pride when I saw him for the first time.

Microcephaly still a mysterious condition around the world

For parents, having a child with microcephaly can mean a life of uncertainty.

7 baby firsts you won't see on milestone charts

Here are a few 'other' baby firsts you may not have been expecting, but you'll want to be ready for.

Why it's important to vaccinate on time

My son was born on the 1 July 2014. It's a fabulous birthday, don't you think? Not only does the first of July ring in a new financial year, but it also means we've hit the year's half way mark.

Naturopath treatment allegedly left baby "days from death"

A naturopath whose treatment of a baby boy allegedly led to the infant being severely ill has pleaded not guilty to charges against her. 

Andy Murray's emotional speech to pregnant wife after Australian Open

A teary-eyed Andy Murray promised pregnant wife Kim he'd be on the next plane home after his turbulent two weeks at the Australian Open came to an end.

This toddler and his duck BFF will melt your heart

A small boy in the US has struck up a quacking good friendship with an unlikely companion ... his pet duck. 

Great news for coffee drinkers - caffeine is good for your heart

Researchers have found that, contrary to prior belief, caffeine does not cause health-threatening heart palpitations.

I always wanted children - but I've found other ways to be maternal

I've always been one of the most maternal women I know.

When only one parent wants to know the gender

For some couples you either both want to know the gender of your unborn baby, or you don't. For others, it's not that simple.

'No jab no play' could hurt disadvantaged children, experts fear

Tough new "no jab no play" laws could hurt children who have not been immunised due to family dysfunction, poverty, or poor access to medical support, experts warn.

Zika virus: Airlines offer refunds to pregnant women

Airlines and cruise companies across the world are offering refunds or travel credits to pregnant women who are scheduled to visit countries struck by the devastating Zika virus.

#meditateonthis: Mums fight back against PND ignorance

Not all women will require medication, but many will. And there isn't and shouldn't be any shame in that.

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