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Understanding fertility

Planning for your pregnancy

If you are thinking about pregnancy, visit your doctor for a preconception consult to provide you with expert advice on planning your pregnancy.

Good fertility health

Your age and your health can affect your chances of falling pregnant. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle may help you improve your fertility.

Preconception health for women

If you want to have a baby, being healthy is one of the best ways to improve your chances of falling pregnant and having a healthy baby.

Preconception health for men

There are a number of things men can do to improve their fertility and increase your chances of you and your partner falling pregnant.

Fertility tests

There are a number of tests that are available to determine your fertility.

Fertility treatments

There are a number of fertility treatments that are available to both and your partner if you are struggling to fall pregnant.

Infertility

Many people take time to fall pregnant, but infertility is when a woman doesn't fall pregnant after having 12 month of regular unprotected sex.

IVF

In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is a treatment for certain kinds of fertility issues. Knowing what to expect can make IVF easier to manage.

Trying for pregnancy after 35

If you’re over 35 and trying for a baby, there are a few things to think about.

Ovulation signs

Knowing when you ovulate and having sex at the right time is important when you are trying to fall pregnant.

Genetic counselling

Genetic counselling may be recommended for people who have a history of hereditary disorders. Find out why you might need counselling and what to expe...

Screening for carrier status

Screening for carrier status assesses whether you and your partner carry genes that could mean your baby is born with a health condition. Find out mor...

Folate and pregnancy

Folate and folic acid are important for pregnancy since they can help prevent birth defects known as neural tube defects, such as spina bifida.

Call us and speak to a Maternal Child Health Nurse for personal advice and guidance.

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