Hunter IVF Blog

Through Hunter IVF’s blog you can read about new developments with regards to our fertility treatments, learn more about common fertility issues, and find out Hunter IVF’s views on hot topics in the news. We hope that you find it informative and encourage you to Contact Us if you have any questions.

How low is too low when it comes to AMH?

How low is too low when it comes to AMH? Dr Raelia Lew Fri, 09/08/2017 - 11:08 4 The Anti-Mullerian Hormone (or AMH) is a hormone produced by the primary follicles (small clusters of cells that surround immature eggs) in a woman’s ovaries. An AMH test can give you an indication of your ovarian reserve compared to other women of a similar age. Unlike men who continually produce sperm, women are born with their lifetime supply of eggs. It can be important to know what your ovarian reserve is when considering having a baby. What is the AMH test? An AMH test is the best biochemical marker of a...
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Does the collection of more eggs increase your chance of pregnancy from IVF?

New research indicates that egg quantity is an important determinant of IVF success One of the success factors many women and couples focus on when undergoing IVF treatment is the number of eggs retrieved at the oocyte pick up (OPU) stage of the cycle.
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Australian women are increasingly turning to egg freezing to protect their fertility

Australian women are increasingly turning to egg freezing to protect their fertility Dr Manuela Toledo Mon, 09/19/2016 - 09:24 3 Egg freezing, originally developed to protect the future fertility of oncology patients before they started their cancer treatment, is now an established fertility preservation technique, with thousands of healthy babies born around the world. An increasing number of women who are not ready for a baby, haven’t met the right person or have had a change in their relationship status are exploring their options to preserve their fertility for when the time is right. Why...
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Interview with a Sperm Donor

Interview with a Sperm Donor Anonymous Tue, 09/06/2016 - 09:15 3 Becoming a sperm donor is a generous act enabling many families in Australia their only chance of having a family. Sperm donation requires careful consideration so it may help to hear from a previous sperm donor about his motivations and experience for helping others create their family: Why I became a sperm donor I am a sperm donor. Not something I’ll put on my CV, but certainly one of my greatest accomplishments. Having kids was not something I envisaged for my future, then one day I received an email from a friend with a link...
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What are the alternatives to IVF?

As many as 1 in 6 Australian couples will have difficulties conceiving when they decide to start or extend their family. Pregnancy delay is still a relatively ‘silent’ topic, with many couples preferring not to openly discuss their difficulties when trying for a baby.
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Why is iodine important to preconception and pregnancy health?

Why is iodine important to preconception and pregnancy health? Dr Myran Ponna… Tue, 08/16/2016 - 08:37 2 One in six Australian couples struggle to conceive and for many of these couples it is important to understand that lifestyle factors such as weight and diet can play an essential role in improving your fertility. Often modifications to diet are recommended when a woman starts trying for a baby, such as increasing the intake of iodine, a nutritional mineral which helps to ensure healthy fertility, conception and pregnancy. The importance of iodine in preconception health and pregnancy...
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Good advice for supporting a friend with infertility

Good advice for supporting a friend with infertility Melissa Stephens Fri, 08/05/2016 - 13:37 4 Infertility and fertility treatment is understandably a very sensitive area. In order that we can all show more understanding to women and couples that are having difficulties conceiving, the following advice can be invaluable. How a couple having difficulties conceiving is feeling When someone you know is having difficulties conceiving, and in particular when they’re going through fertility treatment, it can feel like they’re on an emotional rollercoaster. Women and couples having difficulties...
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Endometrial Scratching & IVF

After multiple unsuccessful IVF cycles, couples often ask about alternative techniques that they can try on their next cycle to increase their chance of pregnancy. One such technique is endometrial scratching. So, is endometrial scratching as uncomfortable as it sounds, and can it increase your chance of having a baby?
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IUI versus IVF

IUI versus IVF Dr Roland Chieng Thu, 07/07/2016 - 08:59 5 Four things you should know when comparing IUI and IVF A common dilemma faced by some couples who are having difficulties conceiving is whether to undertake IUI or IVF treatment. Typically, your fertility specialist will have advised you on the potential treatment options available for your particular fertility issue including your possible chance of achieving a successful pregnancy, either naturally or with each fertility treatment. However it may help to arm yourself with additional information about the road that lies ahead. Let’s...
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