One in six couples will have a fertility issue at some point in their lives and one in 10 couples will have trouble conceiving their second child. You are not alone.
Don’t panic, your fertility journey doesn’t have to be an express service straight to IVF. Some simple changes can improve your chance of conceiving naturally.
Whether you're just starting out or you've been trying for a while, it's important to remember the emotions, worries and thoughts you are trying to deal with are valid and common. You are not alone.
The World Health Organisation predicts that infertility will be the third most serious health condition in the 21st Century
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Are you a female struggling to conceive? Read through potential reasons why, or learn more about testing options.
With 40% of fertility issues being male related, it may be time to find out more.
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Established in February 2014, Genea Oxford Fertility offers Christchurch couples access to treatment options for all of their fertility needs.
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Your GP or Gynaecologist may have conducted some preliminary fertility testing or you might be coming straight to see a Genea Oxford Fertility Specialist to assess your fertility because you’re worried it’s taking too long to conceive.
Either way, there are a number of different tests you’re likely to need to undergo such as an AMH test, and most of them require a simple blood test.
Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) helps control a woman’s menstrual cycle and the production of eggs. Testing your FSH levels helps your Fertility Specialist evaluate your ovarian reserve or egg supply and the test will most likely be done on the third day of your menstrual cycle.
Luteinizing Hormone (LH) is linked to ovarian hormone production and egg maturation and your Fertility Specialist will use the test to see if you are ovulating and also to help measure your ovarian reserve.
Oestradiol is an important form of oestrogen (the primary female sex hormone). Your Fertility Specialist will use an oestradiol test to measure your ovarian function. It’s also likely to be done on the third day of your menstrual cycle.
Three weeks after your period, your Fertility Specialist might test your progesterone levels. Progesterone is the hormone which is produced by your ovaries when you ovulate. It triggers the endometrial lining of the uterus to thicken, making it a more receptive environment for a fertilised egg. So therefore, a progesterone test is used to find out if you’re ovulating.
Probably best known for its role in human milk production, prolactin is also key to our immune system and is involved in cell growth. In terms of your fertility, your Fertility Specialist will use a prolactin test to help find out why you’re not menstruating.
Every cell in your body depends upon thyroid hormones for regulation and good thyroid function is necessary for fertility. Your Fertility Specialist might test the level of your Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) and also test your antibody values to see if they are both in normal range.
An ultrasound helps your Fertility Specialist to check the health of the lining of your womb (called the endometrium) as well as check for fibroids or polyps or ovarian cysts. It may also be used to check that your fallopian tubes are open.
There’s a range of chromosome and genetic conditions which might be at the heart of your trouble getting pregnant. Genea Oxford’s laboratory conducts these tests to help determine if there is a genetic reason for your infertility:
There are some reports that women who carry the gene that can cause Fragile X syndrome in their offspring, can suffer from premature menopause. The Genea Oxford laboratory can conduct a Fragile X test that is available for the most common gene size.
Sometimes, even if you’re perfectly healthy, you might carry structural chromosome rearrangements in your genes (eg reciprocal translocation) that can cause difficulties in getting pregnant, can cause miscarriage, or can result in the birth of a child with abnormalities.
Your Genea Oxford Fertility Specialist will arrange a chromosome test for you and your partner if it’s suspected that’s what’s causing your trouble conceiving. All you need to do for the chromosome test is give a blood sample.
If you need more info, have questions or just want some advice on your next steps feel free to ask me.
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A benign tumour of the muscular wall of the uterus (the myometrium). More common with...
The hormone produced by the pituitary gland which controls growth of ovarian follicles and...
A hormone (gondatrophin) produced by the pituitary gland that triggers ovulation of a mature...
A hormone which plays a pivotal role in the ability of a woman to fall...
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