Dr. Karen Buckingham, a gynaecologist and fertility specialist at Repromed, is an expert in reproductive medicine. As with all the doctors on our team, Dr. Buckingham provides personalised care to clients through their fertility journey. We asked her advice on some of the most common questions we receive about healthy fertility so you can optimise your health this season.
The end of each year always invites reflection, and as I look back at the past 12 months at Repromed, I couldn’t be prouder of our team. 2017 marked Repromed’s 10th birthday, and as our first-ever IVF baby cut the cake at our celebration, I was reminded of the honour that it is to support New Zealand families on their fertility journey. Our team is extremely focused on setting the highest standards in fertility care and this year saw significant developments in treatment options.
2017 is winding down, and we’re ushering in the Christmas season, a time focused on children, families and birth, followed by the New Year, when people review the year gone by and set goals for the future. This season certainly comes with challenges if you are trying to get pregnant and navigate your way through fertility waiting lists and treatment options. It’s important to stay grounded at this time of year, so here are a few thoughts and ideas from Repromed Counsellor Helen Nicholson to consider over the next few months.
I feel so lucky to be able to be involved in creating a family’s life journey. I just love it, it’s truly amazing and deeply satisfying. Working on the donor sperm programme is particularly rewarding, it gives same sex couples and single women the opportunity to conceive, people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to have a baby of their own. The relationships I build with the donors and the recipients is really special and so rewarding for me as I get to support them through the journey they are on. Every day I get a buzz from the amazing thought – this client is now pregnant and that is the direct result of what we have done for them. And a year later they bring in their beautiful babies into the clinic to show them off, and every single time it blows me away. It’s an honour. Continue reading
This week a new study was presented at an international medical conference in Texas and presented findings from multiple clinics that further strengthened the benefits about Pre-Implantation Genetic Screening (PGS) with Next Generational Sequencing (NGS). This is the first well designed study that gives robust evidence that PGS with NGS genetic screening is beneficial, and defines who it is beneficial for: 35-40 women and women with recurrent pregnancy loss. In this study, 50% reached ongoing pregnancy at 20 weeks versus 37% that did not use PGS / NGS technology. Repromed was the first in NZ to launch this new genetic screening technology (PGS with NGS) and is the first to offer this service locally in conjunction with Auckland University laboratory. Continue reading
My pregnancy journey has been quite long and pretty hard. After all that we have been through, we can hardly believe we’re 24 weeks pregnant with a healthy baby. We were the first in New Zealand to use new genetic screening technology at Repromed – Pre-implantation Genetic Screening (PGS) with Next Generation Sequencing (NGS).
It’s our 10th birthday!
In 2007 Repromed opened its doors with the goal of offering truly patient friendly IVF, watch this video to see Medical Director Guy Gudex share all the firsts we have achieved. Thank you to all our lovely clients for choosing us to be part of their story.
“Time is like a river, you cannot touch the same water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again”
This quote is really true for me. At age 33, the serious relationship I was in ended and I found myself single, starting again to search for “Mr Right”. At the time I didn’t feel that worried, I thought I had plenty of time. But having kids has always been really important to me so I was curious about my fertility.
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By Helen Nicholson, Repromed Counsellor
Father’s Day can be a painful reminder of your journey through fertility uncertainty so make some time to talk together with your partner about how you both want to manage the day.
The tricky thing about planning a career in technology or science, is it may not even exist when you are at school. For me this was true of IVF.
As a child I dreamed of being a Vet. I was crazy about breeding and rearing animals – chickens, fish, turtles, rabbits, sheep, horses, ostriches – you name it! It wasn’t until my first year at Massey University that I became aware of the first test-tube baby Louise Brown who was about to start school. My A-HA moment in life came when I was on a farm visit where some goat embryo transfers were being carried out. Looking down the microscope at the dish of embryos, I was absolutely captivated by their beauty and potential to create life. Fast forward thirty years and I still get that same thrill when I handle these precious bundles of cells, filled with so much hope.
My husband and I tried to start our family pretty soon after we were married. We never thought there would be any problems with getting pregnant. We just assumed starting out that everything would be fine. But it wasn’t. I think because I work in the medical industry I started to get a little bit worried that something could be wrong, and after about 6 months of trying to get pregnant without any luck we decided to get help.
I was a professional rugby player throughout my 20’s and 30’s so had put off settling down and starting a family. I was 38 when my wife and I married so we knew we we’re starting a little late in the piece and didn’t want to muck around.
Repromed Counsellor, Helen Nicholson, has spent over 10 years counselling clients going through fertility treatment. She offers her top 5 tips for preparing emotionally for IVF.
I had always thought about being an egg donor. It probably sounds a bit funny but even as a teenager, and well before I was a Mum, I liked the idea of being a donor to help someone have a baby.
I have a really close friend who had been going through IVF for some time and they were having trouble. She was really open with me about what she was going through, and from the beginning I made it clear to her and her husband that if they needed an egg or surrogate at any point, I would love to help. After they had been through four IVF cycles they were at the point where it was their last chance to try and get pregnant. They decided to take me up on my offer of egg donation.