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.

Vanessa's story

February 22, 2019

Vanessa shares her story of patience and faith

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