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.
If you had mumps as a teenager, if you’ve suffered a sexually transmitted infection or you believe you might have contracted an STI but haven’t been checked, you might not be aware it’s impacted your fertility. If you’ve experienced either of these issues in your past or any of the issues on the list below, speak to a Genea Oxford Fertility Specialist to see if it’s the cause of your struggle to conceive:
A chronic medical condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure;
Previous chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer;
A family history of cystic fibrosis or other genetic disorders; or
Another less obvious cause of male infertility is problems with your hormones. It’s not very common, affecting less than one in 100 infertile men, but it is worth considering. Sometimes the pituitary gland, located behind the nose and underneath the brain, does not send the right messages to the testes. This can cause low testosterone levels, which means that sperm are not produced. Anabolic (androgenic) steroid use by body builders can also shut off the hormones from the pituitary gland and lead to a low sperm count. A simple blood test can detect most hormonal problems.
About one percent of men with very low or zero sperm counts have an extra sex chromosome (X or Y chromosome) or a missing segment of the Y chromosome (male chromosome). This type of genetic disorder is not reversible but in many cases it is still possible to find sperm in semen or from the testes which can be used for IVF through the sperm injection technique called ICSI.
As we said above, you may already realise that something in your medical history is the source of your current struggle to conceive with your partner or maybe you just suspect it could be the cause of the problem. Either way, a discussion with a Genea Oxford Fertility Specialist is the next step you should take. We’ll work with you to come to a diagnosis and organise any tests which are needed so we can design the best treatment plan for you.
To take the next step and organise an appointment, call us or complete the form below.
If you need more info, have questions or just want some advice on your next steps feel free to ask me.
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