The IVF journey can be a real roller coaster ride for couples. Having a reliable source of information can be extremely valuable on this journey.
In this podcast you will get invaluable insights into Dr (“Prof”) Michael Chapman’s IVF practice. You will learn valuable tips and solutions to dealing with infertility, how to maximise your success rate, the impact of age on fertility, and lots more. Feedback from listeners have reported real value in the help that the the podcast provides.
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184. Does “IVF Glue” make any difference in helping the embryo to attach?
What exactly is embryo glue? How does the enzyme work on the eggshell? Do studies suggest that this action is beneficial?
IVF Australia now tends to use embryo glue on all patients because our senior scientists believe that it’s beneficial.
What are the chances of a 44-year-old woman having a successful procedure if they use the IVF glue?
Ever heard of natural killer cells? Does an excess of these killer cells affect implantation? Will controlling them impact the process in any way?
If you're worried about going down the IVF path because the above questions have you... read more
183. Can same-sex couples, singles, or sterilized people still have babies?
Do same-sex couples in Australia face challenges having a baby?
It’s quite obvious that for a baby to be made, there needs to be an egg and a sperm. These can come from anybody as long as they’ve been screened in accredited IVF units. The embryo that’s created is then carried either by the surrogate, the egg donor, or the recipient.
What does the screening entail?
How are potential life-threatening issues like infections and previous medical conditions managed?
Going through an IVF clinic might be expensitve, but it’s safer... read more
182. Learn All There Is To About The Risk Of Miscarriage In Pregnancy
In this episode, Prof Chapman talks about miscarriage which is a very common occurrence. Unfortunately, most people don’t like to talk about it due to the emotional trauma that it brings.
The risk of miscarriage increases as a woman grows older. For women under 35, the rate is 1 in every 6 pregnancies - that’s about 15%. At 40 the rate goes up to 25% and at 45 it increases to 50%.
Did you know that most miscarriages (about 99%) occur within the first 12 weeks after conception?
Yup! So if you get past that you’re pretty safe.
Some... read more
181. Everything You Need To Know About Surgery And Fertility
In the past, surgery was widely used to correct pelvic anatomy.
But how successful is surgery as a way of correcting abnormalities of the uterus?
Has IVF changed in terms of the types of surgeries done today?
In this episode, Prof Chapman talks about endometriosis and how it affects fertility. Laparoscopy (keyhole surgery) is very helpful in removing the endometriotic cysts found in the ovaries.
Tune in to find out whether surgery is effective in eliminating endometriosis and whether the burning of the cysts affects the number of... read more
180. What’s the cost of IVF and what does it include?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions from the IVF Journey Podcast listeners.
Thanks to Medicare, Australians are very lucky when it comes to sorting out most of their medical bills. The taxpayer supports people struggling with infertility.
The out-of-pocket cost is between 4,500 to 5,000 per cycle in most premium bracket clinics in Australia. This cost includes getting nursing and an individual doctor doing all collection and transfer, seven days a week, etc.
However, public hospitals have been known to cut corners with costs and the prices here range from... read more