6-12 September 2021

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Infertility in New Zealand

Any of us can face challenges building whānau

As many as 26% of New Zealanders will experience infertility during their lifetime

Infertility is defined as a lack of conception after 12 months unprotected intercourse, or difficulties retaining a pregnancy

IVF has around 30% chance of a baby per cycle of treatment

Infertility is equally attributable to male and female issues – 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

Māori men and women are just as likely as non-Māori to experience infertility

Secondary infertility (to people who already have one child or more) is just as common as primary infertility

Men and women with low incomes and/or less educated are just as likely to experience infertility as those who have higher incomes/qualifications 

Single people and those from the Rainbow community rely on the generosity of donors and surrogates to become parents

Infertility affects both urban and rural New Zealanders infertility is one of life’s most stressful events 

There are many causes of infertility; common diagnoses include poor sperm quality, count, motility; ovulation disorders; premature ovarian failure; endometriosis and hormonal imbalances – to name a few

Fertility declines with age for both women and men, although the effects are more dramatic and earlier for women

Treatments for fertility issues are many and varied. Some common treatments include medications to improve the production of eggs, surgery on the fallopian tubes to fix blockages, vasectomy reversal, insemination of the woman with either the partner’s sperm or with donor sperm (IUI), in vitro fertilisation (IVF) or IVF with intra cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)

Lifestyle improvement including optimising weight; exercising moderately and regularly; and eliminating smoking, drugs and minimising toxins, caffeine and alcohol can help chance of conception.  Some people try complementary treatments such as acupuncture and naturopathic treatment

Some New Zealanders qualify for publicly funded fertility treatment.  Criteria include BMI requirements, time trying to conceive, and number or presence of existing children