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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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"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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"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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WATCH: Your wonderfully creamy, egg-white cervical fluid and how tracking it may help you fall pregnant

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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A reader shares her infertility struggle: "It is beyond anything I have ever had to deal with and I have never felt more depleted and defeated"

A reader wrote in to tell us about her struggle with infertility and trying to fall pregnant saying, quite frankly, "this process destroys who you were and leaves you with nothing but sadness, jealousy and anger".

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How are quadruplets formed?

In the last three years, 2 sets of naturally conceived quadruplets have been born in South Africa. We asked Dr Malika Patel of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Cape Town to explain how these rarely occurring multiples are conceived.

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Male infertility, an open letter: "I had to make my peace with it but it hurts"

A reader wrote in, anonymously, highlighting that infertility doesn't just affect women. "A Tale of a Gun Loaded With Blanks" he calls his story, sharing how shattered he was after realising that he couldn't have children, even though he'd never really thought of having children of his own.

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Here's what science says about how you can conceive a boy or girl

We recently came across a study titled, 'More sex during South Africa’s World Cup meant more boys nine months on'. Curious about the science behind it all, we decided to dig deeper and found out why this should be, and how you can actually follow particular methods to conceive a boy or girl.

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"The guilt and anger, the praying and hoping... it's soul destroying" – a reader shares her struggle with infertility

After publishing a story last week explaining why South Africans are choosing to have fewer children, one of our readers wrote in saying that she and her partner, and many other couples, simply don't have the choice.

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‘Infertile’ couple went from no babies to five in just two years – but there were moments they thought they'd lost them

Mallory Jo Williams (27) and Michael Williams (30) felt like their dream of having a family was doomed.

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A woman’s best friend helps her conceive by donating her eggs

After struggling with infertility for almost a decade, a woman has finally conceived with the help of her best friend.

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"I never gave up hope" – How a car accident lead to a miracle pregnancy

A reader shared her 11-year struggle with infertility with Parent24. She shares her story, from the heartbreak to the one appointment that would change her life forever.

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“They told me, ‘You’re giving birth like a pig, like a guinea pig’” – A mom’s fight for justice

Hundreds of thousands of indigenous Peruvian women say they were forcibly sterilised as part of a state family planing programme.

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‘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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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‘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.

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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.
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