Archive for April 2014

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IVF treatment for single women on the rise

According to a report on use of assisted reproduction in the UK by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), a growing number of single women are accessing IVF treatment. The latest figures indicate that the number of single women accessing IVF doubled from 2007 to 2012 – an increase from 259 women to 632 […]

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One or two children? Deadlocked on our family size

My husband Stephen and I met through mutual friends when we were already both in our mid-30s. We had a whirlwind courtship, got engaged, and married within two years. We both knew that we wanted to have children – so we assumed that we had navigated the biggest hurdle. What I didn’t anticipate was that […]

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The no-baby boom: The increase in “social” childlessness

A recent article in Macleans magazine by Anne Kingston profiled the growing number of women who aren’t having children. Recent statistics show that one out of five women in the UK, Ireland, the US, Canada, and Australia are still childless into their mid-40s – twice as many as a generation ago. According to Jody Day, […]

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Man becomes father using sperm frozen before life-saving cancer treatment

Antony Allen, 41, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 17, and was required to undergo a year of life-saving chemotherapy. Allen was told that the cancer-fighting treatment would leave him infertile. His father, Les, encouraged him to freeze his sperm so that he would have an opportunity to become a father in the future. […]

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