Michelle Duff 4:35pm "I'd never really failed a test - how could I fail this particularly manly test?"
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.
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.
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.
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.
AMY CORDEROY Fertility doctors have described their "most extraordinary case" - creating a healthy baby from sperm taken 48 hours after a man had died.
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.
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.
Roger Hart Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common female hormonal condition, affecting roughly one in 12 Australian women.
An Indian woman who discovered she had mostly male chromosomes has given birth to healthy twins.
Lisa Rapaport Coeliac disease may be at the root of some women's problems with infertility, researchers say.
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.
Lisa Rapaport Surrogate mums don't appear to suffer lasting mental health difficulties as a result of giving away the babies they delivered.
Shabnam Dastgheib A remote-controlled contraceptive chip, an "origami condom", an internal ring that can kill off HIV as well as prevent pregnancy.
JO HARTLEY Getting a diagnosis of unexplained fertility can be difficult and frustrating - but it's not all bad news.
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.
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.
Jane E Brody Sometimes medical syndromes are named long before they are fully understood. Polycystic ovarian syndrome is one such condition.
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.
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.
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.
Sarah Knapton Ice cream may be the ultimate comfort food, but a study suggests it could also help older women to have children.
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.
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.
LETITIA ROWLANDS This couple received an extreme shock as they found out theirs was a one in 70 million conception.
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.
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.
Harriet Alexander and Brigid Delaney Women who underestimate their fertility are turning away from contraception, often resulting in unintended pregnancies.
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.
Justin McCabe One man shares his advice about the part potential dads-to-be need to play when a couple is seeking fertility treatment.
LIAM DUCEY Manipulating rosters, coordinating 'conjugal' visits, working on site with your partner; getting pregnant can prove stressful for FIFO workers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jo Stanley Whether it is placebo or panacea, traditional Chinese medicine gives me a sense of being better balanced - and I believe it gave me our first baby, too. So why isn't it working this time around?
Lenny Bernstein In a study of 501 couples who were trying to conceive, the time it took for the woman to become pregnant was longest if both partners had high cholesterol in their blood.
Julia Llewellyn Smith Many women think they're past having children once they hit their early forties. But while fertility does decline as you get older, the drop is not as great as we are sometimes led to believe.
DANIELLE COLLEY While some ladies fall pregnant with at the drop of a hat, other women may require more effort. If your friend is struggling to fall pregnant, here's what - and - what not to say to support them.
Armin Brott My wife and I have been trying to have a baby for two years, and in that time, not a single person has asked how I'm doing. I'm getting really angry about being ignored, so how should I respond to well-meaning but hurtful comments?
A key compound in tomatoes could increase a man's fertility by up to 70 per cent, a study has found.
Richard Orange Hundreds of Australian women are anxiously watching international trials of the next frontier of reproductive science: womb transplants.
Melody McCabe Could you donate an egg to a couple in need? This mum of two didn't think it was for her - but as time went on, she decided she would do what it took to help strangers become parents.
LETITIA ROWLANDS Surrogate mothers help women who can't carry their own baby achieve their dreams of motherhood. But a growing number of women in the US are seeking the services of a surrogate simply because they don't like the idea of going through pregnancy and childbirth themselves.
Kellyanne Morrison After 14 years of infertility, Nicki and Tony finally became parents when Nicki's sister gave them a child. Less than a year later came a crushing blow - but Nicki's not giving up without a fight.
LETITIA ROWLANDS Lorraine Donakey thought she might never become a mum after six miscarriages. But after undergoing a new treatment which involves the use of a substance containing egg yolk, she now has a healthy baby girl.
Richard Orange A woman is on course to become the first in the world to give birth from a transplanted womb, after doctors successfully introduced an embryo into her body.
Genevieve Van Eden I have always loved children and dreamt of becoming a mother. But my life has taken a different course.
Nine women in Sweden have successfully received transplanted wombs donated from relatives and will soon try to become pregnant, the doctor in charge of the pioneering project has revealed.
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