We strongly recommend that both you and your partner attend the initial consultation. Your Newlife fertility specialist will take a comprehensive medical history, including information about your menstrual cycle, current medical conditions and more. We will also dedicate time to understanding your fertility journey to date. During this consult, your specialist may also perform a physical examination.
Your fertility specialist will order a range of tests, based on your medical history. This may include blood tests and imaging studies. Checking the quantity and quality of your partner’s sperm may also be recommended.
If your GP has previously ordered relevant tests, please let your fertility specialist know.
After completing a comprehensive assessment and receiving all your test results, your fertility specialist will be able to tell you what kind of assistance you are likely to require in order to conceive and will discuss these options with you and your partner.
This may include:
Our initial aim is to understand your preferences, expectations and hopes for your fertility journey. We’ll also take a detailed medical history from both of you, including past and current medical conditions, medications and more. Your fertility specialist may also perform a physical examination during this consultation.
There are many factors which can affect fertility, so we’ll usually order a range of tests to help us understand what kind of assistance you and your partner will require to conceive. The exact tests will depend on your individual situation and preferred mode of treatment. Examples include blood tests, imaging tests and semen analysis.
Lesbian couples who wish to have a baby require donor sperm. Some couples may choose to obtain their own donor sperm. Newlife IVF can also assist you to find donor sperm.
The method of fertilisation recommended will depend on a number of factors, including your preferences and fertility levels.
Methods of fertilisation include:
Additionally, we support couples who wish to share the pregnancy – that is, one partner contributes the egg while the other carries the pregnancy. This option requires the use of IVF.
Gay couples wanting to have a baby require a female surrogate. Although on the increase, surrogate use in Australia poses a more complex situation.
While we are unable to directly assist you in finding a surrogate, we can walk you through every step of the process and what is required. Additionally, we can help you find a donor egg (if required). Once the surrogate and donor egg are confirmed, IVF is then required to begin the pregnancy.
Learn more about surrogacy.
At this consultation, your fertility specialist will take a detailed medical history from you. This may include questions about medical conditions, medications that you take, and more. We also make it a priority to understand any concerns you may have, so we can determine how to best support you through this journey. Your fertility specialist may also perform a physical examination during this consultation.
We’ll conduct a range of tests (e.g. blood tests, imaging studies) prior to commencing fertility treatment. This allows us to proactively address anything that may prevent a successful pregnancy.
You may choose to source your own donor sperm. Alternatively, we can help you find donor sperm.
Your fertility specialist will also discuss your options for fertilisation. The final choice will depend on a number of factors, including your current fertility levels and preferences.
Methods of fertilisation include:
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