One in six couples will have a fertility issue at some point in their lives and one in 10 couples will have trouble conceiving their second child. You are not alone.
Don’t panic, your fertility journey doesn’t have to be an express service straight to IVF. Some simple changes can improve your chance of conceiving naturally.
Whether you're just starting out or you've been trying for a while, it's important to remember the emotions, worries and thoughts you are trying to deal with are valid and common. You are not alone.
We're dedicated to helping you achieve your dream - taking home a healthy baby. We offer a range of services - from counselling through to IVF & pre-implantation genetic diagnosis - all with the aim of easing your journey to successful pregnancy.
Our team will work closely with you to design a personalised program to ensure the best possible chance.
With 40% of fertility issues being male related, it may be time to find out more.
Our intention, driven by 30 years of planning, compassion and research investment, is to put our words into action for you so that you can feel assured that there is no better care and no better chance of a healthy baby to be found. Anywhere.
Because of the care, technology and expertise we put into your care, you’ll have a better chance of taking home a baby.
At Genea we work with only the best specialists and science, resulting in leading success rates. Find the right specialist or the clinic that suits you today.
Established in February 2014, Genea Oxford Fertility offers Christchurch couples access to treatment options for all of their fertility needs.
It’s important to find the right specialist for you. Read the profiles of the Fertility Specialists here.
It’s generally considered less than polite to ask a lady her age. But in the world of fertility, it will be the number one question you’re asked. That’s because female age is one infertility factor we can do little to combat. While Hollywood might be telling you a different story (hint - don’t believe everything you read), our experience shows that conceiving and giving birth using your own eggs after the age of 45 is extremely rare.
Now that’s obviously the upper end of the age conversation and you might be thinking, “I’m 10 years younger than that so I’m fine”. Unfortunately, and we’re not trying to be alarmist when we say this, fertility actually peaks at 22 and gradually declines from then on. Unfortunately the decline picks up pace and begins to be an issue from 33 or so, falling even more dramatically after 35.
Age works against fertility in several ways. It increases the likelihood you’ll suffer from problems with ovulation or your cycle and it also impacts on the health and number of eggs you have.
As your age advances beyond approximately 33, it’s more and more likely that your aging eggs will let the side down when it comes to conception. At first this will just be sporadically, but eventually it will be so thorough that you’ll essentially be sterile. And that can happen years before menopause. You see, the issue is that women are born with all of the eggs you’ll ever have - approximately two million and by the time of your first period, that number will have dropped to approximately 300,000. Not only is the number of eggs you have falling as you get older but the quality of the ones you have left also diminishes.
From our own research we’ve found that many couples wait for more than two years before seeking fertility treatment. The problem with that is that if you’re 36 and you decide to wait for the average time, you’ll be 38 by the time you seek treatment and your chances of conceiving could have declined.
The bottomline is - don’t wait! Get checked out to make sure there isn’t a medical issue that no amount of waiting will fix.
As you can see from the graph below, by the time you’re 36 your chance of conceiving per month is decreased by half - and that’s if there are no other factors at play. The downward slope continues until by age 45 the average natural fertility rate per month is approximately one per cent.
You can read about our success rates for your age bracket to learn more.
There are several reasons why live births become rare as women pass the milestone age of 40:
Of course, all of this information is general and the figures are averages. Some women will remain fertile into their 40s and other will find their fertility drops off earlier. Unfortunately it’s part of life’s lottery.
Genea Oxford does not discriminate on the basis of age. When you comes to us for treatment, we will make sure that you are aware of the average chance of success for women in your age group, as well as the chance of miscarriage and genetic abnormality. Then we will respect your decision as to whether you would like to have treatment or not.
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