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In vitro fertilisation IVF has helped many thousands of people realise their dream of having a baby. Remarkably, around 1 in 6 couples have trouble conceiving naturally and increasing numbers are turning to IVF.
When couples are having trouble conceiving, the spotlight tends to fall first on the female’s reproductive system. But male infertility is alarmingly high, and is often the source of the problem.
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Narration Already there are indications that this decline is happening.
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Dr Maryanne Demasi What about in Australia?
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