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Fertility

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In our fertility category, we'll give you advice on getting pregnant/trying to conceive, fertility problems, fertility treatment, and miscarriage.

Fertility problems

‘Never give up hope’: Sharks player Ross Geldenhuys and wife Madelein thought they'd never have kids – now tells of four 'miracles'

Sharks prop Ross Geldenhuys and his wife Madelein feel blessed to have four children - despite her having polycystic ovary syndrome.

Fertility treatment

Designer babies: Can you choose your baby's gender?

If you could pick having a baby boy or girl - would you? Designer babies is a hot topic, but in South Africa it's mostly illegal.

Trying to conceive

Japanese nurses on rota system to fall pregnant

How would you feel if your boss said sorry, it's not your turn to have a baby? Does an employer have the right to decide how you plan your family? Well in Japan it's become somewhat common, especially if you work at daycare centres or hospitals.

FAQs

Can you fall pregnant when you're already pregnant?

Superfetation... The cases are as rare as the word sounds, but it is in fact possible to get pregnant when you're already pregnant. We unpack this rare condition.

Fertility problems

LONG READ: Infertility through the ages – and how IVF changed the way we think about it

The pain of infertility has not changed, even if modern technologies have.

Fertility problems

‘It made me feel less of a man knowing I may never be a dad’: the hidden trauma of male infertility

"It made me feel worthless that I couldn’t have kids." Men speak candidly about their feelings on – and personal experience with – infertility.

Trying to conceive

Busted! Fertility misconceptions explained

Put your legs in the air after sex. You only need to worry if you’re 35. Being on the pill delays your fertility. True or false? We dispel the most common fertility myths – and tell you which ones are true.

FAQs

Single women and fertility treatment: a specialist answers all our questions

We sat down with Cape Town-based reproductive health specialist Dr Klaus Wiswedel to ask questions about freezing eggs, single parenthood by choice and the rise of fertility treatment in South Africa.

Fertility problems

When is the best time for you to have a baby? Well, your body says before 35

While you might have planned out exactly when you'd like to settle down, get pregnant and expand your family, your body might have alternate plans.

Fertility problems

What is an incompetent cervix? A mom shares her story

Geraldine Monaheng* shares her tragic story of living with the painful condition which almost left her childless.

Pregnancy health

Pregnancy and folic acid: a prevention success story

While the exact cause of spina bifida and other neural-tube defects isn’t known, what’s certain is that proper supplementation of the B vitamin folic acid, both before conception and during the first trimester of pregnancy, goes a long way to preventing these devastating birth defects.

Miscarriage

Do men grieve over a miscarriage?

When a woman suffers the loss of her baby, the grieving is inevitable. So, should we expect our partners to grieve with us, or be the pillars of strength through an emotional time?

Trying to conceive

Kim Kardashian West welcomes a baby girl and thanks her surrogate for “the greatest gift one could give”

Kim Kardashian welcomes her new baby via surrogate and we explain what it's really like for both mother and carrier.

Fertility

What! Mom and baby conceived one year apart?

"We could have been best friends," says elated new mom, Tina Gibson. Her baby Emma is a result of an embryo that was frozen in 1992!

Fertility treatment

So what's the deal with donating eggs?

If you're interested in assisted conception or in becoming an egg donor, our sex columnist Jade Zwane has all the information you'd need.

Trying to conceive

How sleep and alcohol affects your chances of conception

Struggling to sleep may affect a woman’s chance of falling pregnant, new research has found.

Miscarriage

WATCH: Gabrielle Union and 11 other A-list celebrities who have opened up about their miscarriages

Gabrielle Union recently opened up about having had “eight or nine miscarriages”. We look back at some other big names who have also struggled with fertility and gone on to have beautiful babies.

Fertility treatment

Four babies in one year for British mom who struggled to conceive

"We couldn't believe it. It was a massive shock but we were obviously delighted."

Miscarriage

Shining the light on child loss with The Empty Project

Losing a child can be a lonely experience. This mom uses her photography to shed some light on the immense grief of child loss.

Trying to conceive

This app will help you find someone to have a baby with

This app helps you find someone to procreate with.

Fertility problems

‘I thought I could never have kids because of endometriosis – until I stopped trying’

Rechelle Heldsinger couldn’t believe her ears when the doctor told her that she was pregnant.

Fertility treatment

“My endometriosis led to me having a child via surrogacy”

Blogger Susann Deysel shares the journey to becoming a mother via surrogacy, after endometriosis left her infertile.

Fertility problems

"Since having my last child, my body has become a mess"

"I felt like I was ugly, scarred, and completely broken."

Fertility problems

A letter to the children I’ll never have

"Know that I really wanted to see you all grow inside of me."

Fertility treatment

‘I’m having my husband’s sister’s baby!’

Rachel is now 31 weeks pregnant with a little girl.
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