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

When to seek help

For couples:

  • When you have been trying to conceive for longer than 12 months.  You can see your GP first who may be able to refer you for a funded consultation or you can book a private appointment directly with a fertility specialist.  The first step is likely to include blood tests to check ovulation and a semen analysis, which your GP can conduct.
  • If the woman is over 35 years, see your doctor after trying to conceive for 9 months
  • If the woman is over 40 years, see your doctor after trying to conceive for 6 months

Women – seek help straight away for any of the following:

  • irregular cycles (short or long)
  • getting periods less than 10 days after ovulation occurs
  • severe pain with menstruation or intermittent pain throughout the cycle
  • regular breakthrough bleeding throughout cycle
  • any unusual discharge (yellow/green, lumpy white, smelly)
  • previous sexually transmitted infections, such as Chlamydia
  • a history of early menopause (before age 50) in the family

Men – seek help straight away for any of the following:

  • previous genital surgery, including for an undescended testicle
  • previous inguinal hernia repair
  • previous significant infections such as Chlamydia or Mumps Orchitis

Your GP can organise further testing and may be able to refer you for a funded consultation with a fertility specialist.

Here to help

Fertility NZ offers free, impartial, professional information and guidance.  If you're unsure of your next steps, call us on 0800 333 306 or email support@fertilitynz.org.nz.