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...
It's 40 years since the successful birth of the first IVF baby, Louise Brown. Since it's introduction, refinements in laboratory technology and clinical practice have allowed IVF to evolve into a medical procedure that is efficient, safe, readily accessible, and relatively affordable.
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.
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...
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?
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.
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.
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!
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?
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."
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.