Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive a baby naturally after six months of trying. One in six couples is diagnosed with infertility, but thanks to advances in medical and surgical fertility treatment, many of them go on to have healthy families.
I’ve seen the anxiety fertility problems can cause. They can be physically and emotionally demanding conditions, and they need specialist skills and care. As a Melbourne IVF fertility specialist, I can tailor treatments using advanced science and techniques to develop an approach best suited to your needs. I think it’s important to make sure you are comfortable and well informed throughout your fertility journey.
For couples trying to conceive, it can be discouraging to feel like the blame for your troubles with falling pregnant rests on one partner – and that’s often not the case. Sometimes there are fertility problems in the woman, sometimes in her partner. And sometimes your infertility is the result of a combination of factors from both partners.
In a trying time, it’s important to look after your relationship and keep things in perspective – fertility treatment will usually take some time, but there is always hope.
Look after each other physically and emotionally, accepting your partner’s different reactions. Talk to each other, and discuss what you think is working and what isn’t. Look out for each other at social events. I often recommend that you take particular care of yourselves at children’s birthday parties, which can be especially emotional for couples experiencing fertility problems – leave early if you think you need to, or just send a gift.
You may also want to share your feelings with someone else, like a trusted GP or a counsellor. This is especially important if you are worried about persistent feelings of anxiety or depression. Make sure you get regular exercise, sleep, and time to relax. Keep occupied with projects at home and planning other activities you can look forward to. It’s very important not to let your fertility problems overtake your life.
In this video, I talk about age-related infertility, and how we use the AMH test to check the number of eggs left in your ovaries.