Truc: kick up a roe

Illustration: Tom Tsang

Of all the thousands of food columns I've written over the years, none has prompted more teasing by my friends than when I used the word "sperm".

Saturday, 17 November, 2012, 11:13pm 1 comment

New techniques in IVF

Illustration: Angela Ho

Henry and Patsy had been trying for a baby for almost a decade without success; every month brought renewed disappointment.

13 Nov 2012 - 9:14am

Health bites

Adding a missing protein to infertile sperm increases the chances of a successful pregnancy.

Scientists at Cardiff University in Wales are a step closer to treating male infertility with their latest discovery: adding a missing protein to infertile sperm can "kick-start" its ability to fertilise an egg and significantly increase the chances of a successful pregnancy. 

26 Sep 2012 - 4:54pm

Why is the Penis Shaped Like That?

Why is the Penis Shaped Like That? by Jesse Bering Transworld Digital (e-book)

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Placenta smoothie, anyone?

When Mina Bregman was having her third child, she had already decided she was going to eat the placenta after childbirth. It would not be the first time she had eaten her own afterbirth. Following her second pregnancy, the midwife dehydrated Bregman's placenta, processed it at a low temperature and ground it into powder form for consumption. But this time, it would be a little different.

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

One-child policy 'violates rights'

Fifteen mainland scholars and businessmen have called for an overhaul of the one-child policy, arguing it violates the constitution's guarantee of human rights.

The group, which includes eight law professors, made the request in a letter submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on Thursday.

7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Family planning

Miss Chan, who has a daughter, did not want to leave anything to chance when she decided to have another child a year ago. For a foolproof way to conceive a boy, she turned to a local consultancy which arranges for couples to undergo gender-specific artificial insemination in Thailand and US. After spending HK$180,000 and 10 days in Bangkok, the 26-year-old's wish came true six months ago.

3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Rich have traditional values on childbirth

Wealthy Hongkongers uphold traditional values when it comes to child birth, with most rejecting abortion, adoption or artificial insemination as family planning options despite their reluctance to have children.

11 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Surrogates here to stay

For wealthy mainland families, going overseas to give birth is just one of the many ways of evading Beijing's one-child policy. Using surrogate mothers is another - at least for the time being.

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Stand by me

Historically, women have been attended and supported by other women during labour. Yet in many places throughout the world, including Hong Kong - and because more women give birth in hospital than at home - continuous support during labour has become the exception rather than routine. Experts say this may contribute to the dehumanisation of women's birth experiences.

27 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Surgeons see rush for 12-12-12 babies

Private doctors expect to be fully booked for Caesarean sections on December 12 this year - or 12/12/12, the last triple such date of the century and a day some couples consider lucky or auspicious.

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

The first 48 hours

Two indicators - the duration of pregnancy and weight at birth - are used to define how premature a baby is, paediatrician Barbara Lam Cheung-cheung says.

Infants born at under 32 weeks (full term is 37 weeks) and weighing less than 1,500 grams are considered severely premature. Those under 28 weeks and less than 1,000 grams are considered more acutely premature.

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Male spiders who give their all for sex

What would you give up to have sex? For the males of the orb-web spider Nephilengys malabarensis, it's a stark choice - either your life or your sex organ.

The females of the species are incredibly aggressive, and they kill and eat their mates. So, to avoid becoming dinner, the males snap off their own genitals - either all or in parts - to make an escape.

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Doctor talking on phone - nurse

A nurse told an inquest yesterday she had seen an anaesthetist talking on the phone while treating a woman who was bleeding heavily after her baby was delivered.

Lau Bo-ping, who works at Baptist Hospital, giving evidence at the Coroner's Court, which is holding an inquest into the death of Yang Feng, 39.

16 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Scrambled egg with caviar and chives

If you don't have an egg topper - a specialised and expensive little tool that cuts a line around the circumference of the shell, making it easy to remove - then serve the eggs in small bowls.

Recipe 6 large, very fresh eggs, at room temperature

50ml cream

60 grams cold unsalted butter, cut in small pieces

20 Oct 2011 - 12:00am