New frontiers

The great fertility revolution

Victoria Lambert The experimental treatments that today’s fertility scientists keep coming up with are astonishing.


The great fertility revolution

Going through early menopause is no longer a barrier to having a baby. Victoria Lambert looks at the new frontiers of reproduction.

Fertility drug scare over link to mad cow disease

Julie Robotham THE federal government has begun an investigation into the safety of a class of fertility drugs after overseas research showed the hormones - derived from pregnant or menopausal women's urine - could...

Woman, 42, expected triplets - but had quadruplets


Rene Lynch 'There are more feet,' the doctor told Kim Fugate after she had already given birth to Kenleigh, Kristen and Kayleigh.

City Kat

Never mind the age gap


Katherine Feeney Why are we less in love with the idea of older women loving younger men?

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Male fertility test

Welcome to a woman's world

Sperm and egg in a still from the IMAX film The Human Body.

Victoria Lambert The new DIY male fertility test will mark a shift in the way we talk about a growing problem for men.

New year, new boobs


Katherine Feeney A new year, a new you - but where do you draw the line? And should we judge the choices of others?

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Sound advice

Clearing the confusion on contraception


M.J. Angel Choosing the right contraception method for many women can feel like playing hormonal Russian roulette. Contraception isn't a one-size-fits-all solution.

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Taboo topic

Men have biological clocks too

Time Flies

Sarah Berry Men have biological clocks too, it turns out. But because we live in a society obsessed with male virility, it is a taboo topic.

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Why I will freeze my eggs - at 29


Cassy Small Amid talk of 'leaning in' and 'having it all' stands the indisputable fact that there is a finite period of time in which women can reproduce.

Fact v fiction

Birth control: myths and misconceptions

Contraceptive pill, contraception.

Dr Deborah Bateson How contraception affects fertility, weight and your risk of cancer.

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Mother machine

'I loved pregnancy - but I never want to be a mum': prolific surrogate mother retires after 10 babies


What sort of woman offers to be a surrogate for a childless couple? An incredibly altruistic one, of course.

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Worth the wait


Sandy Smith Children of older mothers get a better start in life, study finds.

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Older parents

'We're too old for this'

Mother and baby.

Emma Cook How a third baby at 45 made Emma Cook and her husband feel "half dead" - but no less bemused than when their first child arrived, ten years before.

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Long distance

Marriage: Is this all there is?


Julia Llewellyn Smith Recently, at a party, I found myself talking to 'Alice', a woman who seemed very like me.

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My Jennaration

Forget granny knickers, 'granny guilt' is uglier

Everybody Loves Raymond

Jenna Clarke The members of "Generation Jones" are retiring from their Yuppie ways and have adopted a Gordon Gekko style of grandparenting.

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Crippling pain

The enemy within

Generic period pain,
menstruation, sad, PMS.

For years Nikki Marshall had to plan her life around sudden bouts of crippling pain.

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Grief case

Women's silent suffering

Woman crying, tears, sad, sadness, depression, grief, depressed.

Sarah Berry It happens to one in four mothers but they rarely reveal their pain.

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Is the Pill safe after 40?

Contraceptive pill, contraception.

Dr Deborah Bateson Yes. But not only for contraception. The Pill provides a host of other health benefits to women at this stage of life, writes Dr Deborah Bateson.

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The terminators: using abortion as a form of contraception

Surgery, surgical tools, surgeon, doctor, hospital, medical, medicine.

Sarah Berry Grace* 31, was 18 when she had her first abortion. Since then, she has had five.

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