Raising a family is an almost universal dream, but sadly infertility is more common that people think.
One in six Australian couples have difficulty conceiving. About one third infertility problems are with the woman, about one third are with the man and about one third are with both partners or the cause is unknown.
Not being able to conceive can be stressful and frustrating. The causes of female infertility are complex, and the related health conditions can have a major physical, emotional and financial impact on women and their families.
In addition to the personal emotional and financial toll, the costs of infertility treatment on the Australian healthcare system are substantial. In 2015, taxpayers contributed $254 million to infertility treatment.
What is infertility?
What causes infertility in women?
How can women improve their fertility?
Our female infertility research
Discoveries made by our leading reproductive scientists have underpinned advancements in many women’s gynaecological conditions and reproductive treatments. Our researcher’s discoveries have greatly enhanced the understanding of reproductive health in women including
- Menstruation including how changes in the endometrium impact female reproductive health
- Maternal-embryo cross-talk which is critical for implantation
- How healthy egg follicles are formed, stored and released
- How hormones influence follicle production
- Endometriosis and its potential causes
What factors influence ovarian function and female fertility?
Inflammation and infertility within the uterus
Molecular studies. A healthy endometrium is crucial for a successful embryo implantation and a healthy pregnancy. Dr Tracey Edgell’s research focuses on the endometrium which lines the uterus and provides for the initial attachment and development of an embryo. Dr Edgell is investigating inflammatory changes within the uterus impacting likelihood of conception that are associated with implantation failure and pregnancy loss in women with unexplained infertility, fibroids and endometriosis. By identifying these factors new treatments could be developed to improve the chances of achieving a successful pregnancy
What regulates steroid production in the fetus?
Female infertility news
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Female infertility collaborators
- Monash IVF
- Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Monash University – Dr Sally Catt
- Melbourne University
- Adelaide University
- ANZAC Research Institute
- South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (AMHRI)
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Support for people with female infertility
For more information about infertility, please talk to your doctor. Hudson Institute scientists cannot provide medical advice.
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