The information on the website is divided into two major sections: Breast Cancer and Fertility and Fertility Options.
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Fertilising an egg outside a woman’s body by adding sperm to make an embryo. IVF stands for In Vitro Fertilisation.The time in a women's menstrual cycle when an egg is released from her ovaries.When a pregnancy stops growing and the tissue passes out of the body.Breast cancer that has not spread to distant parts of the body.A breast cancer that uses hormones to grow.Sex without the use of contraception such as condoms.Heat, sweating, and flushing that often affect the face and chest.Where germs, bacteria or viruses that are not usually in the body, get into the body and make a person sick.A man who gives his sperm to be used by a single woman or couple.Hormones given to women going through IVF or egg freezing to help grow eggs.Where unborn babies grow until birth, inside a woman’s pelvis. Also called a uterus.A method of looking at the inside of the body by using a special machine.A medication used to treat breast cancer. A type of hormonal treatment.Taking hormones to help the eggs in your ovaries grow.A drug taken that stops the ovaries from growing eggs.Using very strong and powerful beams of radiation/energy to kill and/or slow cancer cells in the breast.Part of the ovary.A doctor who treats cancer.A type of hormone.The monthly changes that happen naturally in a woman’s body and include ovulation and periods. Surgery to remove the whole breast.The Australian government system that helps to pay for medical treatments. When a woman’s periods stop for the rest of her life. Surgery to remove the breast tumour or "lump" in the breast.Fertilising an egg by injecting a single sperm directly into the egg.Types of birth control that involves hormones being taken in a pill, injection or implant.A drug that helps to fight cancers with a gene called HER2.A hormone that tells the ovaries to develop and release eggs.Talking to a professional counsellor to get information and support about health concerns which run in your family.Medical treatments to help a person increase their chances of having a baby in the future.A part of a cell that controls the appearance, growth, etc., of a living thing.Where a woman’s egg joins with a sperm.Something that is still being researched to find out if it is helpful or not. Also called hormonal therapy - drugs given to women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer to lower the chances of the cancer coming back.Placing an embryo into a woman’s womb. A surgery done to collect eggs from the ovary with the help of an ultrasound and a needle. Sperm that has been donated by a man to a fertility clinic.A physical problem in a baby at birth, usually because of an extra chromosome.Any method used to lower the chances of becoming pregnant.Finding out that you have a certain illness.Treatments that help people to get pregnant and have a baby.A method of freezing eggs, embryos or tissue by using very low temperatures.A meeting with someone at a set time and place.Therapy that is not standard, medical treatment. Often they are not scientifically tested or proven.Type of drugs used in treating breast cancer.When a woman stops having periods.Clinical trials are experiments or observations done in clinical research.A chemical drug treatment to kill or slow growing cancer cells.An egg that has not joined with a sperm.When a woman’s egg joins with a sperm.When a woman’s egg joins with a sperm.The inability to get pregnant within 12 months of tryingThe ability to get pregnantThe product when an egg and a sperm join together. this is the earliest stage of development.Special chemicals made by the body to help it do certain thingsThe process where a woman agrees to give birth on behalf of someone else who cannot have children