1-7 November 2017

Join us for fertility discussions, advice & support

Making Babies with help
 
 
 

Making Babies With Help

No luck so far? If you’ve been trying to conceive for a while with no luck, or have a medical condition which impacts fertility, you might want to look at the next options for making a baby.  This can be incredibly daunting and stressful.  Often, coming to terms with the reality that making a baby isn’t as easy as you imagined has its own grief attached.

 
 

We recommend that you take as much control as possible, and have a plan.

  1. You’re able to check all the lifestyle boxes (weight, alcohol, stress, an understanding of your age, etc) described in ‘Making Babies, DIY’.  You can identify the fertile window and you feel confident about your general health.   Even if you are years into a fertility journey, this information is essential!!
  2. If you have been trying to conceive for 12 months (9 months if the woman is over 35, and 6 months if the woman is over 40), see your GP for preliminary tests
  3. If you meet the eligibility criteria, your GP can refer you for a consultation with a fertility specialist, or you can make a private appointment
  4. You are considering, or undergoing fertility treatment

Treatment

  • If you’ve been trying to conceive for a while with no luck, or have a medical condition which impacts fertility, you might want to look at the next options for making a baby.  This can be incredibly daunting and stressful.  Often, coming to terms with the reality that making a baby isn’t as easy as you imagined has its own grief attached.
  • We recommend that you take as much control as possible, and have a plan.
  • Ensure you’re able to check all the lifestyle boxes (weight, alcohol, stress, an understanding of your age, etc) described in ‘Making Babies, DIY’.  You should be able to identify the fertile window and you feel confident about your general health.   Even if you are years into a fertility journey, this information is essential!
  • If you have been trying to conceive for 12 months (9 months if the woman is over 35, and 6 months if the woman is over 40), see your GP for preliminary tests
  • If you meet the eligibility criteria, your GP can refer you for a consultation with a fertility specialist, or you can make a private appointment
  • A couple where the woman is aged 30 has around a 47% chance of a baby from one IVF cycle.  If the woman is aged 40, this drops to 23%
  • Egg freezing may become an option for those wishing to delay parenthood, but it is expensive. In women aged 35 or younger, one egg freezing cycle may give up to a 50% chance of a child from using frozen eggs later (this varies depending on the number of eggs obtained)

Read more on fertility treatment...

Making Babies with help Webinar

Join us here for this free-of-charge webinar.  There will be presentation live on screen, followed by Q&A.  Bring your questions, ready to type into the box!  View the full Webinar schedule here

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The Emotional Impact of Treatment

An overview of the impact that fertility treatment often has on women and men

Open News Page

Risks of treatment

All fertility treatment carries some risk.  Be fully informed - read about the risks here

Funding

Requirements for publicly funded treatment differ slightly by District Health Board, but these criteria include:

  • The couple have been trying to conceive for at least twelve months (for single people and same-sex couples, refer to ‘Making Babies with Donors and Surrogates’)
  • If there is no diagnosed reason for infertility (‘unexplained infertility’), the couple must have been trying to conceive for four years
  • Woman’s age 39 or less at time of consultation
  • Woman’s BMI 32 or less
  • Woman must be a non-smoker (at least three months prior to application)
  • NZ citizenship, residency or visa of at least two years’ in duration (for both partners)