Fertility Week

Fertility Week
1 – 7 September 2016

This year in Australia the theme for Fertility Week was 7 ways in 7 days.

Run by Your Fertility, it will focus each day on a range of factors that can affect a person’s ability to conceive and have a baby.

Genea supports and encourages these campaigns because we know that many people still don’t know the simplest of facts about their potential to have children. After all, it’s the most natural thing in the world, so no-one ever expects that they will face challenges. And when they do, it can be isolating and devastating.

During Fertility Week 2016 we've been posting facts and tips on Facebook and Twitter and below we’ve shared links to the wealth of information available throughout our website to help you.

Timing of sex

Genea time iconHaving sex at the right time is essential to get pregnant but because the "right time" is different for every woman it can be hard to find yours.

You can use our Ovulation Calculator to figure out when you’ll next be ovulating. If you’ve tried that and still not had any luck perhaps our no out-of-pocket Ovulation Tracking service could be your next step.
 

STIs

Genea news teal iconIt’s not well known that sexually transmitted infections (STIs), particularly gonorrhoea and chlamydia, can affect the fertility of both women and men. And worryingly, in some areas of Australia STIs are on the rise and have been for the past five years.

Check out our blog on the topic and consider having some confidential testing if this is an area of worry for you.
 

Age

Genea impact age waiting iconFrustratingly, female age is one infertility factor we can do little to overcome. Despite the fact we see Hollywood stars having babies in their late 40s and 50s, the reality is that 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.

Learn more about the impact of age – the bottom line is don’t wait. So get checked out to make sure there isn’t a medical issue that no amount of waiting will fix.

Parenting begins before conception (epigenetics)

Genea PGD PGS PCR testing iconYour fertility and likelihood of having a baby can be affected by a range of genetic conditions.

Genea’s world leading Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis and Screening treatments (PGD and PGS) give you a way of reducing or removing that risk.
 

Smoking, alcohol and caffeine

Genea steps to improve conception iconSome lifestyle factors can be extremely damaging for your fertility. So if you’re serious about conceiving, quit smoking. And that means both of you! Women who smoke cigarettes (and those regularly exposed to passive smoke) are less likely to conceive and more likely to miscarry or have an ectopic pregnancy. Smoking in men has been found to have detrimental effects on sperm DNA. So it’s important that you both stop.

Studies also show that regular users of marijuana have a greater risk of infertility compared with those who don’t partake. While the exact number of alcoholic drinks needed to affect your fertility is unclear, the best advice remains to reduce how much you drink to no more than one or two glasses a day or cut it out altogether. Caffeine is another area where there is no hard and fast rule, we recommend not more than two cups of coffee a day. Read more about conducting a lifestyle audit.

Weight and exercise

Genea information icon light blueMaintaining a healthy weight and being active can help in so many areas of your life but it’s especially important to consider if you are trying to conceive. Being overweight or obese not only reduces the chances of a couple conceiving naturally, but also means fertility treatment, such as IVF, is less likely to be successful.

We share some key facts about the impact of weight on fertility here.

​Vitamins and minerals

Genea Nurtrition for Fertility iconYour diet in the lead up to conception can be just as important as what you eat during pregnancy. Check out our Nutrition for Fertility infographic to understand which minerals and vitamins you should be consuming.

Understanding your fertility and reading tips and hints about conception are both helpful but it’s important to seek help if you’ve been trying to conceive for a while without success. The rule of thumb is to try naturally for 12 months (six months if you’re 35+). But the best advice we can give you is; if it’s causing you worry then ask for help.