Conception

Can't keep up with sperm donor demand

Happy babies: The most common request for those seeking sperm donors? That the donor be kind.

Clinics are struggling to keep up with demand as increasing numbers of professional single women turn to them to have a child.

When infertility is a mystery

In vitro fertilisation is often the solution to many couples' conception problems, but it can bring many challenges of its own.

Despite years of tests and procedures, we still don't know why we couldn't conceive naturally.

Grieving for an imagined future

GRIEF: The loss of a child is still felt decades later.

Miscarriage is slowly entering the public discourse with mainstream media beginning to feature accounts of the experience.

Twins' paternity case leads to very unexpected results

It was a tangled web of love and biology that gave rise to what the journal called a precedent-setting ruling, one of only a few of such cases across the country.

A mother was applying for government assistance when she made the claim that one man was responsible for her twins.

Failing the 'most manly' of tests

Craig Berry and Andrea Donovan with daughters Amelia and Harper.

Male infertility is nothing to be embarrassed about.

My endometriosis struggle

Anna Pollitt has suffered from endometriosis since she was 19.

Endometriosis is something a lot won't talk about simply because it involves periods. But it needs to be talked about so the suffering can reduce.

Confessions of a 'defective' man

Craig Berry and "the wife", Andrea Donovan, with daughters Amelia and Harper.

When Craig Berry and his wife started trying for babies, he made an unwelcome discovery.

I gave birth to my brother’s baby

Melissa Castro Wyatt and her brother, in one of the few photos before they were separated.

"Golly, it sounds like shopping at Amazon," my biological mother said once, in the middle of our agonising sperm hunt.

Sofia Vergara speaks out over embryo custody battle with ex-boyfriend

Sofia Vergara

TV star Sofia Vergara has broken her silence about a legal battle with her ex-boyfriend over frozen embryos.

Kim K: Baby making’s exhausting!

Kim Kardashian has revealed she and her husband Kanye West have been having non-stop sex in an effort to conceive their second child.

Kim Kardashian has revealed that trying for a second baby is "exhausting".

Fertility clinic offers women $5000

A breakdown of the $5,000 figure paid to egg donors includes costs linked to consultations, counselling, transport to the hospital, time off work and follow-up visits.

An Australian chain of fertility clinics is offering $5000 to cover the expenses of egg donors.

Why your 12 week baby scan is so old hat

The technology allows medics and parents to watch the cell dividing. Pictured is the cell division of now nine-month-old Pixie.

It's now all about the moment of conception.

When sperm bank donations go wrong

A couple are suing a fertility clinic   for providing false details of a sperm donor.

When you think the biological father of your child is a highly educated PhD student with an "impressive health history", but in actual fact...

You can have my eggs, but...

Carla Pincombe, 35, with her three children Aurora, Saskia and Reverie.

Carla Pincombe will consider donating her eggs to just about anyone wanting a baby. But there is one condition.

Dads' smoking before conception increases asthma risk

The study authors found that a child's risk of developing asthma was greater if their father smoked before he was 15 years of age, and that risk increased with the number of years he had been lighting up.

Fathers who smoke are more likely to have children with asthma even if they quit the habit before their baby is conceived, according to new research.

Elton John calls for boycott over IVF comments

Elton John [at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscars Viewing Party]: "The boys stop by for a visit in the sweetest little black tie dinner suits. They are so happy to see Uncle Neil on the big screen!!@Ejaf #Oscars"

Sir Elton John has called for a boycott of Italian fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana after the designers labelled children born through IVF "synthetic".

Chinese parents shun Year of the Sheep

A woman takes a selfie in front of a multi coloured sheep installation displayed in a shopping mall for the Chinese New Year celebrations in Hong Kong on February 18, 2015.  The Chinese Lunar New Year of the Sheep begins on February 19.  AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez

Chinese couples having a baby over the next 12 months can expect to enjoy a bit more room to themselves in the country's maternity wards.

Mum wants to become pregnant with dead daughter's baby

A British woman is fighting for the right to become pregnant with her dead daughter's baby, saying it is her only chance has of becoming a grandmother

Have a baby or your money back - but there's a catch

A new IVF scheme offers couples the chance to fall pregnant and give birth - or get their money back. But there's more to it than you might think.

Polycystic ovary syndrome: symptoms, treatment and your fertility

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common female hormonal condition, affecting roughly one in 12 Australian women.

'It's a little life, not a little loss': pregnancy after miscarriage

I thought I was never going to be able to have a successful pregnancy. I decided that I wasn't going to form an emotional attachment with this baby.

Getting pregnant after 35

HOLLYWOOD MUMS: Celebrities such as Nicole Kidman who got pregnant in her 40s could give other women a false sense of security about their fertility.

Halle Berry did it at 41. So did Nicole Kidman. Geena Davis had twins at the seemingly over-ripe age of 48. Has the slew of female celebrities giving birth after 35 meant that the rest of us now reason it's easy enough for us as well?

Facing an incomplete family

INCOMPLETE FAMILY: Many couples struggle to fall pregnant with their second child, often for unexplained reasons.

Secondary infertility can be as mystifying to the medical experts as to the couples involved.

The truth about getting pregnant

GETTING PREGNANT: Having a baby may not be as easy as you think.

People are in denial, almost, that our fertility can fade. Here's what you need to know about having a baby at any age.

'I was addicted to pregnancy tests'

TEST, TEST, AND TEST AGAIN: The two week wait can be an agonisingly long time when you're trying to conceive.

Jemma O'Connor became fixated with doing pregnancy tests, even after her pregnancy was confirmed with a blood test.

23 signs you really, really want a baby

FEELING CLUCKY? Fingers twitch a little when they get too close to babies? Yep. you're clucky

Some women (and indeed men) never experience it, others find that it comes and goes, and yet others find they're in an almost constant state of cluck.

Best way to conceive? Start with good health

GET HEALTHY: Looking after your health is a good first step in trying to conceive.

If you're trying to get pregnant experts say there are some lifestyle choices that could improve your odds.

How to make healthy sperm

STRONG SWIMMERS: Summer isn't the best season for sperm.

For couples struggling with infertility, there are few lifestyle changes men can make to improve the size and shape of their sperm, suggests a new study.

To freeze or not to freeze your eggs

TICKING CLOCK: Egg freezing is one way women can try to preserve their fertility - but it's no guarantee.

Here are three things you can always count on: death, taxes and that anything related to motherhood or women's reproductive choices will stir up enough cultural debate to make everyone forget about death and taxes for a news cycle or two.

Finding a positive path through IVF

IVF JOURNEY: Keeping the lines of communication open is a crucial part of getting through IVF.

Undertaking IVF is often viewed as a difficult, sometimes negative journey towards the ultimate positive: a baby.

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