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When Should I See A Fertility Doctor?

Infertility is defined as being unable to fall pregnant after:

  • 12 months of regular unprotected sex if the female partner is under 35 years of age
  • 6 months of regular unprotected sex if the female partner is over 35 years of age

Females

For females, see your Fertility Doctor earlier if you have been diagnosed with or treated for:

  • irregular or absent periods
  • PCOS or Endometriosis
  • tubal damage or previous tubal ligation surgery
  • recurrent miscarriage
  • premature menopause
  • known genetic concerns

Males

For males, see your Fertility Doctor if you have been diagnosed with:

  • low sperm count
  • poor sperm shape or movement
  • antisperm antibodies
  • ejaculatory concerns
  • absence of sperm
  • known genetic concerns
  • issues from a prior vasectomy

Making An Appointment

You will need a referral from your GP to see a Fertility Doctor at Repromed to be eligible for Medicare rebates. If you have a partner both names will need to be on the same referral letter or you will need separate referrals for both of you.

What Are The First Steps?

Your Repromed Fertility Doctor will start with a review of your general health and medical history, before deciding on which test or procedures are appropriate.

For females, tests may include:

  • a pelvic ultrasound
  • a blood tests on day 2-5 of your cycle to measure Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH), Luteinizing Hormone (LH), Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH), Prolactin
  • blood test to screen for HIV, Hep B and Hep C
  • blood test to check immunity towards Rubella (German Measles) and Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • ovarian reserve blood test

For males, tests may include:

  • Semen Analysis to check for sperm antibodies and possible infections
  • screening for HIV, Hep B and Hep C (blood test)

Remember: You will need a referral from your GP to be eligible for Medicare rebates. If you have a partner, both names will need to be on the same referral letter or you will need separate referrals for both of you.

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