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WATCH: First US baby born from deceased woman’s donated uterus

Doctors have reported the first successful birth in the US of a baby from the transplanted uterus of a deceased donor.

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42-year-old woman welcomes quintuplets after 18-year infertility battle

“It is not easy to have five children at once." Successful IVF treatment has resulted in the birth of 5 healthy babies for Nigerian couple in their 40s.

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Experts answer your questions on donor conception and IVF

From same sex couples looking to start a family to telling children they’re donor-conceived, this article may prove yourself to those thinking about donor conception and IVF.

Miscarriage

How men’s damaged sperm could play a significant role in recurrent miscarriage

Recurrent miscarriage is typically defined as the loss of three or more pregnancies in a row. As the mother carries the pregnancy, the traditional belief has been that the underlying cause of miscarriage resides with her. But the quality of a father’s sperm plays a significant role too.

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Plot twist: When trying to conceive, dad's age matters too

It’s not just women who need to consider their age when planning a family. Studies reveal that men show a 50% lower chance of conceiving after a year of trying at age 35, compared with men younger than 25. Plus, older age in fathers is linked with a variety of health conditions affecting their offspring.

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11 Fascinating facts about conception

Old wives tales and movie-fueled ideas are rife when talking fertility. Here, Julia Boltt looks at the medical facts that may change your approach to conceiving.

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Ovarian cancer survivor defies the odds to give birth to a healthy boy

She surprised everyone when she overcame the odds and fell pregnant with a baby boy last year.

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Guatemalan moms with more children live longer: Here's why

Scientists may have stumbled across the fountain of youth and, spoiler, it could all be down to the number of children you bear. Or is it?

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SA woman who couldn't have babies makes moving documentary about infertile women

Film maker Molatelo Mainetjie, who is now 43, was 30 years old when she found out that she would not be able to conceive naturally.

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WATCH: How surrogacy turned two strangers into friends for life

These two women formed an unbreakable bond when one gave birth to the other's baby.

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Struggling to conceive? Here are your options

From IVF to acupuncture, we've listed every option available to you if you're struggling to conceive, along with the contact details to fertility clinics around the country.

Miscarriage

A grieving mom's Twitter post exposes the spooky reality of being an Internet user

After the devastating loss of her baby, this mom penned an open letter to all tech companies, casting a much-needed light on the reality of living life on online.

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For many women, tracking their fertility can be an emotional whirlwind and have them give up altogether

Some women use paper charts or fertility apps to track their chances of getting pregnant. But while some may find the experience positive, others feel overwhelmed, or give up altogether.

Trying to conceive

What is the ‘right’ age to have a child?

While there are numerous ways of getting pregnant today, including literally putting one's eggs or sperm on ice to delay parenthood, sooner rather than later still seems to be the consensus.

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"IVF really is that hard. To every woman out there fighting this battle, I salute you"

A reader wrote in anonymously, sharing her struggling with infertility and the physically and emotionally painful journey of IVF. But she shares her story hoping to remind women that they are not alone. "Be strong," she says, "I salute you."

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WATCH: Could stressing about getting pregnant be the reason you’re not getting pregnant?

When you've been trying to conceive for a while, the sheer frustration and stress of it all can leave you feeling so utterly exhausted without any will to keep trying. But it also delays the release of reproductive hormones that tell your body when it's time to ovulate.

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"Infertility is a silent killer, just like cancer – it eats at your soul, as cancer eats at your body"

Talischa Towsen wrote in to tell us about her struggle with infertility after relating to another reader's letter. "It feels like I'm failing," she writes. "Months have turned into years."

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Woman who gave birth at 62 lied about age to be approved for artificial insemination

Lina Alvarez (now 64) from Galicia in Spain said she’d shaved more than 10 years off her life to get doctors to help her fall pregnant. And now, she advises and offers encouragement to women like her who don’t see age as an impediment to motherhood.

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WATCH: Robbie and Ayda Williams welcome "secret" baby Coco – via surrogacy

Robbie Williams and Ayda Field welcome secret surrogate daughter.

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"Am I still a man? Men can have kids": A reader shares his heartbreaking struggle with secondary infertility

A reader wrote in anonymously to share his infertility struggle with us saying that, although he tries to be strong for his family, he often questions his worth. "Am I still a man? Men can have kids," he says. "What am I otherwise?"

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"Men should have the ability to control their own fertility": Readers respond to birth control pills for men

The conversation around birth control pills has caused quite the stir. Here are some of the comments and opinions readers shared regarding the issue.

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Trying to conceive? Cervical fluid's the one thing you probably didn't think to check

Trying to conceive can be challenging. But there are ways you can optimise your chances of getting pregnant, like tracking your cervical fluid and timing sex accordingly. Watch this video – you won't believe how simple and easy it actually is.

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"The infertility journey is hell – there is no sugar coating it"

Desperate to become a mom herself and waiting for her IVF appointment next month, one of our readers wrote to share her infertility story and all the emotions that come with the "long and lonely", and often hellish, journey.

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Birth control pills for men? Here's what you need to know

Men on the Pill? Sounds rather unlikely but actually, may soon be our reality. Although still in its trial phase, scientists say male hormonal contraception is looking rather promising. Here’s what you need to know about male birth control pills.

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WATCH: See every step of your unborn baby's development in this incredible animated video

This amazing animation video shows in detail how two separate cells combine to become a bouncing baby.

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8 reasons we may wrongly believe we’re infertile

When you’ve been trying to fall pregnant for so long, you can’t help but wonder about the dreaded ‘I’ word: infertility. But the factors misleading us to believe we’re infertile may not necessarily be a case for medical intervention. In fact, it could simply be about understanding and listening to what our bodies are telling us.

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Gabrielle Union on her infertility and adenomyosis diagnosis

During a chat Wednesday at this year’s BlogHer conference in New York City, Gabrielle said a recent diagnosis could have been at the root cause of her infertility issues.

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Being taller than average makes you more likely to parent multiples and other facts about twins, triplets, and quadruplets

According to science, these factors determine whether you might have twins, triplets, quadruplets or more.
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