Infertility and the festive season – your guide to coping
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by Dr Sarah Nowoweiski
2M ago
For some, the end of the year can also symbolise another year passed without achieving their family goals. It’s common for people undergoing fertility treatment to feel overwhelmed at the thought of socialising with others while navigating these thoughts and feelings – particularly as this time of year intertwines festive traditions with social commitments involving friends, family and colleagues. Rest assured that it’s OK if you’re not feeling the festive vibe this year. While you may feel bound to your social calendar, take some pressure off by reminding yourself that these plans are not set ..read more
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What can I do differently in 2024 to fall pregnant?
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by Dr Nicole Hope
2M ago
As we enter a new year, it’s important to remind ourselves not to panic and to remain proactive when trying to have a baby. Below we discuss some of the changes you can make to optimise your fertility in 2024 and how a fertility specialist can assist you. Things you can do to improve your chances Lifestyle changes How you live can have a big impact on your fertility, and making some changes to your lifestyle can increase your likelihood of conceiving. For instance, quitting smoking and avoiding the use of recreational drugs benefits the overall reproductive health of both men and women. Other ..read more
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Preparing for Mother’s Day when undergoing fertility treatment
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by Dr Sarah Nowoweiski
10M ago
Taking time to prepare for Mother’s Day by proactively making decisions that consider your own needs versus the needs of others can alleviate some of the pressure you may feel. For instance, your usual Mother’s Day tradition may have included visiting your family or being surrounded by children. However, if you suspect this could trigger unwanted emotions this year, consider limiting your time at these events. Sticking to a planned arrival and departure time or shortening the window of time spent with your family are ways to implement this. While it’s human nature to want to ‘show up’ for othe ..read more
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World-class study sheds light on schooling outcomes of IVF children
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by Dr Amber Kennedy
1y ago
Understanding the long-term outcomes of IVF Now, more than ever, couples and individuals are using fertility treatments such as IVF to begin or expand their families. In fact, 1 in 18 babies born in Australia are now conceived using IVF (as reported in 2020).1 Practically, this represents one to two children in every classroom. Given the steady rise in IVF use throughout recent years, we must gain a deeper understanding of the long-term outcomes for these children, particularly regarding their developmental and educational milestones. Therefore, as part of my PhD research, I sought to discover ..read more
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Assisted conception for LGBTQ+ couples
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by Dr Hugo Fernandes
1y ago
For lesbian (or assigned female at birth) couples Your first step is to decide how you wish to access donor sperm. You will then need to select a method of bringing egg and sperm together, a process called insemination. Donor sperm There are two main ways of obtaining donor sperm: through a known donor or a clinic-recruited donor. Many fertility clinics maintain a sperm bank. For example, Newlife IVF has an on-site sperm bank with samples from local donors. We are also able to access donor sperm from an international sperm bank. Using clinic-recruited sperm has several advantages. There are ve ..read more
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Newlife IVF is Climate Active certified!
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by Dr Tiki Osianlis
1y ago
Our efforts to implement sustainable business practices that reduce our carbon footprint have allowed us to become members of a community of progressive organisations known as the Climate Active network. This Australian initiative represents our nation’s collective effort to measure, reduce and offset carbon emissions that contribute to global warming. What it means to be Climate Active We’re serious about sustainability and addressing climate change – so much so that we’ve become a carbon-neutral organisation. This means that we’ve calculated our carbon emissions and have taken action to remo ..read more
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Assisted conception for LGBTQI+ couples
Newlife IVF Blog
by Dr Hugo Fernandes
1y ago
For lesbian (or assigned female at birth) couples Your first step is to decide how you wish to access donor sperm. You will then need to select a method of bringing egg and sperm together, a process called insemination. Donor sperm There are two main ways of obtaining donor sperm: through a known donor or a clinic-recruited donor. Many fertility clinics maintain a sperm bank. For example, Newlife IVF has an on-site sperm bank with samples from local donors. We are also able to access donor sperm from an international sperm bank. Using clinic-recruited sperm has several advantages. There are ve ..read more
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A genetic counsellor’s guide to navigating infertility
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by Katherine Jones
1y ago
Like many people, you may wonder what a genetic counsellor does with respect to fertility care. The short answer is that we use genetic techniques to explore biological factors that contribute to infertility. We also identify genetic conditions that may be inherited (passed on from parent to child), which can potentially reduce the risk of a child being born with a known genetic condition. Read on to discover how we do this. A brief introduction to genetics Genetics is a branch of biology concerned with the study of genes, which are made up of DNA. DNA is often described as ‘the blueprint of l ..read more
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R U OK? – feeling supported during your fertility journey
Newlife IVF Blog
by Dr Sarah Nowoweiski
1y ago
It’s easy to become distracted by the hustle and bustle of daily life, to the extent that you may forget to regularly check in with your loved ones. R U OK? Day promotes awareness of the importance of community and connection for mental wellbeing. It encourages you to slow down and pay attention to the cues and behaviours of people around you who may not be in a healthy headspace. Additionally, R U OK? Day can inspire you to connect with others in a more meaningful way, building social bonds and healthy relationships. It’s OK to not feel ‘OK’ Experiencing a spectrum of emotions is part of your ..read more
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Coping with infertility on Mother’s Day
Newlife IVF Blog
by Dr Sarah Nowoweiski
1y ago
At a time when everyone around you is celebrating motherhood, it can be difficult facing the reminders of your infertility or any little ones you’ve lost too early. For women and couples who are experiencing infertility, or if someone you love is undergoing assisted reproductive treatment (ART), it can be important to think about how you will navigate this day. Be proactive Plan ahead with strategies to help you manage on the day. For some, it will be helpful to connect with family and focus on the mother figures in their lives. If this is the case, planning your usual Mother’s Day traditions ..read more
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