Posted on 27 September 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 30 August 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 4 August 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

Does caffeine affect fertility?

Posted on 25 July 2016

Chocolate, cappuccinos, tea, tiramisu… a lot of us love our daily caffeine fix! But how does caffeine affect fertility and is it safe for pregnancy? In Melbourne, the home of great coffee, a daily strong latte is pretty much the norm. The average woman consumes 100mg of caffeine each day, with the top 10% of … Continue reading