Natalie, did you know 1 in 6 couples have difficulty conceiving...
If it is taking you longer than expected to conceive you’re not necessarily doing anything wrong. Infertility is a medical condition that affects 1 in 6 Australian couples so it’s important to know when to ask for help.
We recommend that you seek advice from your GP or a fertility specialist after 12 months of trying if you are under 35 years of age, or after 6 months if you are over 35.
However if at any point you are worried about your fertility, don't delay. Trust your instincts and seek help. Let's look at some places you can go to for advice...
Visit your local GP
GPs are often the first point of contact for anyone wishing to conceive as they will carry out many of your pre-pregnancy screening tests. They also play an important role in the preliminary investigations if you’re struggling to get pregnant.
Your GP will typically make an initial assessment based on how long you’ve been trying to conceive, the length of your menstrual cycle, pregnancy history, determine ovulation and order a semen analysis for your partner.
GPs may even recommend some lifestyle changes, such as dietary changes and exercising, in particular if your BMI exceeds the recommended range. If your GP determines that your situation warrants further investigation, they will suggest a referral to a specialist.
Here are some suggestions for things to discuss with your GP:
- Length of time you have been trying
- How long they suggest you keep trying naturally
- What fertility tests they recommend
- If you've had a previous STD, termination or miscarriage
- If you know or suspect you have a common fertility issue such as PCOS
- If you are feeling stressed or anxious about not falling pregnant
Join the webinar on Wednesday night or attend a fertility seminar
On Wednesday 8th Feb at 6:30pm AEDT we are holding a live webinar where you can receive expert advice if you're having trouble conceiving and ask a fertility expert questions directly. Register for the webinar >
We also run regular fertility seminars around NSW where you can meet our specialists face to face and get your fertility questions answered. View upcoming seminars >
Book an appointment with a fertility specialist
You may be surprised that by simply getting help to accurately time intercourse, or by regulating ovulation, you will be able to conceive naturally.
There are simple treatments such as ovulation tracking, ovulation induction or intrauterine insemination (IUI) that can be effective.
It’s important to remember that seeing a specialist is not a fast track to IVF. A fertility specialist can conduct simple tests and work with you to find out what’s happening, explore all your options and help you fall pregnant sooner.
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Get fit for fertility
Train with the BUF Girls
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This brings us to the end of our 4 week fertility program. You should now have a better understanding of your fertility, what can affect it and how to improve your chances of conceiving.
If you would like more advice or guidance please call us on 1800 111 483 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
We hope that 2017 is the year you fall pregnant!
In case you missed it
Here's a link to the previous week's content:
- Week 1: Let's make it your year >
- Week 2: Pre-pregnancy health & lifestyle >
- Week 3: Common fertility issues >
Free Fertility Seminars
Upcoming fertility seminars in NSW for people who have been trying to fall pregnant and want to learn more about their fertility and how to improve their chances of conceiving.
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