Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after a year of regular unprotected intercourse, or the inability to carry pregnancies to a live birth. Learn more about infertility causes.
Fees for IVF and fertility treatments are rather complicated to explain and depend on your individual circumstances. To obtain an estimate of costs specifically tailored to your needs please come in for a free, private consultation.
ANZARD is the reporting body that collects and reports on all assisted reproductive technology cycles in Australia and New Zealand. For 2011, their reported clinical pregnancy rate per fresh embryo transfer is: 39.5% for women under the age of 35 and 23.3% for women over the age of 35.
Success rates vary from clinic to clinic and are largely dependent upon your individual circumstances. View our success rates or read more on the factors that influence your ability to achieve a successful pregnancy.
The main reasons are:
- Advancing age, predominantly women
- Fallopian tubes factors (blocked or damaged tubes, missing tubes)
- Sperm problems: Semen quality / low sperm count
- Ovulatory problems
- Hormonal factors
- Weight: Being overweight or underweight
- A condition known as Polycystic Ovaries (PCOs)
The first day of full heavy bleeding before midday is day one of your cycle.
This is dependent upon the length of cycle. In a 28 day cycle, ovulation should occur at day 14 and “fertile time” is approximately days 12 to 15 or 12 to 14 days before the expected date of the next period.
Female fertility decreases with age. At approximately age 38, the pregnancy rate using assisted reproductive medicine is halved.
The miscarriage rate increases with age. At age 25, the miscarriage rate is 1 in 7. From ages 25-35, it’s 1 in 5. For women aged 36 to 40, the miscarriage rate is 1 in 3.
Learn more about IVF success rates factors.
A well balanced nutritional diet a minimum of 3-4 months prior to conception maximises your chance of conception and live birth. Folic acid taken daily reduces neural tube defects. Reducing stress improves ovulation and the chance of spontaneous conception. Recommended daily caffeine intake is 50mg per day. (Don’t forget caffeine is not only found in coffee, but also chocolate, tea, and some soft drinks to name just a few). More than the daily recommended caffeine intake has been show to decrease fertility.
Smoking increases the incidence of infertility by 3 times and reduces the response to fertility drugs. Smoking also increases the risk of ectopic pregnancy and the miscarriage rate and has been associated with an increase in congenital abnormalities. There is no better reason to change your lifestyle – start today!
Visit “How To Judge IVF Success Rates” for more information.
Yes, absolutely! Ovulation can become infrequent or stop and periods can become irregular and/or heavy. Natural conception is reduced when you are overweight. Therapies to help ovulation are not as successful. There may be a higher chance of miscarriage. You may find our Fertility Diet Tips helpful.
This is a very common question that we are often asked. To help you make a decision, refer to our page on on Fertility Doctors.
Queensland is now able to legally offer altruistic surrogacy. Read more information about the Queensland Surrogacy Act 2010.
Surrogacy arrangements are very complex and as such Fertility Solutions has decided not to currently offer this treatment. There are clinics in Australia who do have extensive experience in surrogacy. If you think this is what you need, talk to your doctor for more information.
Embryos are only be allowed to be stored for a maximum of 10 years. Read our Position Statement – Storage and Disposal of Embryos.
Fertility Solutions provides gamete storage for 10 years with the option to renew consent for a further 5 years equating to a maximum of 15 years storage. Read our Position Statement – Storage of Sperm and Eggs.
Sperm Donation FAQ
Approximately one in eight couples with fertility issues requires donor sperm to assist them in becoming parents. For them to realise their dream of having a baby, the only option is often to access donated sperm. Sperm donors are urgently needed for the following reasons:
- Donor sperm is currently in extremely short supply in Queensland. Adoption in Australia is difficult due to very few children being available for adoption. Some couples, of course, choose to remain childless.
- Did you know that male infertility is responsible for about 30% of couples not being able to conceive? There are some males who do not produce any sperm and are not able to achieve a pregnancy with their partner. Male infertility has many causes including genetic, infections and trauma damage.
- To assist patients who have already conceived children using donor sperm and are wishing to extend their family and provide their child with sibling/s.
Men of all ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds can become sperm donors. This includes men of different heights, shapes and sizes, as long as you meet the few criteria below:
- You are over 21 and under 41 years of age.
- You are in good health and prepared to have regular blood tests
- You have a low risk for sexually transmitted diseases such as Hepatitis, HIV/AIDS.
- You can provide a family medical history.
- You are prepared to go through counselling (along with your partner if applicable)
- You are ideally currently not going through fertility treatment yourself
Some people in the community may not be able to donate because their lifestyle puts them at risk of contracting diseases that could infect the women receiving the donor sperm and any children conceived. As part of being accepted as a donor, a lifestyle declaration must be signed.
There are many reasons why men consider donating sperm, some of these reasons might include:
- To find out your own fertility status
- To help assist another couple realise their dream of becoming parents
While it is illegal in Australia to buy and sell human sperm (under the Human Tissue Act 1982), many fertility clinics are able to compensate the donor by way of a lump sum for any expenses you incur.
Please be assured that all services are provided in a completely discreet and confidential environment.
Thank you for reading this information and taking the time to consider becoming a sperm donor. You may not know it, but there are a lot of people that will be very grateful to you for just considering becoming a donor. Many individuals and couples would not be able to create a family without your help – so thank you. If you feel you have what it takes to be a sperm donor, we encourage you to contact us.
More Questions About Infertility or Sperm Donation? Get more info on becoming a sperm donor or feel free to call our office today on 1300 FERTILITY.