It is estimated that approximately one in ten couples will experience fertility problems after two years of trying to achieve a pregnancy and this may be due to male health problems, female health problems or combinations of health issues. Luckily many of the causes of infertility are understood and advances in assisted reproductive technology can now provide a solution for those unable to conceive.
When should you see a specialist about fertility?
- If the female partner is under 35 and the couple has been trying to conceive for more than 12 months.
- If the female partner is aged between 35 and 37 and the couple have been trying to conceive for 6 months and this is particularly if the male partner is more than five years older than the female partner.
- If the female partner is aged 37 or older investigation for potential causes of infertility should be checked particularly if the male partner is more than five years older than the female partner.
- If the female partner has irregular periods or either partner has a known fertility issue.
If you have concerns, it is still best to seek advice from your general practitioner.
What kind of specialist should you see?
For infertility issues, ask your general practitioner to refer you to see a specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist with a special interest in infertility or a specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist who has completed three years of extra training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility (called a CREI).
Steps to see a Care Fertility specialist
- Speak to your GP and ask for a referral for both partners to see a Care Fertility specialist. Your referral will entitle you to a rebate from Medicare, if you hold a Medicare card.
- Call or email the Care Fertility reception staff to book your first appointment.