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    Starting a family is one of the biggest decisions people make in life, yet having a baby is not always easy.

    As New Zealand’s leading provider of fertility diagnosis, support and treatment, Fertility Associates are dedicated to giving you the best possible chance of having a baby. 

    We’ve been busy building families for over 30 years with more than 20,000 babies born so far. Committed to excellence, each Fertility Associates clinic has a close-knit team of doctors, nurses, counsellors and scientists who provide full patient support throughout treatment. Our clinics feature modern facilities and state of the art equipment.

    For a list of our consulting specialists and their locations see below under "Consultants".  

    We are located  throughout New Zealand, so there is a clinic close to you. Fertility Associates also provides fertility treatments for residents of New Caledonia and Tahiti.

    We offer both private and publicly funded consultation and treatment. If you have a fertility question that remains unanswered, the sooner you talk to us the better your chances of success.

    To contact one of our clinics or make an appointment, please call 0800 10 28 28 or visit us online at www.fertilityassociates.co.nz

    We also offer a Free Nurse Consultation service - your patients can book online here. 


    What is Infertility?

    Infertility is usually defined as not becoming pregnant after a year of trying, but some couples know or suspect they are infertile well before a year is up. For instance, the woman might have irregular periods or not ovulate at all.

    For more information on infertility please visit Understanding Your Fertility.

     

    When Should I do Something?

    The right time to seek help is when you are concerned about your fertility.  Often simple tests to check ovulation and sperm quality will give you some clarity on next steps.  General guidelines are that you should refer to a fertility specialist if you have been trying to conceive for 12 months without success and the woman is under 35, or refer earlier if the woman is 35 or older.

    For more information on this please visit our Biological Clock.

     

    Other Languages: Fertility Information

    Fertility Associates provides information on fertility treatments in Maori, French and Chinese. We can also assist those patients who require a Maori, French or Chinese interpreter.  Please click on the language you wish to view. Maori  French Simplified Chinese

     

    Other Services

    We also offer obstetrics, paediatrics, endocrinology, vasectomy reversal, and gynaecology.

    Practitioners

    • Dr Mary Birdsall

      Dr Mary Birdsall

      Fertility Specialist and Gynaecologist
    • Dr Simon Kelly

      Dr Simon Kelly

      Fertility Specialist, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
    • Dr Stella Milsom

      Dr Stella Milsom

      Reproductive Endocrinologist
    • Dr Megan Ogilvie

      Dr Megan Ogilvie

      Reproductive Endocrinologist
    • Dr Sunil Pillay

      Dr Sunil Pillay

      Fertility Specialist and Gynaecologist
    • Dr Susannah O'Sullivan

      Dr Susannah O'Sullivan

      Reproductive Endocrinologist
    • Dr Ved Prakash (VP) Singh

      Dr Ved Prakash (VP) Singh

      Fertility Specialist, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
    • Dr Helen Wemyss

      Dr Helen Wemyss

      Fertility Specialist, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
    • Dr Lakshmi Ravikanti

      Dr Lakshmi Ravikanti

      Fertility Specialist & Gynaecologist
    • Dr Andrew Murray

      Dr Andrew Murray

      Fertility Specialist, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
    • Dr Mark Stegmann

      Dr Mark Stegmann

      Fertility Specialist, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
    • Dr Michelle Bailey

      Dr Michelle Bailey

      Fertility Specialist
    • Dr Catherine Conway

      Dr Catherine Conway

      Fertility Specialist and Endocrinologist
    • Dr Sarah Wakeman

      Dr Sarah Wakeman

      Fertility Specialist, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
    • Dr Elizabeth Curr

      Dr Elizabeth Curr

      Fertility Specialist, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
    • Dr Phill McChesney

      Dr Phill McChesney

      Fertility Specialist, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
    • Dr Anna Bashford

      Dr Anna Bashford

      Fertility Specialist and Gynaecologist
    • Dr Simon McDowell

      Dr Simon McDowell

      Fertility Specialist, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
    • Dr Olivia Stuart

      Dr Olivia Stuart

      Fertility Specialist, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
    • Dr Kate Van Harselaar

      Dr Kate Van Harselaar

      Fertility Specialist, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
    • Dr Brad Chittenden

      Dr Brad Chittenden

      Fertility Specialist, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
    • Dr Rachel Potae

      Dr Rachel Potae

      Fertility Specialist, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
    • Dr Neil Buddicom

      Dr Neil Buddicom

      Fertility Specialist, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
    • Dr Laura Frampton

      General Practitioner - Vocationally Registered
    • Dr Sasha Nair

      Reproductive Endocrinologist
    • Dr Jill Shepherd

      Fertility Clinician
    • Dr Leigh Searle

      Dr Leigh Searle

      Reproductive Endocrinologist
    • Dr Laura Miller

      Fertility Specialist, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
    • Dr Angela Beard

      Dr Angela Beard

      Fertility Specialist and Gynaecologist
    • Dr Georgina Hawkins

      Consultant
    • Dr Michael Wynn-Williams

      Dr Michael Wynn-Williams

      Gynaecologist
    Procedures

    Counselling and Support

    At Fertility Associates we understand the major impact and distress infertility can cause.  Our counsellors are available to help with:

    Coping strategies Decision-making strategies Information about infertility and emotional responses Support during and following treatment Relaxation techniques Other difficulties that may arise because of infertility Pregnancy loss Conception involving donor eggs, sperm or embryos, and also surrogacy.

     

    Who are the counsellors?

    Joi Ellis, Auckland

    Deb McEwan, Auckland
    Elisabeth Money, Auckland

    Margaret Stanley-Hunt, Wellington
    Winnie Duggan, Wellington
    Sue Saunders, Hamilton
    Anne Ott, Christchurch

    More information on our counselling and support services and our counsellors is available here.

    Non-IVF Treatment

    Often, all couples need is a little help. Rather than undertaking a complex treatment like IVF, we will try lower technology treatments such as Ovulation Induction (OI), Intrauterine Insemination and Donor Insemination.

    Ovulation Induction (OI)

    Medications used to induce ovulation in women with irregular or absent cycles Medications used to increase the number of eggs maturing, ideally two or three

    Artificial Insemination (AI)

    Insemination close to the time of ovulation of sperm from the recipient's partner (IUI) Insemination close to the time of ovulation of sperm from a carefully screened donor (DI)

    Please click here for more information from Fertility Associates on Non-IVF Treatment.

    IVF-Related Treatments

    Please click here for information on IVF-Related Treatments including IVF, ICSI, embryo freezing and assisted hatching.

    'PGS' - Pre-implantation Genetic Screening

    PGS checks the number of  chromosomes in each blastocyst and can be useful for:

    women 36 and older with good ovarian reserve,   people who have had recurrent miscarriage, people not pregnant despite the transfer of several embryos – PGS may uncover a higher than expected
    chromosome abnormality rate patients who are willing to go through more than one egg retrieval cycle to obtain a normal embryo

    More info can be found here.

    'IMSI' High Magnification ICSI

    When there is significant male infertility, the embryologist injects a sperm into each egg using a technique called ICSI. IMSI is a variation of ICSI using high magnification. ICSI can be useful for:

    Men with poor sperm morphology. Poor morphology makes sperm more susceptible to oxidation damage Men with a higher level of DNA fragmentation in their sperm. DNA fragmentation is a sign of oxidation damage People with few embryos developing to the blastocyst stage  People not pregnant despite the transfer of several reasonable quality embryos.

    'TiMI' Time Lapse Morphometry Imaging

     

    TiMI photographs embryos every 10 minutes to capture developmental milestones in the embryo’s life that are missed when embryos are only inspected once a day.

    TiMI can be useful for:

    people who expect to have several good quality embryos people who have had low quality embryos previously may experience better embryo development or learn
    why embryo development is poor.

    More info can be found here.

    Checking Fertility

    Understanding the key factors that affect a couple’s chances of conception and delivery of a healthy baby are important.  These include:

    Age, Diet, Body Mass/Weight, Exercise, Smoking, Drugs.

    Please click here for more information on Key Factors Influencing Fertility.

    Additionally, the Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) test for women and a semen analysis for men provide important indicators in diagnosing any fertility issues.

    Please call Fertility Associates on 0800 10 28 28 to organise for these tests to be done.

    Male Infertility

    About 25% of infertility is calculated to be directly due to the male partner and another 15-25% probably also has a male contribution.

    Please click here for information on Male Infertility.

    Donor Eggs, Donor Sperm and Donor Embryos

    Donor Eggs

    Donor eggs can be used for women with premature menopause, women who have not become pregnant after many IVF cycles and women who no longer have viable eggs of their own because of their age.

    Please click here for information about Donor Eggs.

    Donor Sperm

    Traditionally donor sperm is used when a man has few sperm or poor quality sperm.  Rarely it is used if the man's sperm carries a very high risk that any child might have a serious congenital abnormality.  It is also an option for single women or women in a same-sex relationship. 

    Please click here for information on Donor Sperm.

    Donor Embryos

    Some people, having undergone successful IVF treatment and completed their families, may still have frozen embryos.  They will need to make a decision about what to do with their remaining embryos.  One option is to donate them to people for whom this may be the only option of experiencing parenthood.

    Please click here for information on Donor Embryos.

    Genetic Carrier Screening

    Genetic carrier screening gives individuals and couples information about their risk of having a child with a genetic condition.

    It will tell you if you are a carrier for three common inherited conditions:

    Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

    Many people are carriers of Cystic Fibrosis, Fragile X Syndrome and Spinal Muscular Atrophy even though they do not have anybody in their family who has the condition.

    More info here

    Egg Freezing and Storage

    Egg freezing is a form of fertility preservation for women about to undergo treatment for cancer or for women who have concerns about their ability to conceive longer term.  Egg freezing may also be an option for couples with religious, moral or ethical objections to creating embryos that won't be used immediately. 

    Please click here for more information on Egg Freezing and Storage.

    Fertility Preservation and Cancer

    There are a number of reasons why people may look to preserve their fertility. These reasons may either be health related or possibly for social reasons such as wanting to leave having children until later in life.

    This section is also for people who are about to have chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery that may affect their fertility. Facing a diagnosis of cancer is a traumatic and difficult time, and there will be many tough decisions to make.

    Treatments to help fight cancer may also affect your ability to have children. Fortunately, if you want to be a parent following treatment you still may be able to fulfil that dream.

    For Women, the options are:

    Egg Freezing and Storage - Egg freezing may be useful in a number of clinical scenarios, such as a woman who is about to undergo treatment for cancer or when a single woman wishes to preserve her fertility more. Ovarian Tissue Freezing and Storage - This technique may be used to help women at risk of losing ovarian function due to radiotherapy or chemotherapy as treatment for cancer more.

    For Men, the options are:

    Sperm Freezing and Storage - Long-term storage of sperm is almost always possible before various types of medical treatment that can damage sperm production more. Testicular Tissue Freezing and Storage - The freezing of testicular tissue is recommended when testicular tissue is obtained for diagnostic purposes

    Ovarian and Testicular Tissue Freezing and Storage

    Ovarian and testicular tissue can be frozen and stored before surgery or cancer treatment.  To date, some babies have been born following the storage, thawing and fertilisation with the eggs or sperm that come from these pieces of tissue.

    Please click here for more information from Fertility Associates on Tissue Freezing and Storage.

    Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)

    Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) involves taking one or more cells from embryos to test the cells for genetic disorders or for the number of chromosomes present.  It requires IVF to provide the embryos for testing.

    Please click here for more information about PGD.

    Surrogacy

    Surrogacy is the term used where a woman bears a child for another woman. It is used in cases when a woman cannot bear the child because the uterus is absent or malformed or when a medical condition exists making pregnancy a threat to her and/or her baby's health.

    Please click here for more information from Fertility Associates on Surrogacy.

    Sperm Freezing and Storage

    Long-term storage of sperm is almost always possible before various types of medical treatment that can damage sperm production occurs, for example, chemotherapy, irradiation therapy or surgery (including vasectomy).

    Please click here for more information from Fertility Associates on Sperm Freezing and Storage.

    Surgical Sperm Recovery

    MESA, PESA, TESA and TESE are acronyms for various techniques to obtain sperm from the testes or epididymis to use in ICSI.  These procedures are usually done under local anaesthetic, and extra sperm can be frozen for future use.

    Please click here for more information.