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.
GREER BERRY One of the first things people tend to ask me when they know that we're going through fertility treatment is (in a quiet, almost apologetic voice), "So, um ... whose fault is it?"
In a new US study, nearly one per cent of young women who became pregnant claimed to have done so as virgins.
JO HARTLEY The website itself describes the project as ‘a form of self-empowerment and education’, and offers women the opportunity to buy a self exam kit.
Nicole Thomson-Pride As the average age of women giving birth trends upwards, a new group of mothers has emerged: the 'new young mums’. Nicole Thomson-Pride writes what motherhood is like for women who have babies in their early twenties.
Ellen Connolly A popular fertility test designed to tell a woman how long she has left to fall pregnant is providing inaccurate and misleading results, according to an Australian fertility expert.
Jessica Grose A new poll shows that the majority of Americans think that in an ideal world, women should start having children by age 25.
SARAH BERRY Men have biological clocks too, it turns out. But because we live in a society obsessed with male virility, it is a taboo topic.
Paul van Reyk Paul van Reyk doesn't recall wanting to have children, but has donated sperm to more than a dozen women. Some of those children call him 'Dad', while others don't. He tells his story.
Victoria Lambert The experimental treatments that today’s fertility scientists keep coming up with are astonishing - such as IVA, a new treatment for women who experience premature menopause.
Nicole Pryor A New Zealand woman has been accused of secretly injecting her husband's sperm into their maid in a bizarre Dubai court case.
A conservative Saudi Arabian cleric has said women who drive risk damaging their ovaries and bearing children with clinical problems.
CATHERINE RODIE Although it's not as common as primary infertility, it's estimated that as many as one in 10 couples experience secondary infertility.
M.J. Angel Choosing the right contraception method for many women can feel like playing hormonal Russian roulette. Contraception isn't a one-size-fits-all solution.
Natasha Wallace Female contraceptive simultaneously paralyses sperm and protects from sexually transmitted diseases.
Staff writers Mary Coustas has reason to smile again. Watch the moment she announces that she is pregnant and due in December.
Nicole Salinas I’m pregnant with my third baby. Many would read that and think ‘so what?’ but there was a dark and difficult time when I thought I would never have children of my own.
Staff writers A New York urologist dubbed "the sperm whisperer" says he's seen a dramatic rise in the number of men who are freezing their sperm for use later in life.
Actor and comedian Mary Coustas explains how her longing to be a mother ended in tragedy.
Lori Carson I'll always wonder what it might have been like to have a child, but I know that no one gets to live out all her dreams. It's tempting to wonder "what if", but I think the choices we make are probably built into who we are.
CANDICE CHUNG One UK company has started an unusual campaign to get women thinking about fertility - and it's not doing anyone any favours.
Wendy Squires There are two words for the woman who announced it was a tragedy that I was chlidless.
Michaela Fox Halle Berry recently announced she is pregnant at the age of 46, but it’s not just high profile women who are delaying motherhood – since 2001, there's been an 80 per cent increase in mums over 40 in Australia. So what's behind the trend?
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