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Fertility is ageist

Mother Nature is pretty stubborn when it comes to fertility. You were born with all the eggs you will ever have and the older you get, the fewer, healthy eggs that remain. Between 30 and 40 your risk of chromosomal abnormalities in the foetus increases fivefold.

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40 is the new 30. Unless you want to have children.

We live longer, healthier lives these days, so we can falsely believe that good health invariably means good fertility. The truth is, the longer we leave it, the harder it can be to get pregnant.

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This is an important conversation. It could end in sex

It’s about when to start a family. About pregnancy. Sperm. Eggs. Fertility. These are topics that couples can put off discussing. But the later you leave it, the harder it can be to conceive.

Find out more about the fertility factors

  • Age
    Age

    Men don't stay fertile forever.

    As women age, their fertility declines.

  • Weight
    Weight

    Being overweight or obese, or underweight, can affect your fertility.

    Being overweight or obese, or underweight, can affect your fertility.

  • Smoking
    Smoking

    Find out the facts on smoking and fertility.

    Find out the facts on smoking and fertility.

  • Alcohol
    Alcohol

    Find out the facts on alcohol and fertility.

    Find out the facts on alcohol and fertility.

  • Timing
    Timing

    Find out about the "fertile window" in a woman's cycle.

    Find out about the "fertile window" in a woman's cycle.

  • Other Factors
    Other Factors

    Find out what other factors affect men's fertility.

    Find out what other factors affect women's fertility.

  • VARTA
  • Andrology Australia
  • Robinson Institute
  • Jean Hailes

Why Your Fertility?

Most Australians want to have children. However about 9 per cent of couples have difficulty conceiving and the use of IVF is increasing. About 35,000 women per year in Australia and New Zealand go through the emotional rollercoaster of IVF treatment.

We want you to have the facts, so you can make informed and timely decisions about your reproductive health. That way, you can maximise your chances of conceiving and having a healthy baby – whether that’s now or down the track.

Who is Your Fertility?

Your Fertility is brought to you by the Fertility Coalition: Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority, Andrology Australia, Jean Hailes for Women’s Health and the The Robinson Research Institute.

Your Fertility is a national public education program funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and the Victorian Government Department of Health.

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