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Through IVF Australia’s blog authored by our specialist and scientific team, you can read about the latest medical science available through IVF Australia, understand our opinion on new developments and breakthroughs in the field of reproductive health, and learn how we’re striving to improve patient care.

Official media releases are also available through our Latest News section.

Our blog also has contributors from IVF Australia’s partner clinics, Melbourne IVF and Queensland Fertility Group.

Mediterranean diet – can it influence IVF results?

UK scientists will examine the effects of a Mediterranean diet rich in omega-3 fish oil and vitamin D on fertility for women and couples undergoing In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF).

Common sense would suggest that preconception

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There’s a sperm donor shortage in Australia – but only 20% of men know about it

The leading fertility clinics in the Virtus Health group, including IVF Australia, Melbourne IVF and Queensland Fertility Group, have joined forces to research sperm donation in Australia

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Children of IVF parents as healthy as those conceived spontaneously

In 2007 a local Melbourne paediatrician approached me curious about whether girls conceived through In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) and other Assisted Reproductive Treatments (ART) enter puberty earlier than those conceived spontaneously.

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Sperm Donation: Giving the gift of life

The recent SBS Insights Program is to be congratulated for exploring the complex issue of sperm donation in Australia. ”Insights” presented various aspects of this emotional, sensitive and often misunderstood path of creating a family.

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Post mortem sperm retrieval – a matter of life and death

Further to his interview on Channel 9’s 60 minutes programme, Dr Ben Kroon of Queensland Fertility Group discusses the topic of post mortem sperm retrieval.

Thankfully for the vast majority of people, post mortem sperm retrieval will never become a reality.

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Egg Freezing - No insurance policy, but is it better than doing nothing?

This week’s Australian Bureau of Statistics announcement that the average age of mothers is 30.7 with the number of teenage mothers the lowest in a decade and the number of over 40 year old mothers increasing raises the issue of how to protect and preserve a woman’s fertility.

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Snapshot of Fertility in Australia

There have been a number of happy and high profile stories in the press recently about older celebrities giving birth to healthy children. Stories like this used to be extraordinary, but they certainly seem to be on the increase.

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Behind the headlines – 'Three-person IVF'

Last week there was worldwide press coverage about a decision taken by the UK government to support three-person IVF.  The decision will see the UK government produce draft regulations later this year, with the procedure potentially being offered within two years.

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Embryoscope: the latest in early stage embryo development

Investigations into the early development of embryos using time-lapse photography are helping to predict which patterns of embryo development are associated with the best outcomes for patients.

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Natural Killer Cells : an emerging possibility

Last year, at The Fertility Society of Australia’s annual conference in Auckland,  I presented some research into one of the currently controversial areas of reproductive medicine – the role of natural killer cells in pregnancy. 

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