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Egg Freezing

Human sperm and embryos have been routinely cryopreserved in conjunction with Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) programmes since the first birth from frozen - thawed human sperm was reported in 1953 and the first pregnancy after cryopreservation of a human embryo was reported in 1983. Successful cryopreservation of human oocytes has proved more difficult. Because of their size and unique structural characteristics oocytes are more susceptible to damage during freezing than sperm or embryos.

Sperm Donations

The analysis of a man's semen is easy, cheap, not too inconvenient and tells the doctor immediately the number of sperm present (total count), whether they move (their motility) and if so how well, and what they look like (their morphology). Other aspects of the examination include the volume and consistency of the ejaculate produced, whether an infection is present in the genital tract and if Antisperm antibodies are suspected.

Zika Virus March 2016

Zika is a mosquito-borne infection caused by the Zika virus. Although Zika is usually a non-severe illness concerns have been raised that infection with Zika virus in pregnant women might cause certain congenital abnormalities. The knowledge about any causal link between Zika virus and these outcomes is evolving and further studies are required.

Update February 2015

Concept is assisting with a research project entitled "Attitudes to Disclosure About Donor Conception".

Update February 2013

PhD Project: The effect of male age on oxidative stress in human sperm. This is an ongoing project being undertaken by Su-Ann Koh through The University of Western Australia, School of Anatomy and Human Biology. The supervisors are Dr Kathy Sanders and Dr Peter Burton. This project is near completion and Su-Ann will submit her thesis in first quarter of 2013.

Project Three 2012

At Concept we conduct clinical reviews of aspects of fertility treatments to ensure our clinical protocols offer our patients the best possible outcomes. For example in 2009, Dr Mazzucchelli, Assistant Professor Sanders and Dr Burton's research on the administration of progesterone during frozen embryo transfer cycles was awarded the best poster at the annual Fertility Society of Australia conference.

Project Two 2012

Male infertility is present in a third of couples attending IVF clinics in Australia and combined male and female causes occur in another 40% of couples. In a high number of these cases the cause of the male infertility is not known. In recent years it has become apparent that a harmful process known as oxidative stress can cause male infertility. Specifically, increased oxidative stress levels are associated with abnormal sperm movement, increased sperm DNA damage and decreased fertility levels.

Project One 2012

Whether donor conceived children should be informed of their method of conception, and how much information about the donor should be released to the child are questions that are still continually debated. Parents, donors and offspring all have different interests and views on these issues and few studies have looked at this issue in Australia.

Honours Project 2012

At Concept we conduct clinical reviews of aspects of fertility treatments to ensure our clinical protocols offer our patients the best possible outcomes. For example in 2009, Dr Mazzucchelli, Assistant Professor Sanders and Dr Burton's research on the administration of progesterone during frozen embryo transfer cycles was awarded the best poster at the annual Fertility Society of Australia conference.
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