When do I need to seek help if I have been unable to conceive?
For women under 35 years of age it is recommended that you seek advice after having regular unprotected intercourse for 12 months without conceiving, for women over 35 this is after 6 months.
There are certain circumstances when you may need to seek help earlier than this, such as if you do not have a regular menstrual period, or if you or your partner are known to have a condition that affects fertility.
If you are feeling extremely anxious about your fertility some basic testing performed at an earlier stage may help to put your mind at ease.
What is the first step in seeking fertility advice?
The first step is to see your general practitioner, who may perform some initial testing and/or refer you to a fertility specialist. A GP referral is necessary to get a medicare rebate for your specialist appointment and any fertility treatment.