Fertility advice

At Double Bay Doctors we specialise in all aspects of women’s health including reproductive health and fertility.

Seeking fertility advice

10 -15% of couples will seek advice regarding fertility. Your general practitioner can help you to understand the variety of lifestyle and health factors that effect fertility in women and men.

Infertility can be caused by female factors, male factors, a combination of the two, or no factors at all.

The steps to explore infertility will vary depending on the couple's history, their ages and the findings on clinical examination.

Education

Your general practitioner can play an important role in helping couples understand the factors that can effect conception, including:

  • Facts about the menstrual cycle

  • The fertile window and ovulation cycles

  • The importance of vitamins and minerals including folic acid, Vitamin D, iodine, Zinc and Selenium

  • Healthy weight and reproductive outcomes

  • Polycystic Ovary Sydnrome (more information available here)

  • The effects of lifestyle factors such as alcohol, smoking and caffeine on reproduction outcomes

  • Preconception health for fathers

 

Female infertility

Your general practitioner will consider a variety of factors which may include:

  • A detailed history of your menstrual cycle 

  • Hypothyroidism

  • Hormone levels

  • Early menopause

Male infertility

Your general practitioner will consider a variety of factors which may include semen analysis. 

Resources: Mayo Clinic