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Fertility
October 24, 2017

Can you choose your baby’s gender?

You’ve wanted a little girl ever since you were a little girl yourself. Or maybe your husband is keen for a boy to play sports with. Is it possible to choose the gender of your baby? Let’s first understand how gender works. All women’s eggs carry the X chromosome. Sperm carries either an X or Y chromosome. X is for girls, Y for boys. If the Y-bearing sperm penetrates the egg, then the baby is a boy. If the X-bearing sperm penetrate, then the baby is a girl. It basically comes down to which sperm gets to the egg first, and…
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Fertility
July 9, 2017

Infertility: there is hope!

It’s heartbreaking to realise you may not be able to get pregnant. Infertility is not the end of the road, though. Medically defined, infertility is the inability to conceive after a year of unprotected intercourse in women under 35, or the inability to carry a pregnancy to term. In South Africa, it’s estimated that one in six couples struggle with infertility. As doctors and experts understand, lifestyle factors can wreak havoc on fertility. Dr Paul le Roux from Cape Fertility concedes that infertility is on the increase in SA, at least 10% each year. “Women are now delaying childbearing until…
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Pregnancy
January 27, 2014

Womb transplant is a success

For many women, the thought of not being able to give birth to your own child – for any reason - can be devastating. There is hope though, for two women in Sweden who have undergone uterus transplants. (more…)
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Pregnancy
December 23, 2013

New developments in IVF treatment

Many couples who struggle to conceive turn to IVF to improve their chances. And while IVF doesn’t have a 100% success rate, scientists and researchers are working hard to improve the odds. Researchers from Peking University have created a new screening method that allows them to study the genetic code of an embryo. From that information, in theory they might be able to improve the success rate of IVF from 30% to 60%. Lead researcher Jie Qiao said a clinical trial has already started, and that it offers hope to women who’ve endured repeated IVF treatment failures. You can read…
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