Fertility

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

A piece of ovarian tissue in a petri dish.

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.

The mums suing over unplanned babies

Who should be held responsible when sterilisation doesn't prevent unwanted pregnancies?

A mother-of-five who calls her two youngest sons "miracle babies" is just one of many mums seeking financial compensation for their children's unplanned conceptions.

The fertility battle we don't talk about

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KERRI SACKVILLE “You’re nowhere near menopausal,” my doctor cheerily informed me, and my heart sank. I don’t want to live with worry about pregnancy anymore.

Many women shunning contraception

A dislike of the contraceptive pill is leading to women risking unwanted pregnancies.

Harriet Alexander and Brigid Delaney Women who underestimate their fertility are turning away from contraception, often resulting in unintended pregnancies.

When to have sex to get pregnant

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Karin Hammarberg Timing sex to coincide with your most fertile days can reduce the time it takes to conceive, and could even save you a trip to the fertility clinic.

The truth about sperm tests

One man shares his experience of undergoing sperm testing.

Justin McCabe One man shares his advice about the part potential dads-to-be need to play when a couple is seeking fertility treatment.

Pregnancy a tricky matter of timing for FIFO couples

FIFO workers often go to extreme measures when trying to start a family.

LIAM DUCEY Manipulating rosters, coordinating 'conjugal' visits, working on site with your partner; getting pregnant can prove stressful for FIFO workers.

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Why 'egg freezing parties' aren't such a crazy idea

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NEDAHL STELIO Welcome to an egg-freezing party, where women drink champagne, are educated on the science of freezing their eggs, and the offer of putting your fertility on hold is openly discussed.

Surrogacy baby abandoned by Australian parents

Gammy has Down syndrome.

LINDSAY MURDOCH Thailand's surrogacy industry has been thrown into the spotlight by the tragic case of six-month-old baby Gammy, whose Australian parents refused to take him after they discovered he had Down syndrome.

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Hold the phone: mobiles damage chance of becoming a dad

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LETITIA ROWLANDS For one in five infertile couples, the reason for the failure to conceive is male infertility. Recent studies have suggested mobile phones and cannabis use are two factors which could damage a man's chances of becoming a dad.

The invisible loss of infertility

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Melody McCabe "Infertility is an invisible loss. No one else can appreciate the depth and intensity." The words were part of advice I think every person battling to conceive should read.

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Funny Father's Day cards

A little fun never goes astray when celebrating special occasions and Father's Day is no different. We've rounded up some funny Father's day cards for your husbands, fathers and other important men in your lives.

Electronic tags may keep newborns safe

The possibility of using electronic bracelets for mothers and their newborn babies is being investigated by Adelaide's Women's and Children's Hospital. 

Baby steps: when your little one starts walking

As a parent there are so many milestones to look forward to. That first smile, first word - and, of course, that first step.

Julia Watson's new book 'Breakfast, School Run, Chemo'

Tomorrow my friend Julia launches her first book. And while we're all overjoyed, the success is tinged with sadness. You see, Julia has stage 4 bowel cancer.

How not to name twins

Call me boring, but I don't think that when it comes to choosing my twins' names is the right time to use a good pun.

Fun Sunny Life pool inflatables just for babies

The babies of 2015 will thus be thrilled to paddle their happy baby legs in these brand new flamingo and swan baby inflatables.

Baby and bulldog born on the same day are best friends

When Chicago mum Ivette Ivens saw a French bulldog puppy who had the same birthdate as her son Dilan, she "just knew it’s meant to be" and took him home. Five months later, puppy Farley and Dilan are the best of friends - as Ivens says, "I’m pretty sure Dilan thinks they’re both the same species, as they walk at the same level and are both going through the stage of chewing on everything.”

Breastfeeding basics for beginners

Here are 10 tips to help make breastfeeding successful and stress free for both you and your baby as quickly as possible.

Girl smothers baby brother with peanut butter

This mum had a big clean up job on her hands.

How to hide those under eye shadows

Pandas are the only ones who benefit from under-eye shadows. If you're not fluffy and cute, you'll just look tired.

Young mum dies after being denied pap smear

A mother has died after she was denied a pap smear because she was deemed "too young" to need it.

Birthday cakes banned at childcare centre

A childcare centre in Sydney has banned birthday cakes after parent complaints about excessive sugar and children with allergies being left out.

Triplet surprise for newlyweds

As the radiographer moved the wand over her abdomen, Shelley King got the surprise of her life.

3 yummy Thermomix baby and toddler recipes

Louise Fulton Keats shares her recipes for babies and toddlers, including corn and sweet pikelets, pumpkin and pea risotto, and cheesy bunny biscuits.

Man arrested over toddler Nikki's death

A 31-year-old man has been arrested over the death of two-year-old Nikki Francis-Coslovich in Mildura.

Adoption ban on pregnant women to be lifted

Pregnant women will no longer be barred from adoption waiting lists in NSW, after the Baird Government decided the practice was discriminatory.

Are you getting enough magnesium?

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body, but we don't talk enough about it and the vital role it plays in great health and energy, as well as disease prevention.

5 workplace lessons for new parents

Take heart in these principles that will transfer seamlessly from the workplace into your new life as a parent.

Mums to follow on Instagram

A creative outlet for many, there are some savvy women complementing their blogs and businesses with riveting Instagrams feeds. We've chosen a few which have bucketloads of appeal; there are some big time players and some smaller local ones, and they each bring their special brand of magic to the Instagram experience.

Review: The Volvo 2015 XC90 SUV has all the safety features your family needs

The new Volvo XC90 SUV's focus on keeping you safe does not come at the expense of comfort in the XC90.

Kim Kardashian reveals she may have hysterectomy

Kim Kardashian has revealed complications during pregnancy means she might have to have a hysterectomy after the birth of her second child.

Why late night snacks wreak havoc on weight loss

 Loath as you may be to admit it, chances are that at some point you have found yourself in the kitchen late at night, devouring food.

Toddler twins pretend to be asleep to fool mum

They say twins have a unique connection. If this cute clip is anything to go by, these toddler sisters like to use their special bond to try to fool their mother.

Dad bags: 10 picks for out and about

Getting out of the house is a big priority in the early years of parenthood and you need to take a well-stocked kit with you. We've chosen 10 of the best nappy bags sure to appeal to dads in style and function.

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