Plan Your Pregnancy
Six easy-to-follow steps to maximise your chance of pregnancy
Starting your journey to parenthood can be exciting, but also challenging if you're not getting pregnant as quickly as you expected. Developed by leading fertility specialists, our six step Fertility Insights Programme is full of informative and practical free pregnancy advice that any woman trying to conceive should follow.
The first four steps are so simple, and free! Get started on the programme today and be on your way to pregnancy...
- Know when you are ovulating
It may seem simple, but the average fertile couple has just a 20% chance of conceiving in any given month of having unprotected sex.
Every woman is different, and your menstrual cycle may also vary month to month. With this ovulation calculator you can understand your individual pregnancy or ‘fertile’ window, and to ensure you have sex when you are most likely to conceive – generally one or two days before ovulation. Regular intercourse, two to three times a week, will also boost your chances further.
- Improve your health and lifestyle
Healthy parents and healthy babies go hand in hand. Improving your general health can increase your likelihood of conceiving naturally.
You and your partner should:
- eat a healthy diet
- maintain a healthy weight
- stop smoking and any recreational drug use
- only drink alcohol in moderation
- exercise regularly
Women should also:
- take 500ug of folic acid each day
- take multi-vitamins for general health
- visit the GP for antenatal blood tests, including checks for rubella and chicken pox status, blood group, Rh factor, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C
- review current medications and any implications for pregnancy with a GP
- understand your menstrual cycle
Many people try complementary therapies to support their general physical and emotional health. If you would like to try alternative therapies at the same time as seeking fertility support, we suggest looking into acupuncture and vitamin supplements.
- Call our free, confidential fertility enquiry line
There is no harm in asking questions of someone you can trust! Our friendly fertility advisors are here to give free and confidential advice. They work hand-in-hand with our Fertility Specialists and have helped hundreds of couples on their path to parenthood, and may be able to offer some simple advice that you have overlooked.
To speak with a fertility advisor, call 1800 111 483 and they will be happy to answer all your questions. Alternatively, you can also email your enquiry.
- Talk one on one with a specialist at a free seminar
Our Fertility Specialists hold FREE public seminars where you can meet our team of experts face-to-face. These seminars explain factors that can affect fertility, and give you information on the various treatment options available to you. After the presentation you’ll also have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with our team and have your questions answered in a relaxed, no-obligation environment.
Visit our Free Fertility Seminars page to find out more and reserve your place.
- Book a consultation with a fertility specialist
If you have completed steps 1-4 and find you are still having trouble falling pregnant, we recommend you have a consultation with a Queensland Fertility Group Fertility Specialist - particularly if you are over 35 and have been trying for 6 months or more, or are under 35 and have been trying for 12 months or more.
If you are specifically seeking help to fall pregnant, it is recommended your partner attends the consultation as well. The initial consultation charge with a Fertility Specialist is on average from $220 to $350 and Medicare will reimburse approximately $75.00. Most Queensland Fertility Group Fertility Specialists offer bulk-billing for a male partner’s first appointment.
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.
Some common tests recommended by our Fertility Specialists prior to developing a personalised treatment plan include:
- reproductive hormone levels
- Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH)
- rubella (German measles) immunity
- chicken pox immunity
- syphilis serology
- thyroid function testing
- current pap smear and breast check (within last two years)
- hepatitis B, C, HIV
- Control your own path to pregnancy
In your follow-up appointment your specialist will explain the results of your fertility investigations and discuss the treatment options available to you in order to improve your chance of conception. Conception is a sequence of events, and your results and options will be explained as they relate to:
- sperm quality
- egg and sperm union
Based on your individual circumstances, together you will decide on a path to pregnancy that’s right for you. For many couples, non or minimally invasive, lower cost procedures such as timed conception and Ovulation Induction are a first line treatment to increase fertility, whereas in other instances lifestyle changes may be recommended.
If you want to make this year the year you fall pregnant, you can take control through proper planning and preparation. Follow our simple six step Fertility Insights Programme to improve your chances considerably.
If you would like more information, call our fertility advisors for a free phone consultation or 1800 111 483 or complete the form below.