Opposition Leader Tony Abbott will be judged on his long-held views on abortion and IVF access despite his chief-of-staff going public about his support for her IVF attempts, says Attoney-General Nicola Roxon.
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A CONTROVERSIAL treatment for couples wanting to conceive with IVF needs to be properly debated in Australia, a fertility expert says.
WOMEN who become pregnant after IVF have an increased risk of pulmonary embolism (PE) and venous thromboembolism (VTE), compared to those who conceived naturally, particularly during the first trimester, a study has found.
THE TGA has warned consumers against buying pills marketed as natural products that actually contain banned substances and prescription medicines.
AUSTRALIA'S first pregnancy using frozen ovarian tissue may pave the way for fertility preservation among other female cancer survivors, an expert says.
The prevalence of major birth defects in babies conceived through assisted reproductive technology (ART) has plunged since the mid-90s, according to a Western Australian study.
A team of 10 surgeons in Sweden have completed the world’s first mother-to-daughter uterus transplants in two women.
COUPLES with fertility problems who remain childless have a good chance of having a similar quality of life to those who manage to have kids, according to a study.
A HUSBAND and wife GP team who served their regional NSW community for their entire professional careers have been named among the 2012 Queen’s birthday list of honourees, both receiving Medals (OAM) in the General Division.
FREEZING embryos significantly decreases the risk of birth defects in assisted reproductive technologies (ART), Australian research shows.
AN IVF specialist fighting a $10 million “wrongful birth” lawsuit over a boy born with a rare condition would have received extensive legal advice suggesting he was not at fault, a medico-legal expert said today.
RESEARCHERS are calling for more studies into the long-term effects of IVF after a study revealed women undergoing ovarian stimulation for IVF have a twofold increased risk of ovarian malignancies. The cohort study from the Netherlands is the first to compare a range of ovarian cancer outcomes in a group of IVF patients against a group of subfertile women who have not had IVF. The study involved more than 19,000 women who received at least one IVF treatment with ovarian stimulation between 1983 and 1995 and 6000 untreated women. ...
A RISE in patients inquiring about surrogacy has prompted the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) to issue its first statement on the subject.
A TEST designed to spot chromosome abnormalities in oocytes could herald a "revolution" in fertility treatments, doctors say. But in developing the test, they found worrying evidence that in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) may boost the risk of Down syndrome. A proof-of-concept study on the test, which involved the eggs of 34 women with an average age of 40 years, was presented at the annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) in Stockholm. The test entails counting the sets of chromosomes in oocytes at stages of meiosis, using array comparative genomic ...
A HEALTHY uterus is more important than egg quality in allowing women to deliver babies of normal weight after IVF, new research shows. The US study compared average birth weight and gestational duration for over 70,000 single births resulting from 300,000 IVF cycles over a three-year period. While egg quality was associated with the ability to achieve pregnancy, women diagnosed with uterine abnormalities including fibroids, or with infertility, had babies with the lowest birth weights and gestational ages. Male infertility was found not to affect birth weight or gestational age. Lead author Dr ...
WOMEN with IVF pregnancies that involve donor oocytes are more likely to experience gestational hypertension and pre-eclampsia than women who use their own eggs. In a retrospective matched cohort study, US researchers looked at the incidence of these conditions in 158 pregnancies from donor or autologous oocytes. Gestational hypertension occurred in 25%, and pre-eclampsia in 17% of donor oocyte pregnancies, four times more frequent than in autologous oocyte pregnancies. Subsequent analysis showed that frozen embryos resulted in five times higher rates of both conditions. The authors suggested that one way donor oocytes might trigger pre-eclampsia was ...
Europe is considering tightening access to fertility treatment if applicants don’t make healthy lifestyle changes. Lynnette Hoffman asks if Australia should follow suit.
WOMEN who conceive after IVF or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) are four times more likely to have a stillbirth than women who conceive naturally, new research shows.
• WARNING ON BIRTH DEFECT RISK IN IVF THE UK’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has issued a warning that children born as a result of IVF may have a higher risk of birth defects. According to BBC News , the government’s fertility watchdog updated its advice after a study conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found babies conceived through IVF were up to 30% more likely to have abnormalities. These included heart valve defects, cleft lip and palate, and digestive system abnormalities. The new guidance stipulates that doctors must ...
WOMEN who experience anxiety and depression before or during treatment for infertility can be reassured that their mood state will not affect their chance of a successful pregnancy. Dutch researchers assessed anxiety and depression at baseline and before oocyte retrieval in 783 women undergoing their first IVF or intracytoplasmic sperm injection. They found levels of anxiety and depression before and during IVF treatment, or the anxiety difference from pre-treatment to oocyte retrieval, did not differ between pregnant and non-pregnant women. Ongoing pregnancy or cancellation rates were not affected by anxiety and depression when adjusted for potential ...
CHILDREN conceived by IVF are more likely to display some behavioural problems by the age of 18 years, a small study has found. The researchers compared 26 IVF families with 38 adoptive families and 63 families in which children were naturally conceived. More IVF teens had conduct problems, including physical aggression, leading to suspension or expulsion from school, researcher Lucy Blake from the University of Cambridge told the Fertility Society of Australia congress in Brisbane last week. However, she cautioned that the numbers were small, and that overall the IVF children were well adjusted.