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Court pays out couple after IVF mix up, placing a financial value on genetic affinity

In a world first, Singapore's highest court rules that parents deserve kids with their genes.


Denise Zimba speaks out on her endometriosis struggle and it’s relatable for all moms

Local actress Denise Zimba was over the moon when she announced her pregnancy and the arrival of her baby girl.


Denise Zimba on her struggles to conceive: 'It's been a tough journey'

South African actress Denise Zimba recently announced her pregnancy, and that she first had to get treatment for endometriosis.

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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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"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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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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"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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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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"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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"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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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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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.

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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.
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