Link between depression and the contraceptive pill?

Posted on October 16, 2016

A Danish study recently published in the medical journal JAMA Psychiatry has suggested that there may be a link between depression and the oral contraceptive pill. Many women may take a study like this at face value and be understandable concerned. How was this study done? The study looked at whether women who had used … Continue reading


Posted on September 27, 2016

WHEN SHOULD YOU START THINKING ABOUT FREEZING YOUR EGGS? Answer? Now. If you’re in your mid-to-late twenties, the time to start thinking about egg freezing—crazy as it may seem–is now. Study and training, a busy social life, and climbing an exciting career ladder are things we all want and should celebrate. But modern life can … Continue reading

In Vitro Maturation: Australian and Belgian Scientists lead the way

Posted on August 30, 2016

Blog post for VARTA by Dr Raelia Lew Last week, Australian and Belgian scientists announced exciting results in the field of IVM (In Vitro Maturation of human eggs). IVM has been around for some time. The breakthrough comes from the development of culture medium containing growth factors that make IVM 50% more successful than in … Continue reading

The Zika Virus: tips for couples trying to get pregnant

Posted on August 4, 2016

Internationally, in Brazil and elsewhere, women who were infected with the Zika virus during their pregnancy have had babies born with severe birth defects. A big concern has been microcephaly, where a baby’s head and brain remain very small and fail to develop properly. Affected babies are likely to suffer severe developmental disabilities and may … Continue reading

An IVF baby at 62?

A broad array of opinions have been voiced this week – mostly condemning, of a 62 year old first time mother who delivered a baby by caesarean section in Victoria this week. Her baby was 6 weeks premature but is reportedly in a stable condition in neonatal intensive care. The Tasmanian mother, who conceived using … Continue reading