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The Patient Portal is exclusively made available to Queensland Fertility Group (QFG) patients, to allow them to share their experiences and support each other through their fertility treatments.

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Trouble falling pregnant?

If pregnancy is taking longer than expected for you and your partner, you’re not alone. One in six Australian couples experience difficulty conceiving.

It’s a common misconception that most pregnancy delays are caused by female issues. Many pregnancy delays are also caused by male issues, and some are caused by a combination of both male and female issues.

It’s important to remember that fertility is very much a couple’s game. If you and your partner are struggling to fall pregnant, it’s important that you get expert advice together.

What are some common causes of female fertility issues?

A woman’s fertility can be affected by many factors, including:

What are some common causes of male fertility issues?

Male fertility can be affected by:

  • abnormal sperm production
  • blocked / absent vas deferens (tubes)
  • the presence of sperm antibodies
  • sperm DNA fragmentation
  • genetic diseases such as Cystic Fibrosis

When should you see a Fertility Specialist?

If you are over 35 and have been trying to get pregnant for more than 6 months, or under 35 and have been for more than 12 months it’s time to seek the advice of a Fertility Specialist. If you have irregular periods, or are already aware that you have a fertility issue you should seek advice sooner.

What to expect at your first appointment

During your first appointment you and your partner will meet with an experienced and caring Fertility Specialist to discuss your medical history. Your doctor will typically ask you about your menstrual history, timing of intercourse, lifestyle factors, sexual issues and previous pregnancy history.

You should feel relaxed about this appointment – your Fertility Specialist will guide the conversation, and the questions asked are designed to help you.

How long does a first appointment take?

This first appointment can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on which doctor you choose. This will be explained to you when you make your booking.

Initial fertility tests for her

At your first appointment, your doctor will probably also order some blood tests. Many of these are bulk billed.

Some common tests for women include:

  • a reproductive hormones profile (to see if you are ovulating)
  • thyroid function tests
  • ovarian reserve (AMH) test
  • screening for infectious diseases, including hepatitis B and C, syphilis and HIV
  • full blood count, checking your blood group
  • karyotyping
  • rubella (German measles) immunity
  • chicken pox (Varicella) immunity
  • screening for Cystic Fibrosis

In some cases further investigations, such as a vaginal ultrasound scan, may be necessary to check the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. There is no need to be worried if this is required – our doctors routinely scan patients, and you can expect it to feel similar to a pap smear.

Initial fertility tests for him

Your Fertility Specialist may order some initial tests following your first appointment.

Some common tests for men:

  • semen analysis to check for sperm quality, antibodies and possible infection
  • hormone profile and thyroid function
  • screening for infectious diseases, including hepatitis B and C, syphilis and HIV
  • karyotyping
  • screening for Cystic Fibrosis
  • Sperm Chromatin Structure Assay (SCSA) test, to identify damaged DNA within the sperm

Some men are hesitant to have a semen analysis, however, they should not feel stressed about this. If your partner is worried about this you can assure him that it is fine for him to produce a sample at home, and then either one of you can drop it off at one of our clinics.

$150 Couples Consultation

The approximate out-of-pocket cost for this appointment is between $100 and $150. This is the cost for both you and your partner after Medicare rebates have been claimed. It is important that you obtain a referral from your GP before your appointment, that way you will be eligible for Medicare rebates. Your referral can be made out to a specific Specialist, or to Queensland Fertility Group.

Many of the basic diagnostic tests your Specialist may recommend are bulk billed. Other tests will incur additional costs – the tests ordered will depend on your medical history, and any additional costs will be explained to you.

What do I need to bring to my first appointment?

It’s helpful to bring any information regarding the regularity of your cycle over the past few months. This will give your doctor an indication of whether you are ovulating regularly or not. You should feel comfortable during this appointment and we encourage you to take a list of questions with you – your Fertility Specialist will want to address any concerns you may have.

How do we treat fertility issues?

Your Fertility Specialist will discuss all the results of your initial tests with you, and together you will develop a treatment plan to help you fall pregnant.

Queensland Fertility Group offers advice as well as treatment options. Sometimes lifestyle changes are recommended and underlying medical conditions may need to be treated to maximize your fertility.

Below are just some of the treatment options available at Queensland Fertility Group:

Our Specialists’ ultimate goal is to help you maximize your natural fertility. Where appropriate, they will recommend less invasive, lower cost procedures such as OI or IUI.

What’s the next step?

You can book an appointment with a Queensland Fertility Group Fertility Specialist online, or over the phone on 1800 111 483.

We have over 40 Fertility Specialists based throughout Queensland. View their online profiles to help you decide which Specialist is right for you, or speak with one of our Fertility Nurses.

Not quite ready to make an appointment? Our experienced Fertility Nurses are available to answer all your fertility questions. Call 1800 111 483 today for a free chat.

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