Trying to fall pregnant without success is more common than you think. In fact, about one in six Australian couples will have baby-making issues at some point in their lives. Seeing a fertility specialist can put you on the path to parenthood.
Fertility is a couple’s issue. The causes of infertility are split equally between men and women, as well as a combination of factors on both sides of the bed. That means the path to parenthood involves understanding the health and medical conditions of the male and female partner, to get to the bottom of why you’re not falling pregnant. With support and advice from Dr Winder, who is affiliated with Genea, world leaders in fertility treatment, you might be able to start planning that baby shower after all.
When should I see a fertility specialist?
- Under 35: when you’ve been having regular, unprotected sex for 12 months without conceiving
- Over 35: when you’ve been having regular, unprotected sex for six months without conceiving
- First step: both partners will need a referral from a GP to see a fertility specialist
- Initial consultation: we’ll explore your full family, medical and surgical history
The first consultation will be an in-depth discussion about your health and lifestyle. For many couples, fertility issues can be traced to lifestyle, things such as alcohol, smoking, weight, stress, or a number of other factors. From there tests such as a semen analysis for men, and for women, investigating the possibility of polycystic ovarian syndrome, premature menopause, issues in the fallopian tubes, and other ovulation disorders. For both male and female. Depending on your joint assessment and diagnosis, Dr Winder can provide advice and guidance for natural conception and treatment options for assisted conception.
Assisted conception options
- Intrauterine insemination (IUI) and ovulation induction <links to Genea site?>
- In vitro fertilization (IVF)
- Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
- Freezing and fertility preservation
- Donor and surrogacy
Dr Winder will be able to advise you on the best assisted conception for your circumstances, the process, and the costs involved.