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We write about IVF and fertility related issues as well as other things you might find interesting. Enjoy!

Social Egg Freezing – why it isn't a 100% guarantee...

Egg freezing has been hailed as a game changer for women, an “insurance policy” to revitalise waning fertility, a breakthrough as revolutionary as the birth control pill. The reality is it doesn't come with a 100% guarantee. Make sure you understand all the risks associated with it...

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Dr Knight comments on lucrative IVF cash bonuses to Daily Telegraph

Recently, corporate IVF clinics have come under fire for blurring ethical lines. This comes following the Daily Telegraph report stating that some corporate clinics are generously rewarding their IVF practitioners for performing more than double the average number of cycles each year.

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Top 5 Apps for Fertility

There are a variety of apps available to help women with fertility issues. We at Demeter Fertility have reviewed the functionality and ease of use of a number of apps and hand-picked our top 5. All these apps are available for both Android and iPhone. 

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4 Key Tips for Staying Positive During IVF

Undergoing IVF can be a constant struggle of uncertainty and a strain on the emotional wellbeing of patients. When pregnancy doesn’t occur straight away, the waiting game can become a distressing task. It is vitally important to stay positive during the IVF process, especially when the result seems doubtful. Here are 4 key tips to help you...

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So What Is The Leading Cause of Female Infertility?

Women account for approximately 50-60% of fertility problems in Australia. There are varied reasons for infertility but one of the most common conditions that causes infertility in women is Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).  It is estimated to occur in 5 – 10% of women of childbearing age. So what is PCOS and why does it cause fertility issues?

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We Should Look at IVF More Simply

It’s important to question whether recommendations have proven benefit. There doesn’t seem to be any point doing extra things, at additional cost, effort and time, when it won’t make any difference. This approach doesn’t mean we don’t care, on the contrary, it means we care enough to discuss the truth as opposed to making empty promises. At the end of the editorial I have provided a synopsis of the evidence for additional IVF techniques, all of which come at an additional cost if used. 

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The Demeter team

Demeter Fertility continues to surprise me. I was caught off-guard from the moment I walked in the door for my interview, not expecting the personality test, the friendly chat or the hug Vanja gave me when I left.

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The marketing side

According to the Fertility Society of Australia, one in six Australian couples suffer infertility.

As a result, GPs are often the first place infertile couples will present and therefore they play a major role in ensuring that the individual(s) receive the very best fertility care from a Women’s Health Specialist.

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Hey, it's you!

As I turn around a patient is pointing at me with a big wide smile and a baby in her pram screaming, “It’s you, you did this, you made our baby”.

My eyes lit up from excitement and my heart melted as I saw the patient’s reaction towards me 12 months after she had her first baby, she remembered me!

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That 1% difference

A big HELLO from the newest member of the Demeter Fertility family!!

An IVF cycle is a little like air travel, you buy your ticket, walk
through the doors and relinquish all control to the team at the helm.

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Notice: babies in the waiting room

New mums worry, and they have a lot to worry about. After all they have just begun a long and challenging adventure.

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It’s Ramadan soon. What about my IVF treatment?

Demeter Fertility respects the opportunity for those patients who wish to observe Ramadan. This year Ramadan starts on June 18 with Eid al-Fitr on Saturday, the 18th of July. However does fasting affect your chances of conceiving during IVF, and is it worth waiting until alter Eid to start a treatment cycle? 

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How to choose; is the emphasis on pregnancy rates justified?

I read an article in the SMH the other day about IVF pregnancy rates. It was pretty on the ball, but the comments from the doctors quoted got me wondering about the reality of this issue. What’s going on is some medical politics in relation to IVF marketing and if you’re in the know, it’s easy to see the manoeuvring for position. Steve Jobs once said; “A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them."

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Moments of Bliss

I almost cried the other day.

I woke up feeling sick, sore throat and swollen glands etc. Nothing that a day in bed and hot tea wouldn’t cure. But alas, I was needed at work and so to work I must go.

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Perseverance is key

Patients undergoing fertility treatments will experience varied emotions and stresses that are often fuelled from both internal and external forces. The expectation from family, the comments from friends, and the constant visual cues now scream loudly about your fertility circumstance.

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Ooh Ahh Glenn McGrath

Have you heard the news? It's been in all those lady-gossip mags and popping up on the sports pages. Glenn McGrath and new wife, Sara Leonardi-McGrath, are expecting their first child together.

Not sure why we're writing about this? Well that's until you find out that the pregnancy is thanks to their own IVF treatment.

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Tuesday morning at the desk

So today I walked into work with a colleague. Four coffees in hand for the staff, breakfast all ready to go. There's a loud laugh coming from behind the door, leading into the rest of the offices. Vanja is in already. Sonja is already on the phone, throwing a quick smile our way to say hi. Hand over her coffee to keep her smiling! 

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A good nights sleep

If you are trying to have a baby, a good night's sleep is more important than ever. It is becoming increasingly apparent that the womb has its own "body clock” and that it needs to synchronise with the mother's body clock to ensure the best conditions for fetal growth and development. Any inability of a mother's body clock to synchronise with the womb's clock may be at least part of the reason why some women have difficulty carrying a pregnancy to full term.

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I love being an Embryologist!!!

Dear World my name is Vanja and I am your Embryologist.

My personal and professional journey of discovery took me across Australia to get me to where I am now a very proud and a bloody great embryologist.

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From reception to nursing

Hi my name is Rochelle, and I am part of the Nursing Department at Demeter Fertility. Prior to working with Demeter Fertility, I worked at several different hospitals in a variety of areas of care.

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The world of Fertility Nursing

Hi, my name is Jill and I am head nurse at Demeter Fertility. My initial beginnings as a registered nurse was not in the specialise world of fertility nursing as I was trained as a emergency nurse working in a hectic and highly charged environment that I simply loved.

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Egg Freezing

Have you been hearing all about egg freezing lately?

Apple is doing it for their employees and so are facebook. There is so much publicity now about social egg freezing! But what does it all really mean?

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Welcome to Demeter! Fertility Treatment Specialist and Sydney IVF Clinics

Hello! Welcome to the Demeter Fertility blog. We’re the new Admin staff here. Demeter was set up a few years ago, however we started only a month ago and have spent the last 4 weeks reinventing the way Demeter runs it’s customer service side of things. We’re so excited to meet you and go forward in a journey that we, and everyone at Demeter, are so passionate about.

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Accurate ways of determining chances of IVF success

Dr Knight has been providing algorithmic predictions to accurately predict the chance of a live birth after in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment for a number of years. Findings from a comparison study that

analysed the accuracy of the two most widely-used prediction models have just been published in the journal PLOS ONE, confirming Dr Knight’s use of the IVFpredict algorithm.

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Choose your own sperm or egg donor to meet the characteristics you want!

If you need donor eggs or donor sperm, then we can help you purchase these using our international partners. We can also store your donor sperm and donor eggs at Demeter Fertility, for you to use when you want to. These services are offered to heterosexual and same sex couples, as well as single women looking to conceive successfully.

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Trying to conceive? When it’s time to reconsider your options

For many couples trying to conceive, it can be a tough journey especially when it just isn’t happening naturally; it can be frustrating, stressful and upsetting for both partners. Dr Sonya Jessup from Demeter Fertility, has been through the IVF process herself, explains how to give yourself the best chance at having a baby in 2014.

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Australian First, IVF Study Hopes to Boost Fertility Rates For Older Mums

Women between the ages of 40 and 44 who have tried and failed to conceive may benefit from the addition of a growth hormone to traditional IVF therapy, according to one of Australia’s leading fertility experts, Dr David Knight.

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Dr David Knight Discusses 10 Common Fertility Myths

Demeter Fertility's Dr David Knight discusses some of the most common fertility myths that are misleading the general public's knowledge of the issue.

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No Wait on Donor Egg or Donor Sperm with Demeter Fertility

Choose your own sperm or egg donor to meet the characteristics you want!

If you need donor eggs or donor sperm, then Demeter Fertility can help you purchase these using our international partners. We can also store your donor sperm and donor eggs at Demeter Fertility, for you to use when you want to.

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Getting the right egg: Mild Ovarian Stimulation most effective IVF treatment for achieving pregnancy

There are a number of IVF protocols used by fertility specialists, each with their own pros and cons. Fertility treatment is a balance between success and patient discomfort; complications and cost. Mild Ovarian Stimulation (MOS), pioneered in Australia by Demeter Fertility’s Medical Director Dr David Knight offers patients a simpler ovarian stimulation protocol aimed at retrieving fewer oocytes (eggs) but of higher quality, thus producing better embryos and chances of pregnancy.

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Trying to conceive: Do I need to change my day-to-day life?

Infertility  affects  around  one  in  six  couples  at  a  given  point in  their  lives  and  for many  trying to conceive,  it  can  be  a tough  journey.  Dr  Sonya  Jessup  from  Demeter  Fertility,  who has  also been through  the  IVF  process  herself,  explains  how  to give  yourself  the  best  chance  of conceiving by following these simple guidelines when you are trying for a baby.

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Dispelling The Myths of IVF Treatment Costs in Australia

There is great confusion regarding the cost of IVF treatment in Australia, and treatment is typically a lot less than most people are led to believe. Dr David Knight, a leading fertility specialist and Medical Director at Demeter Fertility believes Australians are extremely lucky when it comes to availability and cost of fertility treatment. 

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Egg Freezing for Younger Women

As the average age of new mothers is increasing and many women are waiting longer to have children, egg freezing is increasing in popularity and demand. The technique is giving women past the age of 25 the opportunity to store their eggs at their current age and ultimately slow down their biological clock.

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Answers To Common IVF Questions

About one in six couples face difficulties conceiving. In women, common causes include issues with the womb, ovulation problems, poor egg quality, ovarian cysts or blocked and damaged fallopian tubes.

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Fertility Experts First To Experience Own IVF Journey

David Knight, 51, and Sonya Jessup, 43, are IVF specialists at Sydney’s Demeter Fertility, and are parents of an 11-month-old son, Samuel, conceived through IVF.

As the only known IVF specialists who have walked the path of their patients, Dr Sonya Jessup and Dr Knight understand implicitly what the process is like for couples trying to fall pregnant.

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