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.

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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Fertility and Smoking

Fertility and Smoking Dr Raelia Lew Thu, 06/09/2016 - 10:57 3 Clear the air for your fertility, pregnancy and baby One of the most common questions asked by couples on their fertility journey is “What can I do to improve my chance of conceiving?” For the 13% of Australian adults who smoke every day, quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do, not only if you are trying to conceive but also for your future health, pregnancy and birth. Smoking and infertility Did you know smoking damages the DNA in your and your partner’s eggs and sperm? For this reason it may be harder and take some...
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Progesterone and Pregnancy

Progesterone and Pregnancy Dr Kokum Jayasinghe Fri, 05/20/2016 - 13:43 3 Progesterone is an important part of infertility treatment , with fertility specialists often prescribing progesterone supplements to help improve pregnancy rates from IVF. So why is progesterone supplementation used and can it help with natural conception rates as well? Firstly, it helps to understand the role of progesterone in pregnancy. What is progesterone? Progesterone is a hormone produced by the ovary. It is first detected in the middle of the menstrual cycle when an egg is released (ovulation). One of the most...
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Who can help if we’re not getting pregnant?

Who can help if we’re not getting pregnant? Dr Julie Whitehead Thu, 05/05/2016 - 08:05 4 If you’re struggling to conceive, it may give you some hope to know that Australians have good access to medical advice and assistance in relation to fertility. With 1 in 6 couples experiencing some difficulties when trying to fall pregnant, it helps to understand who you can turn to and how they are likely to approach your situation. As you consider your next step, the most important factor to take into account is a woman’s age . As more women and couples delay parenthood until later in life, medical...
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Seeing an IVF clinic doesn’t mean you have to do IVF

Seeing an IVF clinic doesn’t mean you have to do IVF Dr Frank Quinn Thu, 04/28/2016 - 11:56 3 When couples first start thinking about seeing a fertility specialist, because they are having difficulties conceiving, part of the hesitation about going to a fertility & IVF clinic is often patients aren’t yet ready to consider IVF treatment. To help ease this concern it is useful to understand what’s involved in an initial fertility assessment and the range of fertility treatment options that are available, as well as learn about how a fertility specialist works with you to develop a personal...
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Tubal Ligation Reversal vs IVF – Options & Success Rates

Tubal ligation reversal versus IVF: What are the options if you want to have another baby? Tubal ligation is a procedure women undergo to have their fallopian tubes permanently blocked, either by clipping, cutting, or burning. It is one of the most effective forms of permanent contraception. However, what happens if you chan
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Taking a pregnancy test and the tell-tale signs you’re expecting

When you are trying to become pregnant, there can be a lot of anxiety around knowing when to take a pregnancy test. Furthermore, if you have been trying for some time, you are no doubt aware that if you take the test too early, the test may be negative, even if you are pregnant. So, what advice do I give women?
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How useful are home ovulation kits and fertility apps?

Most women who have been trying to conceive for over a year will have spent time (and money) on trying to understand more about their menstrual cycle and ovulation, in order to improve their chances of conceiving.
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Understanding your cycle and timing for conception

There’s a lot of conflicting advice out there about how to increase your chance of conceiving. The piece of advice most often given is “get your timing right” – but what does that mean?
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Want a baby in 2016?

Make 2016 your year and join the Four Week Fertility Facts Program – it all kicks off January 17th When you’re trying to conceive, it can seem like everyone becomes an expert on how you and your partner can try to make it happen.
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