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Fertility Advice

At Double Bay Doctors, we specialise in all aspects of women's health, including reproductive health and fertility. We understand that fertility concerns can be a source of anxiety and uncertainty for many couples. If you are seeking comprehensive fertility advice and support to help you on your journey to parenthood, book a Fertility Advice consult with our team.



Did you know that approximately 10-15% of couples seek fertility advice at some point in their lives?  Around one third of infertility cases are determined to originate in the female partner, one third in the male partner and in one third of couples both partners have an underlying cause of infertility identified. No cause is found in around one in 10 couples investigated for infertility. This is called ‘unexplained’ infertility.

Your GP can be a really helpful first point of contact to understand more about the various factors that affect fertility in both women and men. Whether you're starting your fertility journey or have encountered challenges, we're here to guide you.


Optimising your fertility journey starts with education. Your GP can provide you with valuable information about:

  • Menstrual Cycle: Understanding your menstrual cycle is crucial to predicting ovulation and fertile days.

  • Fertile Windows and Ovulation Cycles: Learn about the best times for conception.

  • Importance of Vitamins and Minerals: Discover the significance of folic acid, Vitamin D, iodine, zinc, and selenium in enhancing fertility.

  • Healthy Weight and Reproductive Outcomes: Maintaining a healthy weight is essential for fertility and overall health.

  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): Get more information on PCOS and its implications for fertility.

  • Effects of Lifestyle Factors: Understand how lifestyle choices such as alcohol consumption, smoking, and caffeine intake can influence your reproductive outcomes.

  • Preconception Health for Fathers: Fathers also play a crucial role in fertility. Learn how preconception health can impact male fertility.


Female infertility can have various underlying causes, and your GP will undertake a comprehensive assessment to determine what, if any, factors apply to you. This may include:

  • Detailed Menstrual Cycle History: A thorough understanding of your menstrual patterns is an important diagnostic step.

  • Hypothyroidism: Thyroid function can impact fertility.

  • Hormone Levels: Hormone imbalances can affect ovulation and reproductive health.

  • Early Menopause: Premature menopause can affect fertility


Male infertility may also have a range of underlying causes and your GP will undertake a comprehensive assessment to determine what, if any, factors apply to you. This may include:

  • Semen analysis to evaluate sperm quality and quantity;

  • Anantomical issues such as blockages to the passage of sperm; 

  • Functional issues such as impotence;

  • Hormonal issues;

  • Lifestyle factors which may contribute to male infertility and

  • Medical history to review illnesses, injuries, or chronic health problems which may be a factor.


In addition to providing fertility advice, your GP may refer you to a specialist where you can access treatment options to address infertility. Examples of these treatments include: 

  • Ovulation Induction: This involves the use of medications to stimulate egg production in women who are not ovulating regularly.

  • Intrauterine Insemination (IUI): A procedure where specially prepared sperm is placed directly into the uterus to enhance the chances of fertilisation.

  • In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF): IVF is a complex procedure that involves fertilising an egg with sperm outside the body and then implanting the embryo into the uterus.

  • Surgical Interventions: Some cases of infertility may require surgical intervention to correct issues such as blocked fallopian tubes or endometriosis.

  • Male Fertility Treatment: In addition to semen analysis, your specialist may suggest other treatments to address male infertility, including lifestyle modifications and medication.

  • Donor Options: Your specialist can provide information and support for those considering donor eggs or sperm.


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