Fertility NZ is a registered charity dedicated to providing information, support and advocacy to people experiencing fertility issues.

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, see our page on Secondary Infertility.

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

More information on Male Factor Infertility...


WOMEN (approx. 40%)
Female fertility problems commonly include:
• Tubal problems
Endometriosis
• Disorders of ovulation
Polycystic ovarian disease (PCOS)
• Frequent miscarriage
• Hormonal problems
• Autoimmune (antibody) disorders
• Recurrent genito-urinary infections


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

There is rarely a quick or simple answer to infertility problems. Infertility is not something you catch and in most cases, is not preventable.