Fertility

Preconception Care

 

  • If t is important that you take good care of your health especially if you are planning to get pregnant or become a parent soon.

 

  • Different factors can affect your ability to conceive (get pregnant) and carry your baby the full nine months. These can include:
    • your lifestyle (such as diet and exercise);
    • medical condition and medications;
    • certain genetic disorders or family history of disease.

 

The following healthcare professionals can talk to you able getting healthy for you and for your pregnancy:

  • General practitioner (GP) and practice nurses
  • Obstetrician/gynecologist
  • Midwife
  • Specialist practitioners e.g. cardiac, neurological, endocrinological disorders, physicians
  • Allied health workers e.g. dieticians, diabetes educators, physiotherapists, pharmacists

 

For more information, please see:

 

If you are not trying to become pregnant, it is important to know your options regarding birth control (contraception ).  

 

Content adapted from Preconception Advice Clinical Guideline, published by SA Health. Available: http://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/1f11de804eed8cb5afbeaf6a7ac0d6e4/Preconception+Advice_Sept2015.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CACHEID=1f11de804eed8cb5afbeaf6a7ac0d6e4

 

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Infertility

  • A woman can get pregnant when an egg from her ovaries is fertilised by a man’s sperm and this fertilised egg implants inside her uterus. This is also known as conception.
  • Pregnancies can be planned and unplanned and conception can occur at any point in a woman’s menstrual cycle.
  • Up to 15% of couples have difficulty getting pregnant and this increases as a women gets older.
  • Certain medical conditions such as can affect a woman's’ fertility.
  • A woman is also at an increased risk of having a miscarriage or child with a disability once she is over 40 years old however it is important to discuss individual risk with a medical professional as every woman’s risk level is different.
  • Sometimes it is the male partner who is infertile (or subfertile). Tests can be take to check male hormone levels and sperm count.
  • In Australia, Medicare can cover the costs of some fertility tests, treatment and in some cases, assisted reproduction technologies such as IVF.

Fertility Information

More information on these tests, treatments and technologies can be found here: