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.
Making babies is easy right? Take Part A, combine with Part B and the rest, as they say in the classics, happens naturally.
But what about if the “rest” isn’t happening naturally? Or maybe you’re just starting out and you’d like to understand a few of the finer points but you realise that you’ve forgotten most of what you learnt in high school biology about reproduction?
Well, Genea Oxford’s Conception 101 is coming to your rescue.
First things first, if everything is going to plan then you each bring a very important ingredient to the equation. Women contribute an egg and men contribute sperm.
The first key fact to understand is that women are born with all of their eggs. That’s right, women are born with around two million eggs and by the time they hit puberty around 300,000 remain and that decline continues. Once a month, every month from puberty to menopause, women ovulate, releasing eggs in the middle of their monthly cycle. The whole process is controlled by two glands in the brain - the hypothalamus and pituitary - which tell hormones in your body to trigger certain physical responses. The egg is released from a mature follicle on the ovary (either ovary - it’s random) and travels down the fallopian tube. Fertilisation may occur in the fallopian tube if sperm are present.
The egg survives for about 12 – 24 hours. We go into greater detail about ovulation and your cycle in our Trying to Conceive section.
Men create sperm in the testes and they produce an average of 100 million sperm each and every day. Over approximately three months, these sperm travel a system of tubes called the epididymis, maturing along the way before being released during ejaculation. Interestingly only around four per cent of sperm in an average ejaculation are considered normal & capable of fertilising an egg. After ejaculation, sperm are capable of fertilisation for about 72 hours. For some other cool sperm and male related facts, take a look at our Male fertility infographics.
After the sperm are deposited into the upper vagina via ejaculation, they must travel through the cervical mucus into the uterus and then into the fallopian tube before they can meet with the egg.
Sperm make this long journey under their own steam (and with some help from upward contractions of the uterine walls). During the trip, sperm prepare themselves to meet the egg by subtle alterations of their heads (acrosome) and movement patterns. When they meet the outer membrane of the egg, the sperm start to burrow through it and then enter the egg itself. At the moment the first sperm successfully penetrates the egg, a reaction is triggered that makes the egg resistant to all other sperm. This single sperm absorbs into the egg, where the genetic material contained in its head fuses with that of the egg. Fertilisation is now complete.
After fertilisation, the combined egg and sperm - now known as an embryo - develops in the fallopian tube for the first three days, then travels down into the uterus. By the fifth day it will become a blastocyst, a hollow ball of cells surrounding a cyst-like cavity. Once the blastocyst breaks free from its shell, or hatches, it is ready to adhere to the surface of the endometrium.
You might be surprised to know that the average fertile couple in their 20s, having regular, unprotected sex, has just a 20 per cent chance of this happening naturally each month. You are at your most fertile around 22-23 years.
Genea Oxford Medical Director Dr Richard Dover shares his Top 10 Baby Making tips, all designed to help you increase your chances of pregnancy:
Increase your chance of getting pregnant by determining when you are most fertile
Enter the date of the first day of your previous 3 periods.
Second most recent:
Third most recent:
Please select dates to continue.
Based on the data from your last three periods, your next most fertile days will be in
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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