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Diagnosed infertility

Often, coming to terms with the reality that making a baby isn’t as easy as you imagined has its own grief attached.  We recommend that you take as much control as possible, and have a plan.  If you meet the criteria, get on the waitlist for publicly funded treatment as soon as you are able.

If you already have a child or children and are experiencing difficulty conceiving again:

Common causes of infertility

MEN (approx. 40%)

Male fertility problems can be caused by abnormalities in sperm numbers, movement or shape. However, the causes of many sperm problems remain unknown.

Causes could be:

  • Failed vasectomy reversal

  • Retrograde ejaculation

  • Blocked ducts

  • Varicocele

  • Absence of vas deferens

  • Undescended testes in childhood

  • Autoimmune (antibody) disorders

  • Lifestyle choices which impact sperm morphology

WOMEN (approx. 40%)

Female fertility problems commonly include:

  • Tubal problems

  • Endometriosis

  • Disorders of ovulation

  • Polycystic ovarian disease

  • Frequent miscarriage

  • Hormonal problems

  • Autoimmune (antibody) disorders

  • Recurrent genito-urinary infections


Up to 20% of couples (including those experiencing secondary infertility) will have no explainable cause for their infertility.

What to Ask Your Doctor
Tips for Friends and Family

Managing relationships
through fertility challenges

The demands of an infertility journey - particularly during treatment cycles – can often be all-consuming and put a strain on relationships. 


To read more about managing relationships through fertility challenges and coping strategies: 


Download our PDF fact-sheets:

emotional impact leaflet
managing relationships leaflet
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