One in six Australian 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.
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At times during your fertility journey it can feel like you’re stuck in a baffling maze of acronyms and medical specialities with no clear path to get you to your goal - a baby.
To try to make head or tail of it all, why don’t we start with the different types of doctors you may see along the way and where they all fit into the puzzle.
You might still be seeing the family GP who’s known you since you were 10, maybe you just drop into the closest clinic when you need a prescription filled or perhaps you’re somewhere in between. Whichever it is, a GP is usually your first port of call for anything health related. They can handle your basic illnesses and regular health checks, provide guidance and advice and refer you onto specialists for anything more serious.
When you’re thinking about trying to conceive, your GP is a good choice for pre-conception advice and tests. If you’re worried and you’ve been trying for a while without success (12 months or more if you’re under 35 or six months if you’re 35+), your GP may conduct some fertility tests. GPs have an incredibly broad scope of issues they treat so if it’s not their area of expertise or they can’t work out what’s wrong they will write you a referral to see a Genea Fertility Specialist.
At Genea’s Sydney clinic we offer a unique alternative with our Fertility GP. Our GP's focus solely on fertility. As part of Genea’s world leading fertility team, our GP's have access to the most advanced and accurate fertility tests, Australia’s largest andrology clinic, with all tests conducted and analysed all under one roof in our Sydney CBD clinic.
Our Genea GP can help couples investigate their fertility before referring them onto a Genea Fertility Specialist if a medical condition is identified that may need further treatment. The Genea GP can also keep your regular GP up to date with your progress so you can easily return to them for other treatment not related to your efforts to conceive.
Just like there’s specific type of doctor for your feet and one for your heart, Gynaecologists specialise in the female reproductive system. They look after women’s reproductive health at all ages, from late teens through to the menopause years and beyond.
They conduct tests for cancer and other diseases and perform annual health checks such as pap smears.
If you’re having trouble conceiving, your GP may recommend a referral to a Gynaecologist. These specialists can conduct fertility testing and treat you for some physical causes of infertility but, if you need assisted reproduction treatment, they will refer you to a Fertility Specialist. Our research found that visiting a Gynaecologist added an average of six months to the fertility journey of couples who ultimately needed IVF.
Genea's Fertility Specialists are all trained Gynaecologists but many have done further subspecialty training in fertility. They specialise in the reproductive systems of both men and women, the difference is that they focus on helping couples achieve pregnancy.
While Gynaecologists might see the occasional patient having trouble conceiving, most of a Fertility Specialist’s patients are seeking help to have a baby. Their everyday job is to find out why you’re not getting pregnant and working out the steps so you can. When it comes to pregnancy, timing is everything, so ask your GP to refer you to a Genea Fertility Specialist.
Some of Genea’s Fertility Specialists are Certified Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (CREI) subspecialists - specialists in Obstetrics and Gynaecology who elected to undertake an additional three years of study to ensure comprehensive management of patients with reproductive endocrine disorders and infertility.
You’ll come across almost a dictionary full of acronyms during your fertility journey. The Genea glossary is a great source of definitions and explanations but we’ve also included a few of the more common acronyms here to give you a headstart.
The hormone that stimulates the follicle to grow.
An IVF technique for overcoming infertility due to sperm problems which involves injecting one or more sperm through the egg’s cell membrane and into the substance (cytoplasm) of the egg itself.
A form of assisted conception which involves assisted insemination of semen into the uterus.
Fertilisation of the egg by a sperm in the laboratory (in vitro is Latin for in glass which means in the laboratory).
Procedure for obtaining eggs which involves passing a needle into a mature follicle via the vagina guided by transvaginal ultrasound.
Genetic diagnosis of an IVF embryo in the lab before embryo transfer. At Genea this is called GeneSure
Now that you’re selecting which Genea Fertility Specialist you’d like to see, you will need a referral. Genea’s Fertility GP can organise that for you and arrange some of the early tests so you go to your first specialist appointment fully prepared.
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