In the 25 years that I have been involved in IVF in New Zealand, we have seen a doubling in the chances of becoming pregnant. That’s huge. Innovations in embryo care and selection techniques enables us to replace an embryo with one that has a higher chance of success. This reduces the emotional and physical toll for our clients. In fact, better embryo selection has led to a huge reduction in multiple pregnancy rates. New Zealand and Australia have led the world in achieving a higher single embryo transfer rate. This is a significant achievement for a small country like ours.
If you’re planning on getting pregnant this year, this is a good time to stop and take check of where things are at with your body and your health. It’s also helpful to be aware of how much your lifestyle influences or affects your fertility chances.
My wife and I have been together for 8 1/2 years and have wanted to have a baby for a very long time. I have wanted to be a mother since I was 3 years old! Being a same sex couple we had been looking for a donor ourselves, but as I am part Maori, it was a little more complicated- we wanted our child to share our whakapapa.
I always had a feeling something wasn’t quite right, it was just this strange feeling that I would have problems, a sixth sense I guess. There was no real reason for it.
We had been trying to conceive for over 6 months without success and decided to get some tests done. We were getting older, I was 36 at the time, and rather than waste another 6 months I rang my Doctor and made an appointment. The tests weren’t good. It basically looked like I had no eggs left and I was going into early menopause. What a bombshell.
Is there a link between mobile phone use and sperm health?
Perhaps no piece of technology in the world today has become more popular and readily available than the smartphone. According to Research NZ, in 2015, some 70 per cent of New Zealanders owned or had access to a mobile phone, which is up from the 48 per cent recorded in 2013. In fact, the jump in mobile phone ownership has risen by 46 per cent in just three years, easily making it New Zealand’s most favourite device, more so than laptops and tablets.
Most people considering IVF for the first time undoubtedly have a number of questions about what the procedure entails. Read on to learn the answers to a few of the most common questions.
The recent spread of the Zika virus has been hard to miss due to its significant presence on major news outlets and the general concerns it has been causing across Latin America. However, partly as a result of the attention the virus has received in the news, it can be difficult to understand what exactly we know about it and how it can affect us.
It’s a fact that women in New Zealand are starting to have children later in their lives than in previous years. What hasn’t changed however, is the fact that women’s fertility declines as they age. While social reasons aren’t the only possible cause for pursuing egg freezing, they are becoming more common motivators as women increasingly find themselves ready to have a family later in life.
Thanks to recent advances in medical science, couples undergoing IVF now have a number of additional options available to increase their chances of a successful outcome. One of these options involves the use of EmbryoGlue, which is a special solution used to transfer embryos during the final stage of IVF treatment.
Thanks to the advances of science, those undertaking IVF treatment are able to check whether or not an embryo is chromosomally normal before being placed in the uterus. This technique is called Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS also known as PGT-A) – let’s take a look at just what this method involves.
When you’re trying to conceive, be it through IVF or naturally, it goes without saying that you’ll want to give yourself the very best chance of success. The chances of success in each treatment cycle, is very much dependent on the patient’s own set of personal characteristics such as cause of subfertility, reproductive history, lifestyle factors and most of all the woman’s age. However there is still a great deal that you can change regarding your lifestyle to better improve your chances.