Fertility

 

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.

Miscarriage

'To every woman who has gone through this, you are not alone' - A reader's touching story of miscarriage

"People have told me things like 'at least it happened early', 'it wasn't really a baby yet', 'you can try again', 'at least you know you can get pregnant', 'it just wasn't meant to be'. I hate all of these responses."

Miscarriage

'Nobody knows what to say to you when you've had a miscarriage' - A reader shares her moving story

"I hope this story speaks to others who have endured loss through miscarriage." Read one woman's heart-wrenching experience and the hard-earned lessons she's taken from the ordeal.

Miscarriage

'There was nothing I did or could have done to prevent it': A reader shares her heartfelt experience of miscarriage

"He didn’t say anything as he scanned. He measured and measured again. Tried different angles, pushed different buttons, and the look on his faced changed from a smile to a frown. My heart dropped"

Fertility treatment

WATCH: Should commercial surrogacy be banned?

Surrogacy for commercial gain is prohibited in most countries, including SA but remains an ongoing practice globally. Watch BBC's WorklifeIndia team debate the issue.

Fertility treatment

'A lot of my Hollywood friends are doing it' - Rebel Wilson reveals she's got a fertility plan B in place

The 39-year-old comedian recently opened up about her decision to try egg-freezing as a parenting "back up plan."

Trying to conceive

This is why Anne Hathaway mentioned infertility in her pregnancy announcement

"It's all about us being there for each other," The actress says she wants everyone to know how "painful and very isolating" trying to get pregnant really is.

Fertility treatment

Fertility miracle or fake news? Understanding which IVF ‘add-ons’ really work

Almost 65% of couples in Australia and New Zealand are using ICSI as part of their IVF treatment. But an Australian study has revealed that the use of ICSI may be ineffective in certain groups.

Fertility treatment

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.

Fertility treatment

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.

Fertility treatment

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.

Trying to conceive

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.

Trying to conceive

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.

Fertility problems

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.

Trying to conceive

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?

Fertility problems

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.

Fertility treatment

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.

Fertility treatment

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.

Trying to conceive

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.

Fertility problems

"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."

Fertility problems

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.

Fertility problems

"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."

Fertility treatment

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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