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ABC report on concerns of misleading claims by some IFV clinics

11 February 2016

Click on the link below to view a story aired by the ABC on 9/02/2016 reporting concerns of aggressive marketing, misleading claims and emphasis of profit over care within the IVF industry. This has been a growing concern in recent times for many of us who have worked in infertility and IVF for years, and it ...

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A Wonderful Patient Message

27 August 2015

We love hearing from our patients and seeing their beautiful bubs. Look at gorgeous Oliver and the lovely message from his proud parents. "Just a quick hello to all of the team at Coastal IVF with an update on our little Oliver.  We are so lucky to have him, and I can't believe how the time has flo...

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A new granddaughter for Dr Stokes

19 August 2015

Check out Paul and Jenny's latest family addition - a new grandchild and first granddaughter. Harper Judith Glasson born 18th May.  Photos by Kapture Me Photography...

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Congratulations Sammy Pluck

16 August 2015

Congratulations to Sammy Pluck, 'Young Business Woman of the Year 2015' finalist in the Sunshine Coast Business Women's Network Awards.  Sammy is owner and trainer of Pursuit Fitness, and the personal fitness trainer for Coastal IVF's ante natal & post natal patients. If you haven't already, make su...

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Another gorgeous Coastal IVF miracle

9 March 2015

Coastal IVF is happy to welcome another gorgeous bub. Finn Charles Thomas Farrugia was born on 8/3/2015 weighing 3.301kgs, 48cms long. "I'll forever be grateful for the day my mum suggested dr stokes... This little face wouldn't be here otherwise" ...

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Coastal VF and New Women's Health Clinic in the News

24 November 2014

Check out these lovely news stories about the Sunshine Coast's first IVF babies (conceived with assistance of Coastal IVF) and the opening of the SUnshine Coast's new Women's Health Clinic http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/family-looks-back-on-rollercoaster-ivf-ride/2461834/ http://www.themorningb...

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Sunshine Coast Advancements in Women's Health and Fertility Services

19 November 2014

Coastal IVF was Sunshine Coast’s first IVF unit and is now proud to announce a major extension of laboratory facilities and procedures as well as the opening of a new novel concept - the Coastal Women’s Health Clinic. On Thursday 20th November at 6.30 pm, the Queensland speaker Fiona Simpson MP w...

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Coastal IVF’s Peter Jackson appointed as Adjunct Senior Lecturer at University of Sunshine Coast

19 October 2014

In 2013 Peter Jackson, Coastal IVF’s Director of Embryology, played an integral role in establishing a Clinical Embryology course within the Biomedical degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast. As an introductory course, the subject ran as a Special Research Project over the 2013/14 summer semeste...

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Coastal IVF New Laboratory and Consulting Rooms

25 September 2014

Coastal IVF is excited to announce that it is opening new consulting rooms and a new laboratory in October 2014. Located downstairs on level 3, Corner Esplanade and Second Ave, Maroochydore, the new consulting rooms offer a dedicated psychology counselling room, dedicated embryo transfer room, a second consu...

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Coastal IVF - Get to Know our Staff

2 September 2014

Did you know Dr Paul Stokes is a grandfather? Check out the cute photos taken of him with his grandson by Melissa Jean photography. And for those of you who have ben pestered to call your son 'Paul' - he almost got there. The little guy is Hugo Paul! ...

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Pregnancy rates vary for IVF Clinics in Australia and New Zealand

20 August 2014

The National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit at the University of NSW, has released a study that shows the percentage of IVF cycles leading to a baby being born varies widely between clinics across Australia and New Zealand. When comparing the likelihood of falling pregnant in a frozen embryo trans...

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Twins and Multiple Birth Rates

11 August 2014

With the recent safe arrival of the gorgeous Flaherty twins under Dr Stokes care at The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital Buderim (conceived naturally) we have reviewed the multiple birth rate statistics in Australia. According to the Australian Multiple Birth Association, families with multiples represent 2% ...

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Coastal IVF Twins

4 August 2014

Welcome to the Flaherty twins. These gorgeous girls, conceived naturally, were born on 15th July. After a safe pregnancy under Dr Stokes care, the girls were born at 35.5 weeks. Two weeks later all is going very well and proud parents Jacob and Michelle have taken their girls home. All are doing fabulou...

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History of IVF and Coastal IVF Success

27 July 2014

The world’s first IVF baby, Louise Brown, turned 36 this week. Wow what an advancement medicine and science made 36 years ago and since then. In 2014 we now have some of the highest IVF pregnancy rates in the world. Coastal IVF’s first babies (twins) turn 18 this year, 19 years after Coastal IV...

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Obstetrics

3 July 2014

Sunshine Coast’s Coastal IVF clinic is known for its expertise in IVF and fertility treatment, but we also provide Obstetric and Gynecological care to the greater Sunshine Coast region. We understand the joys as well as the challenges that pregnancy brings. With a genuine reverence to the natural proc...

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Family Planning

26 June 2014

Family Planning Sometimes, female contraception/family planning options can be overwhelming. It’s important to discuss contraception options with your physician in order to determine which choice is the right one for your lifestyle. However, it’s equally important to be aware of the options that ...

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Coastal IVF’s Infertility facts

19 June 2014

Did you know? Of those treated for infertility at Coastal IVF 80% will go on to have a baby The main causes of female infertility are: Problems with ovulation Poor Egg quality Fallopian Tube damage or blockage At Sunshine Coast’s Coastal IVF Clinic we have a strong commitment to getting the ...

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Sunshine Coasts Premium Gynecological Care

12 June 2014

Routine gynecological care is essential to maintaining women’s health. Yearly examinations provide preventive care, and helps identify health risks such as breast cancer, cervical cancer and STDs while they are still treatable. Above and beyond routine care, gynecology appointments also provide birth c...

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Coastal IVF Sunshine Coast Good News Story - Kerr Family

5 June 2014

Two Coastal IVF princesses, both courtesy of Dr Stokes and the team at Coastal IVF. Emmie is 10 months and Miki is 5yrs. The Kerr family tell us "we are very grateful for our beautiful girls". ...

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Managing Menopause

29 May 2014

Menopause is when a woman permanently stops getting her menstrual periods. It typically occurs to women in their 40s and 50s and signals the end of their fertility. When a woman hits menopause, the primary functions of the ovaries stop. The ripening of the ova (egg), the creation of the uterine lining and the...

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The Emotions of Infertility

23 May 2014

Infertility is a major life crisis for 1 in 6 couples. For these women and men fighting the disease of infertility, the infertility experience involves many hidden losses for the individuals, their loved ones and society as a whole, including: Loss of the pregnancy and the birth experience;  Loss of ...

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Optimizing Fertility

15 May 2014

Healthy Living Because your weight, health and lifestyle can all affect your fertility, it is important to make sure you are eating well, managing your weight, and exercising. Being overweight or underweight can have consequences for your fertility. In addition, exercise can help reduce the elevated stress l...

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Frequently Asked Questions About Infertility

8 May 2014

What is infertility? Infertility is a disease or condition of the reproductive system often diagnosed after a couple has had one year of unprotected, well-timed intercourse, or if the woman has suffered from multiple miscarriages and the woman is under 35 years of age. If the woman is over 35 years old, it i...

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Medical Q and A for your 2 week wait

1 May 2014

What if I am spotting? If you start to have vaginal spotting, don't panic. It is possible to be pregnant and spot as well. Does it mean I'm pregnant if I have symptoms? Remember that some of the early physical signs of pregnancy: breast tenderness, bloating, tiredness and stomach upset can also be caused b...

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Patient and Sample Identification and Witnessing

24 April 2014

There has been a recent report from Rome ( http://www.news.com.au/world/brekkie-wrap/story-fndir2ev-1226883226553 ) where a woman conceived twins allegedly with someone else’s embryos. We thought it worthwhile explaining the procedures at Coastal IVF to absolutely prevent this. The Reproductive Techno...

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Surviving the 2 Week Wait

17 April 2014

Whether you have tried to get pregnant without treatment or with drugs, IUI and/or IVF, the part of the cycle that involves waiting to hear the "news" about your cycle may be exhausting. Each day you may be monitoring your body for signs of early pregnancy or for signs that you feel may mean your menstrual bl...

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Coastal IVF Sunshine Coast Good News Story - Peter Jackson

10 April 2014

Coastal IVF’s Scientific Director, Peter Jackson, has recently been appointed an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Late last year he was involved in the development and teaching of a new course in Clinical Embryology. Initially the Clinical Embryology course was run as a S...

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What is unexplained infertility?

3 April 2014

Unexplained infertility is when the cause of a women’s infertility has not been identified. Often after careful and thorough investigation, by an appropriate fertility expert such as Doctor Paul Stokes, a cause can be found and a diagnosis made. Once a diagnosis has been made appropriate treatment can b...

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Sunshine Coast: Coastal IVF's Good News Story Oliver Dawson

27 March 2014

Another good news story for the team at Sunshine Coast’s Coastal IVF....A beautiful baby boy for Nick and Rebecca. They would like to say “A big thank you to Dr Stokes, Jayne and staff, Nick and I are grateful for our little miracle, Oliver Nicholas Dawson who was born on 24/1/14”. ...

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When do I Ovulate?

22 March 2014

Listen to your body... Cramps in your lower abdominal area usually on one side, can indicate ovulation. Some women have a light bleeding during ovulation. Chart your Basal Body Temperature During the first half of a cycle, your temperature will be lower. A temperature spike points to ovulation. Changes in...

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Sunshine Coast: Coastal IVF's Good News Story Mullaly Family

13 March 2014

Ray and Gloria Mullaly are proud parents of baby Reuben James Mullaly who was born on 8th Jan at 41wks 3.278kg. He is 8 days old in the photo.  This is their message "Thank you to Coastal IVF for their care and support. We were able to make informed decisions before and during the pregnancy as well as on...

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How to cope when everyone around you is pregnant?

5 March 2014

Just like when you are buying a car and you see that brand of car everywhere (but never noticed it before), likewise this occurs when you are trying to fall pregnant. All of a sudden all your friends, co-worker,s or even worse a close relatives conceive....and it feels like even the staff & customers at y...

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Coastal IVF Sunshine Coast Philosophy

26 February 2014

Our aim, at Coastal IVF Sunshine Coast, is to make our patients feel comfortable and self-confident. Only the best quality is something we strive for each day, improving constantly to be at the forefront of new technologies in reproductive medicine. However, we do not only provide quality with our results, bu...

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Sunshine Coast: Coastal IVF's Good News Story

19 February 2014

Good News Story - Chapman Family Bethany aged 2 1/2 (born 12th March 2011) and Evan aged 1 (4th December 2012) to very proud parents Adam and Leaha Chapman. Leaha explains “Both babies were a result of treatment from Coastal IVF. Thanks again guys, we can't thank Paul and Jane enough!” If y...

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10 Tips to Help Couples Experiencing Infertility

12 February 2014

Thursday Oct 17, 2013 by Jan Silvermanhttp://www.helpwevegotkids.com/toronto/articles/familymedicine/tips-for-couples-with-infertility The team at Coastal IVF Sunshine Coast recognise that experiencing infertility can be a traumatic and stressful time for any couple. We found this great article by Jan Silver...

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Sunshine Coast: Coastal IVF's Good News Story

5 February 2014

Farrugia Family Eli was was born to parents Daniel and Jayde Farrugia on the 7th September 2013. Jayde expresses her feelings “We are so blessed because of Coastal IVF’s talented people. I look at my beautiful boy Eli and give thanks to Dr Stokes and Jayne everyday.” If you are ...

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Endometriosis - What is Endometriosis?

29 January 2014

Endometriosis occurs when tissue normally found inside the uterus grows in other parts of the body. It may attach to the ovaries, fallopian tubes, the exterior of the uterus, the bowel, or other internal structures. As hormones change during the menstrual cycle, this tissue breaks down and may cause painful...

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Sunshine Coast: Coastal IVF's Good News Story

23 January 2014

Emily, Vaughn & Courtney Tarrant This is a photo of parents Vaughn & Emily with their daughter Courtney who was born on 20 December 2010. She was a great Christmas present! The family are now living in New Zealand so Courtney can get to know her “Kiwi family better” Emily shares &ldq...

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Working during pregnancy

15 January 2014

Working during pregnancy Different cultures have different expectations on the mother-to-be and whether they should continue to work. If you work in a culture that requires you to continue to work, knowing how to best manage symptoms and stay healthy while getting the job done will make your pregnancy that m...

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Riding the relationship roller-coaster of IVF

8 January 2014

We found this great article from Kasey Edwards who is the author of Thirty-Something and The Clock is Ticking: What Happens When You Can No Longer Ignore The Baby Issue (Random House) www.kaseyedwards.com.  IVF takes its toll on your body, your emotional state and your hip pocket. Your marriage is also ...

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IVF children do not have higher risk of cancer, study finds.

1 January 2014

National Monitor, Rina Shah | November 11, 2013 IVF children do not have higher risk of cancer, study finds. This study was the largest, population-based study of its kind. A new study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, examined data on children born in the U.K. between 1992 and 2008 as a r...

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Good News Stories : IVF Baby Sunshine Coast

25 December 2013

Good News Stories : IVF Baby Sunshine Coast The photo of this gorgeous baby has been hi-lighted as our Christmas cover image this month.   Congratulations to Selina & Leanne who gave birth to a beautiful baby girl Evie. Evie arrived on the 8th of October weighing 2.9kg by C-section. Leanne is quo...

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Conception tips from Coastal IVF Sunshine Coast

18 December 2013

Top conception tips While some women conceive and fall pregnant quickly and easily, for many women the process can be frustratingly slow and painfully emotional - after all, the big moment should be coming to the decision that you're ready for a baby - not the mechanics of how you're actually going to fall p...

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Study finds no fertility drug, ovarian cancer link

11 December 2013

(Reuters Health) - Despite lingering concerns that using fertility drugs might raise a woman's chances for later developing ovarian cancer, new research suggests the drugs don't contribute any added risk. "One important message is women who need to use fertility drugs to get pregnant should not worry about u...

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Top 5 reasons that may affect fertility

4 December 2013

The road to conception is often harder than couples anticipate. It can be very frustrating. Sunshine Coast’s Coastal IVF’s goal is to provide women with every chance to experience the joy of a healthy conception. Here are 6 potential reasons for infertility, many of which are affected by environme...

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Know your menstrual (period) cycle : How your period affects your fertility

27 November 2013

Your menstrual cycle The average length of a woman’s menstrual cycle is 28 days; however, the menstrual cycle can range from 25 to 36 days. There are three phases in a woman’s menstrual cycle. Day 1 of the first phase of a woman’s menstrual cycle is the first day of her period, also known ...

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Good News Stories : IVF Twin Babies Sunshine Coast

20 November 2013

Two more gorgeous good news stories from Coastal IVF.... The Caldow family, parents Nicola and Jason welcomed Rylee Elizabeth (2.27kg) and Alexi Jane (2.44kg) at 38 weeks on the 22/10/2013. Both arrived naturally and full term with Dr Paul Stokes and the team at Sunshine Coast Private hospital's expertise ...

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Top 2 Reasons Smoking is affecting your fertility

13 November 2013

With all the advertisements and literature, by now you will have heard time and time again that smoking is bad for you. So it probably comes as no surprise that it affects the fertility of both women and men. The toxins contained in cigarettes not only take a toll on the lungs, but also on the entire body's h...

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When am I fertile?

6 November 2013

One of the most helpful tools when trying to conceive is learning exactly when you're the most fertile. Whilst a viable egg can only be fertilized for around 24-hours, sperm can survive for days inside a woman's body. Learning when you are most likely to conceive can prevent many of the common frustrations ar...

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The Birds & The Bees

30 October 2013

If someone asks you how to get pregnant, you would probably answer: Have sex (or would like to answer this). But it’s really not that simple. It helps in your family-building journey to really understand how a woman gets pregnant. Here is the basic outline: 1 A woman has two ovaries, which are attache...

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More on Male infertility

23 October 2013

What is classified as a low sperm count? A low sperm count is defined as fewer than 20 million sperm per millilitre of semen, and this, along with poor quality sperm, accounts for infertility in around 20 per cent of couples. Up to a fifth of young men have a low sperm count, and the number is increasing. W...

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Who should consider fertility consultation:

16 October 2013

1 - Women or couples who have not been able to conceive after 6 months (immediately for females over 38), 2 - Women with known fertility issues (infertility). For example no ovulation, endometriosis, tubal disease, pelvic scaring or fibroids (although not limited to). 3 - Men with known fertility issues (in...

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Boy or girl? Doctor says parents should have a choice

9 October 2013

Journalist - Kathy Sundstrom http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/let-parents-pick-gender/2024139/ A LEADING Sunshine Coast IVF specialist believes parents should have the right to choose the sex of their baby in a science lab.And Dr Paul Stokes, from Coastal IVF in Maroochydore, says it is only a matt...

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Fascinating Pregnancy Facts

25 September 2013

At Sunshine Coast’s Coastal IVF Clinic we know all the facts and myths about pregnancies. You may wonder why so many ladies choose our obstetrician services? We are a full-service clinic, we have our own ultrasound machine which means if in the off chance there is a concern, we don’t need to send ...

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Stress of Infertility

18 September 2013

At Coastal IVF, Sunshine Coast we believe that being aware of all the factors that can cause infertility is important, but want is most pertinent is that you and your partner need a great well-rounded fertility clinic that offers all resources to you and takes the stress out of a stressful and frustrating sit...

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Infertility Is Not Rare Part 2 (continued)

11 September 2013

Investigation and Treatment Options The investigation of infertility basically involves a couple. Both partners should attend the interview. In the history of the infertile couple questions relating to general health, medications, lifestyle and reproductive health are asked. Both partners are examined. The ...

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Infertility Is Not Rare Part 1

4 September 2013

Anyone with a sex life knows fertility control is an issue for every relationship. Most couples want to plan when they have children and, most of the time, fertility control is about preventing pregnancy. But what if you want a child, and conception doesn't happen? Most people think they will conceive almost...

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Coastal IVF the all-rounder in treatment on the Sunshine Coast

28 August 2013

My name is Kirrily, I started seeing Dr Paul Stokes of Coastal IVF Clinic back in January 2005 when I was 31 years of age after being referred by my GP. When in discussions with my GP I told her I only wanted to see the best Sunshine Coast IVF/fertility specialist...and was immediately referred to Dr Paul Sto...

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Life has changed

21 August 2013

In our parents' day most women were married and had at least one kid by the age of 25. That seems like a lifetime ago. These days in Australia most women give birth in their 30s. While they may be in a better position financially and perhaps mentally – in a more stable relationship, with a higher incom...

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Coastal IVF Good News Stories

14 August 2013

After nearly 2 years of trying IVF, Kelly Elliott finally became pregnant and had the most relaxed and easy pregnancy. Reeve Matthew Elliott came into the world 27/12/12 with the amazing help of Dr Paul Stokes as fertility specialist and obstetrician, Peter Jackson (Scientific Director), Jayne (IVF Nurse Co-o...

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Gentleman You are what you eat!

7 August 2013

We've heard it time and again: "You are what you eat". But the real question should be are a man's sperm affected by what he eats? One in six couples have difficulty becoming pregnant, and around half the time it's because of a problem with the man's sperm, says Dr Paul Stokes of Coastal IVF. And sometimes sp...

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How to Choose an Obstetrician

31 July 2013

Top 5 questions you need to ask yourself before choosing your obstetrician: 1 - Your health history Do you have any chronic illnesses ­– such as high blood pressure, epilepsy, heart disease, or diabetes – or previous complications that may require special care? If so, ask the doctors you're ...

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Fibroids - fast facts

24 July 2013

At some time in their lives approximately 3 out of four women will have fibroids or myomas - tumours within the muscle of the uterus which are usually benign (not cancerous). Their exact cause is something of a mystery, but their growth is thought to be related to the hormones oestrogen and progesterone. They...

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Couch potatoes have lower sperm counts

17 July 2013

Men who watch television for 20 hours per week have almost half the sperm count of those who watch very little television or none at all, according to a study published on Tuesday. US researchers recruited 189 young men aged between 18 to 22, questioned them about their exercise, diet and TV habits and asked...

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Endometriosis - Part 4 of 4

10 July 2013

Treatment There are two approaches to treatment: drugs and surgery. Drugs These don't cure the condition, but they do suppress the symptoms. There are two types: painkillers (generally mild analgesics an/or anti-inflammatory drugs) and hormonal treatments. The latter are synthetic hormone tablets which inh...

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Endometriosis - Part 3 of 4

3 July 2013

The continued article by Peter Lavelle Symptoms The symptoms vary enormously depending on how severe the disease is, and where the tissue is located – at certain locations, for example the pouch of Douglas, the symptoms may be more severe. Someone with endometriosis may have: Pain. This is usual...

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Endometriosis - Part 2 of 4

26 June 2013

The next 2 weeks we will continue along the learning of what Endometriosis is. We found this brilliantly written article by by Peter Lavelle who explains it in easily understandable terms. We hope you agree. Endometrium is the name given to the inside lining of the cavity of the uterus (the womb). But in a p...

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Endometriosis - Part 1 of 4

19 June 2013

Only recently has endometriosis come to light thanks to only a few celebrities, namely Susan Sarandon, Jillian Michaels from The Biggest Loser, Hillary Clinton and The Spice Girls Emma Bunton. For those who have experienced endometriosis you are normally told “this is a normal part of a female cycle&rdq...

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Coping with infertility

12 June 2013

Finding out that either you or your partner is infertile, or sub-fertile, can be a traumatic experience. One or both of you may experience feelings of guilt, anger, blame, denial, self-pity or jealously, this may place stress on your relationship. These feelings are common and IVF clinics provide counselling ...

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Our miracle IVF baby

5 June 2013

Our miracle IVF baby - the story of a couple with dreams of a family... By Ruth Ruane direct excerpt from From HealthSmart Magazine December 2010 After 14 years together, and two heartbreaking failed attempts at IVF, Ruth and Martin Ruane’s dreams of a family finally came true. You always assume you&...

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Here are 10 things you should know about IVF:

29 May 2013

 1. Success rates Australian fertility clinics achieve amongst the highest success rates in IVF in the world. Coastal IVF Sunshine Coast is constantly amongst the top performing clinics in Australia. However, an individual couple's chance of success depends on a number of factors such as the cause of in...

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IVF Down Under

22 May 2013

According to the latest report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, there were 70,000 cycles of IVF used by Australian and New Zealand women in 2009. The live birth rate was almost 27 per cent for women aged 30-40, but decreased to less than 1 per cent for women aged over 44. Despite this, on...

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Honouring IVF pioneer

18 May 2013

We felt that we should honor IVF pioneer Robert Edwards via this article from The Guardian. Robert Edwards died at aged 87 on the 10th April 2013. Edwards co-developed technique that has helped bring more than 4 million children into the world. Sir Robert Edwards, whose pioneering IVF technique has helped b...

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How does smoking affect fertility or infertility?

6 May 2013

As stated in previous blogs, smoking has a significantly adverse effect on fertility. If you are currently smoking and trying to fall pregnant this is for you. The impact of smoking on women. Smoking has been proven to have a negative effect on numerous independent parameters of female reproductive capacit...

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Why aren't you pregnant? Infertility for her & him.

2 May 2013

When the time comes to have a child, there is an expectation that it will just happen, it did for your mother and father, sister, friends, cousins, so why wouldn’t it for you! Unfortunately for many pregnancy doesn’t occur that quickly nor simply. Infertility can be very frustrating, so when it ...

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Vitamin D link to improved IVF outcome.

29 April 2013

The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology recently reported on two US studies that suggest Vitamin D may be linked to improved IVF outcomes. In one study Vitamin D deficiency was suggested to be associated with lower pregnancy rates, with the study indicating that there may be a link between ...

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Fertility - Infertility - find out the truth

25 April 2013

Long abstinence Improves sperm equality?False. Exactly the opposite is true! Long abstinence results in lower quality sperm as the ratio of immotile spermatozoa increases. Alcohol has a negative effect on the male reproductive function?True. Studies have shown that excess consumption of alcohol may adversely...

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Causes of Infertility Part 8 of 8

22 April 2013

Combination infertility: This is used to describe couples who have both male and female infertility problems, or when one partner has more than one fertility problem. Possible symptoms - Symptoms vary, depending on causes. Possible solutions - Once all infertility causes are determined, appropriate treatm...

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Causes of Infertility Part 7 of 8

18 April 2013

Unexplained fertility: This catch-all term is used when after a full-series of tests and assessment there isn’t a cause for infertility has not been diagnosed. Use of the term varies between IVF clinics. The National Average for Unexplained Infertility is reported as being around 25%. At Coastal IVF ou...

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Causes of Infertility Part 6 of 8

15 April 2013

Continued Male infertility: Sperm problems: Low or no sperm counts, poor sperm mobility, and abnormally-shaped sperm can all cause infertility. Possible symptoms - None. Possible solutions - Fertility drugs may boost sperm production. Other options include injecting sperm directly into the egg (ICSI) or in...

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Causes of Infertility Part 5 of 8

11 April 2013

Male Infertility: The next three blogs will discuss male infertility. Male tube blockages: Any obstructions in the vas deferens or epididymis (the tubes that transport fertile sperm). Possible symptoms - None. Possible solutions - Surgery to repair the varicoceles or other obstruction. Coastal IVF Su...

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Causes of Infertility Part 4 of 8

8 April 2013

Continuing with female infertility: Female tube blockages: Is when a fallopian tube is blocked or damaged and prevent eggs from getting to the uterus and sperm from getting to the egg. The leading causes include pelvic inflammatory disease and sexually transmitted diseases. Possible symptoms - None Possibl...

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Causes of Infertility Part 3 of 8

4 April 2013

Continuing with female infertility: Poor egg quality:Eggs can become damaged or develop abnormalities and therefore cannot sustain a development of the early embryo leading to early pregnancy failures. This problem is often age-related (egg quality declines significantly in the late 30s and early 40s). Poss...

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Causes of Infertility Part 2 of 8

1 April 2013

Continuing with female infertility: Ovulation problems: During normal ovulation a ripe egg (ovum) is released from the ovary. The egg is released when the cavity surrounding it (the follicle) breaks open in response to a hormonal signal. Ovulation occurs around 14 or 15 days from the first day of the woman...

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Causes of Infertility Part 1 of 8

28 March 2013

Approximately one in six couples face difficulties in conceiving a baby. If you have had unprotected sex for more than 12 months or for those who are over 35, six months and are still not pregnant, you may begin to wonder if you are infertile. If you decide to seek medical help, the best thing to do is see y...

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