24-30 September 2018

Join us for fertility discussions, advice & support

Weight and Nutrition

Weight and Nutrition

Good nutrition and weight range are important for fertility

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Age and Fertility

Age and Fertility

Age is the most important factor when trying to conceive

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Timing of Sex

Timing of Sex

Understanding how to time sex for conception is your most important tool when trying to conceive!

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Lifestyle

Lifestyle

Your lifestyle can impact your chances of conception, a healthy pregnancy and baby

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Treatment

Treatment

Fertility treatment options in New Zealand

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Fertility Week: Discover your Chances is for all Kiwis planning for children - either in the distant future, or now.  It's about starting the discussion and raising awareness.  Join us from 24-30 September!

Fertility Week Ambassador

We are delighted to announce that Dame Valerie Adams will be the Ambassador of Fertility Week 2018.   Dame Valerie is an Olympic and Commonwealth shot put champion as well as a proud Pacific woman, wife and mother.  Dame Valerie will be sharing her story at the Auckland and Waikato events and on this site during Fertility Week.  You’ll also hear her promoting Fertility Week on radio stations around the country. 

Our heartfelt thanks to Dame Valerie and her whanau for endorsing our kaupapa and helping kiwis start the conversation about infertility, learn vital facts as well as when and where to seek help.  

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Vanessa's story

Waiting for a miracle

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Lisa's story

'Infertility broke us' - Lisa reflects on the tough road that led to baby Chelsea

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What are your chances?

New Zealanders don't know enough about their fertility.   Fertility Week challenges young New Zealanders to start the conversation about fertility, and learn a few vital facts.  We aim to help all New Zealanders who want to build families - either yesterday, today or in the future, maximise their chances of having the family they dream of.

  

A couple is regarded as having a fertility problem when they have not conceived after 12 months of regular unprotected sexual intercourse or when they have a medical condition which can affect fertility, such as irregular periods.  Infertility is a medical condition recognised by the World Health Organisation.

There are many contributors of infertility; common problems include poor sperm quality, damaged fallopian tubes, endometriosis and hormonal imbalances – to name a few. 

Infertility is not just a female problem – in about 40% of infertile couples the problem is a female factor, in about 40% it is a male one and for the remaining 20% there is a joint problem, or the cause is unknown.

There are many different forms of whanau in today's society, some of which are made possible with the help of donors and surrogates.  

By the age of 45, 1 in 5 NZ women and couples who try to have a baby will experience infertility.  Most people who will experience infertility will have the child or children they want if they enter their reproductive years with good information – such as the importance of woman’s age, acting sooner rather than later, the importance of lifestyle, treatment options.  Know your chances, and improve your chances!

Who is affected by infertility?
  • As many as one in Four NZers experience infertility
  • Infertility is equally attributable to male and female issues
  • IVF has up to 50% likelihood of a baby per cycle of treatment
  • Maori men and women are just as likely as non-Maori to experience infertility
  • Men and women with low incomes and/or less educated are just as likely to experience infertility and those who have higher incomes/qualifications 

Events and Webinars

Click here for a full rundown of what's on during Fertility Week!

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Hear Dame Valerie Adams tell her story in Auckland  and Waikato  during Fertility Week.  Numbers are strictly limited!  

Verity's story

Police Officer Verity reflects on the challenges of her fertility journey

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Julia's story

Julia reflects on infertility and describes it as a wound that is healing...

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Rachel and Gareth's story

Rachel and Gareth give their perspectives on their 9 year journey

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