Denmark, IVF

Why is IVF so popular in Denmark?

Source BBC

Despite previous attempts to limit access to treatment, Denmark now has the biggest proportion of babies born through assisted reproductive technology (ART) in the world.

Visit any park in Denmark and the chances are many of the children playing there were born using IVF or donor sperm. Denmark leads the world in the use of ART to build families – an estimated 10% of all births involve such techniques.

Everyone in Denmark knows someone who has gone through IVF and talking about it is no taboo – chats at the schools gates or even church frequently revolve around the origins of people’s children.

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Australia, IVF, Law

Australia – Woman challenges laws that require estranged husband’s IVF consent

Source The Age

A woman who wants to conceive a child using donor sperm has launched a court challenge to existing laws that bar her from accessing IVF without her estranged husband’s consent.

The Victorian woman, known to the court as “LR”, says she is being discriminated against on the basis of her marital status.

The woman is still legally married, but separated and estranged from her husband, the Federal Court in Melbourne heard on Thursday.

She intends to divorce him when the 12-month waiting period is over, and wants to undergo in-vitro fertilisation to become pregnant, using her own eggs and donor sperm.

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UK – IVF mothers and babies’ ‘urgent need’ for health-check database

Source The Telegraph

Babies born through IVF and their mothers may be suffering a raft of health problems but nobody is aware because they are not being monitored, a leading fertility doctor and MP have warned.

Professor Geeta Nargund, the founder and medical director of Create Fertility and MP Siobhain McDonagh, are calling for the Human Fertility and Embryology Act to be amended to merge NHS and fertility databases.

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Fertility Benefits, IVF, UK

UK – Saatchi and Saatchi Wellness London launch IVF campaign

Source PMLive

Specialist health and wellness advertising agency Saatchi and Saatchi Wellness London has partnered up with Fertility Network to launch a new IVF campaign.

The new campaign targets fair access to IVF treatments in the UK, where 3.5 million people are affected by fertility issues, but cannot get access to treatment under the National Health Service.

Titled #Scream4IVF, the campaign features screaming faces of patients who have been affected by infertility.

Additionally, the advertising agency is calling out to the public, influencers and celebrities to take part by donating their scream on social media, which will result in the world’s longest scream of IVF.
It will then be played at a rally outside Parliament on 10 October this year.

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Who Is A Good Candidate For IVF?

Source Independent

While IVF is now a common fertility treatment, not everyone understands how it works or who it can help.

While some questions can only be answered in a one-on-one consultation with your doctor, this guide should get you started.

With the highest success rate of any ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) available today, IVF has helped millions of people realize their dream of growing their family. It might be the answer for you, too.

Many women with blocked or removed fallopian tubes have success with IVF since it bypasses the fallopian tubes altogether.

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China, IVF

Parental hopefuls seek fertile ground overseas


The easing of China’s family planning policy was a boon for Zhang Yinhe and his wife Xu Mengsha, who had decided to freeze an embryo for use during in vitro fertilization in the hope of having a second child someday.

However, in China most IVF procedures are restricted to infertile couples, and reproductive clinics have been overwhelmed with hopeful couples since the family planning policy was scrapped two years ago, which meant Zhang and Xu faced a long wait before they could have the procedure.

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Fertility over 50, India, IVF

UK – ‘I had given up hope anyone would call me Mummy’: Woman, 58, gives birth to son after paying £4,500 for IVF in India because she was ‘too old for treatment in the UK’

Source Daily Mail

A 58-year-old woman has given birth to a son after paying £4,500 for IVF in India because she’d been denied treatment in the UK.

Carolyne Hess forked out for the ’embryo adoption’ procedure abroad after the NHS and private clinics at home turned her down for being too old, The Mirror reports.

The single mother gave birth to her son Javed in November after three donor embryos fertilised by a sperm donor were implanted into her womb at the International Fertility Centre in New Delhi in March last year.

She said her eggs came from a 21-year-old Indian woman who liked dancing and her sperm donor was a 6ft tall white American man who worked in IT. 

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Fertility over 40, IVF

UK – The age factor: IVF still cannot turn back the biological clock – but the rate of over-40s pursuing it is soaring

Source Daily Mail

At the time, the birth of Louise Brown in Oldham, Manchester, on July 25 1978 was met with predictable star-gazing and horror: could this ‘test tube’ baby be the start of a science fiction future? Is it unnatural? Unethical? One magazine called Brown’s conception via IVF ‘the biggest threat since the atom bomb’.

Four decades and eight million babies later, IVF is still eye-wateringly expensive but widely accepted, hugely successful, and generally available for anyone with the cash – whether they have fertility issues, or have delayed childbearing beyond the natural scope of fertility.

It means, in a year, any woman under 42 can have an 80 percent probability of conceiving using their own eggs, and we can even screen embryos for genetic defects before they’re implanted. And the babies are healthy – far from the unnatural aliens that critics predicted in the 70s.

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Forty years of IVF, but not everyone’s celebrating

Source Conservative Woman

Louise Brown, the world’s first baby born via in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), celebrates her 40th birthday today.

Four decades after her birth it is estimated that more than seven million babies have been born as a result of IVF and other assisted reproduction treatments. Around 2.4million assisted reproductive technologies (ART) cycles are estimated to take place each year world-wide, with about 500,000 babies born as a result. If rates stay at current levels, then an estimated 157million people alive at the end of the century will owe their lives to assisted reproductive technologies (1.4 per cent of the global population).

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IVF, Louise Brown

First IVF baby’s 40th birthday: How a tiny girl changed science and the world

Source ABC

In July 1978, “You’re the one that I want” from Grease was top of the pops in Australia, women were marching for equal rights in the US, and Louise Joy Brown was born in the United Kingdom.

Weighing in at around 2.5 kilograms, the world’s first “test tube baby” was delivered by caesarean section under torchlight — to avoid tipping off the media — in Oldham General Hospital, shortly before midnight on July 25.

The Daily Mail reportedly paid around 325,000 British pounds for her first pictures — but even before The Lovely Louise was introduced to the world, she was famous.

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UK – The six ages of IVF: As the medical revolution that’s transformed so many lives turns 40 tomorrow, we chart the fertility milestones since 1978

Source Daily Mail


As lab technician Jean Purdy watched the single-cell embryo in the petri dish in front of her divide into eight cells, she could, presumably, never have imagined exactly what that moment would herald.

For not only would it lead to the birth of Louise Brown nine months later — the world’s first ‘test tube baby’ — after that particular developing embryo was successfully implanted into Louise’s mother, but ultimately it would mean the birth of more than six million people, who might not have existed otherwise.

Purdy is now considered to be the world’s first embryologist — and one of a team of three British scientists, along with scientist Robert Edwards and Patrick Steptoe, a gynaecologist at Oldham General Hospital, whose dogged determination ushered in the age of IVF.

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Ireland, IVF

Ireland – Thousands of Irish couples will no longer need to travel to Spain for IVF treatment

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E new programme will mean that many Irish patients choosing to undergo IVF will no longer have to travel for treatment using anonymous donated eggs.

Fertility centre, Institut Marquès, is one of the first to allow people to remotely carry out In Vitro fertilisation with donor eggs.

The programme will mean the embryos will be the ones travelling to potential mothers in countries such as Italy and Ireland.

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I Had IVF: Here’s Every Squeamish Detail I Wish I’d Known Before

Source Refinery 29

I only made one resolution this New Year: have a baby. And being a single woman in my late 30s with nary a respectable parenting partner in sight (the best men I know are either married – too complicated – or related by blood – too illegal), I decided to get creative. I underwent IVF, or in vitro fertilisation, using sperm from an anonymous donor.

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Here’s What You Need To Know About IVF And If It’s Right For You

Source Women’s Health

Chrissy Teigen has no problem sharing that both of her children were conceived through in-vitro fertilization (IVF)—and why should she?

Chrissy posted a photo of her hew newborn Miles on Instagram Tuesday—which was adorable, but not necessarily news.

The real stuff went down in the comments section, when a fan asked Chrissy if Miles was conceived through IVF like her daughter Luna. The fan received some flack from other commenters, but Chrissy was totally fine with it.

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What your doctor isn’t telling you about IVF — but should

Source NY Post

Smiling for the camera, Elizabeth Katkin, her husband, Richard, and their two kids look picture-perfect. But it took the Katkins nine years, seven miscarriages, a total of 10 in vitro fertilization cycles, five natural pregnancies, four IVF pregnancies, 10 doctors, one surrogate mother and roughly $200,000 to create their beautiful family.

“I look back on the years when I took contraception to avoid getting pregnant and laugh,” Elizabeth says.

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UK – TERRIFIC TWOSOME  Single mum’s IVF quest for kids led to twins — born THREE YEARS apart

Source The Sun

Samantha spent £12,000 on fertility treatments, with her five-year-old, Grace and 21-month-old Rory, conceived at the same time with her egg and donor sperm.

They were both born from the same embryos.

Grace came from the first batch implanted through IVF and Rory from the second, which was frozen for three years before being implanted.

Samantha, 46, says that despite their age gap, the bond between Grace and Rory is as strong as i

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Acupuncture, IVF

Acupuncture doesn’t improve IVF success rate, study confirms

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There are approximately 200,000 cycles of in vitro fertilization (IVF) for infertility every year in the United States. This is an incredible investment, both financial and emotional. Women must undergo a significant amount of invasive testing to see if they are even a candidate and then the IVF requires days of hormone injections, blood work, numerous ultrasounds and two procedures — one to retrieve the eggs and another to hopefully implant an embryo. And then the terrible waiting to see if it worked.

The average cost per cycle of IVF is $12,400, even higher for cycles where a donor egg is required or if a gestational surrogate is used, and success is not guaranteed. For a woman under the age of 35 the chance of having a live birth with IVF using her own eggs is approximately 56 percent, but the success drops significantly for women aged 35 and older. By the time a woman is 38 her chance of a successful pregnancy with IVF is about 30 percent and over the age of 42 it drops to 5.0 percent.

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Scotland – With IVF rates rising, we found out more about Scotland’s stretched facility services

Source The Press and Journal

Donor co-ordinator Hazel McBain taking blood from a patient

As the NHS approaches its 70th anniversary, this year marks the milestone of another significant UK medical achievement: the 40th birthday of the world’s first IVF baby.

Born in Manchester in 1978, Louise Brown was the first ever “test-tube baby” whose very existence made headlines around the world.

Four decades later and today IVF is much more common.

In the UK alone, most recent statistics show that more than 68,000 such treatments were provided in 2016, and the picture that emerges is a largely positive one.

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Europe, IVF

5 facts about IVF parenting in Europe – what you need to know

Source DW

A German man was forced to pay child support for a son he never agreed to have after his ex-wife used his sperm samples for IVF treatment. European laws on who are parents have been slow to adapt to changing societies.

1. Who is the parent? A child can only have two parents in European countries. Those whose names appear on the birth certificate have parental responsibility. The birth mother is always the legal mother and the other legal parent is her spouse or civil partner or possibly the biological father. If the parents are married, both are registered as parents.

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children from egg and/or sperm donor, IVF, Malta

Malta – IVF law: woman born of anonymous donor conception views concession on medical history as ‘token’

Source Independent

A woman born by anonymous donor conception, Dr Joanna Rose, views the Maltese government’s offer to allow those born through the same practice to have access to their genetic parent’s medical history as more of a “token”.

Rose is an activist who works to highlight the plight of those born by anonymous donor conception, resulting in identity issues and medical issues as a result of having incomplete access to the genetic family’s medical history.

Born in the UK, Rose went to university and after she graduated, she was awarded a scholarship to get her PhD on the subject.

Anonymous donor conception is when sperm and/or eggs are donated to an infertile woman seeking to become pregnant through IVF. Parliament is set to discuss amendments to the 2012 Embryo Protection Act which would introduce embryo freezing and tie it to anonymous embryo adoption.

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