What you need to know about infertility and what you can do about it

How To Handle Infertility In Australia

Infertility is an unfortunate certainty for many people. it means disappointment and sadness for everyone involved. Having a child is one of the best feelings in this life and being deprived of that seems unfair. I want to talk to you about this condition, which has been known to affect every 15 in 100 Australians that are of reproductive age. And i want to discuss what can be done to not only prevent this issue, but overcome it and come out the other side a better, happier person, able to life a full and happy life.

How To Check For Infertility

Who does infertility affect

Roughly 2 in 5 couples suffering from infertility is due to a male sperm related issue, while 2 in 5 are because of an issue with the female reproductive systems. So, as you can see, this is pretty evenly split on whose “fault” it is if you want to look at it that way. this also means there is a 1 in 10 chance that it could be both partners that have fertility problems, so when you do go see your doctor to have this issue tested for, you should make sure that you are having both parties tested despite what you “think” the problem is.

Common causes of infertility in women

There are several factors that can be at work when it comes to infertility, and these factors differ among men and women. Let’s take a closer look at this and see if any of these issues sound familiar to you before you get tested. As a woman you may have infertility based on:

  • A woman’s age
  • If there are problems with the Fallopian tubes or a tubal disease
  • Disorders in your ovulation
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibrosis
  • A pelvic inflammatory disease that is caused by a sexually transmitted disease
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome

Causes of infertility in men

If you are a man, and you believe there may be an issue with yourself causing any sort of infertility you need to be on the look out for the following issues, of course some of them may not be observable so see a doctor at your earliest convenience:

  • A blocked/absent vas deferens
  • a high number of sperm that is shaped abnormally
  • Failure to produce sperm from sexual interaction
  • If you have a form of anti-sperm antibodies in your system
  • DNA fragmentation of your sperm
  • a low sperm count/ or otherwise low sperm production
  • or a genetic disease known as cystic fibrosis or chromosomal variation

Smoking and drug use

If you believe you or your partner are suffering from infertility issues there are some self inflicted risk factors that you may be able to reduce or reverse to help stop some of the harmful effects that may be causing your issues.  If you happen to smoke tobacco or marijuana this can reduce your chances of successfully getting pregnant. Smoking can even reduce how effective and current fertility treatments like Clomid in Australia you are undergoing are. It can increase chances for erectile dysfunction and even lower sperm count in men so avoid this at all costs.

Additional factors that influence fertility

Alcohol can be an inhibiting factor as well. Obviously during any point that you are trying to conceive a child it is important that a women does not, under any circumstances, consume alcohol. This can contribute to infertility. Much like with tobacco or marijuana products, using alcohol heavily can cause a mans sperm count and their motility to be reduced. As much as many people do not want to hear it, your weight can also be a factor that causes you to be less fertile. Just being inactive in itself can cause infertility, and being overweight can, once again, lower sperm counts.

Try to stay healthy, not only for your chances to conceive, but for your health and heart when you do finally manage to have a child so you can be there for them for many years to come.

Maintain a healthy perspective

Remember, don’t go too overboard with weight loss. Being too skinny can also cause fertility problems. Once again, you guessed it, being underweight has an effect on a mans sperm count. This is especially true in people who have eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia. Thankfully, fertility is not a dead end, and many couples who face it still eventually manage to produce a child. So talk to your doctor and start living your best life today and as always, be happy, and be healthy.

Dr. John Hanson, MD

Trauma surgeon at Sydney Medical Centre
Dr. John Hanson, MD Dr. John Hanson, MD has been a resident of the Sydney area since the 1980's when he immigrated with his parents from South Africa after they were caught between the violence of two warlords. Dr. Hanson attended Sidney High School where he graduated at the top of his class. He went on to attend ANU Medical School where he studied for several years. Dr. Hanson graduated from ANU Medical School with a 4.0-grade point average and became an intern at Sydney Children's Hospital. Dr. Hanson was always trying to spend time outdoors where he would collect small animals and large insects to study. He would frequently come home with a tarantula in a box or a pet snake. One time Dr. Hanson discovered a baby Koala who was all alone after its parents were killed in a wildfire. Dr. Hanson nursed the baby Koala back to health and he continued to raise it since it had no hope of being reintroduced to the wild. Dr. Hanson became known for his pet Koala and he would even bring the Koala which he named Reginald to the hospital to visit sick children. Dr. Hanson quickly became a legendary name at the children's hospital where he worked as an intern thanks to his buddy Reginald. Upon concluding his internship, Dr. Hanson went on to become a resident Doctor at Sydney Medical Centre where he treated burn victims, car accident victims, and other traumatic injuries. The ability to operate with a steady hand and remain focused despite the grievous injuries in front of him earned him a reputation for being the best at the hospital. Sydney Children's Hospital offered Dr. Hanson a position on the board in 2014 and in 2017 Dr. Hanson became the President of the Sydney Children's Hospital but still maintained his role at Sydney Medical Centre as a trauma surgeon. The ability to work calmly under pressure is the trait of a good doctor and Dr. Hanson is no exception. He has a cunning business sense and a heart filled with passion for helping others and is known as an asset to the community of Sydney.
Dr. John Hanson, MD

14 thoughts on “What you need to know about infertility and what you can do about it

  1. From my early teens, I had female issues. In my twenties, I was diagnosed with endometriosis. At one point I was given drugs to put me into menopause. I thought I would never have children. Miraculously, I had two children when I was in my mid-thirties. I am so grateful to modern medicine.


  3. Trying to get pregnant the natural way for me was like winning the lottery, it just never happened. It wasn’t my husband’s fault, his little swimmers were active and abundant. Apparently, it was me. While I couldn’t get pregnant, I just wanted to share in the love of having a family. Now 10 years later, we’re parents to two children we adopted and have never looked back.

  4. I couldn’t take it anymore not being able to have children. All my brothers and sisters continually were becoming pregnant. They call and I’d have to congratulate them while I was burning up inside. I love my nieces and nephews but it was tortuous to know that I wasn’t able to have one that would call me Mom. Then my life changed for the better. I found out about an adoption agency that would help us. We found the child we had been dreaming about and life would never be the same. What a joy after all the hardship!

  5. It has always been my dream to be a housewife and mother like my mother was. I always dreamed of having kids and a big family. I wanted to be the perfect mother, like my mother, and give my kids all the love I have. My father used to tell me he can’t wait to have grandchildren running around and have little mini me’s. When I found out I couldn’t have children, I was devastated. I felt like all my dreams and plans were crushed and I didn’t want to disappoint the people in my life. It doesn’t just affect me, but them as well and I felt like a failure. It took me a long time to come to terms with it but I now know that I can still have a family and adopt. I know I’ll love my adopted child as much as I would my own. I’m very lucky for the supportive family that I have.

  6. After three years of trying, my husband and I realized we were probably not going to conceive a baby. It wasn’t hard to figure out why. I was 40 years old – past the prime reproductive years for women – and a triathlete. The heavy training schedule required for my sport meant my reproductive cycle was completely out of whack. I was sorry about not being able to conceive at first. I would have stopped training to have a baby, as I want to be a mother and raise another person. It also kind of hurts to watch friends of mine get pregnant and have children. But there’s always adoption. Maybe adopting a baby is the better option. There are children in the world who need good homes, and we can provide one.

  7. It’s not right that a woman can be barren in her twenties, before she even considers settling down with a man and having a family. But that happened to me. I’m going to have to adopt instead, though there might be solutions according to my doctor.

  8. I was recently marrried had been a year. I was ready to be a mom, everything inside me screamed! I began to start eating healthier and charting my periods so that I be ready on my ovulation days. 3 years passed and nothing. I was feeling rejected by God as a woman. I thought why is it so easy for everyone else and here I am stuggling to be a mom. After Doctor confirmation that we did not have fertility issues we just kept praying and trying. But all the foods they said you should eat and things to cut out of your diet just did not work. Periods were ontime ovulating days were honored. Stress and sadness began to build. Finally Infetility was such a burden that me and my partner began to fight and argue about it, casting blame back and forth. It was overwhelming that the ugly person in him began to show, and so then I was glad that we did not have a child together. We ended our marriage. A year later I found and married my first love, he had a son already, but I told him that we may have to adopt as pregnancy was not in my future. Come to find out 8 months later I found out the biggest news of my life I was pregnant. Sometimes it is not the right time or with the right person. I have 3 beautiful boys now.


  10. Female Infertility can be a deviating condition I imagine for some women. I personally did not feel whole until I was a mother. I am so sad for anyone who would want children but was unable. However there are many children who are in need of love and maybe adoption is an option for some.

  11. At 16 years old I found myself slowly missing my menstrual cycles. Either they would come late or not at all. At one point it had been over a year that i had one and many close family members started to worry about why i was not having them. As a young kid i thought nothing of it. Thinking it was cool to not have them anymore. I also knew that i was not pregnant so i was unconcerned. Two years after this started I finally spoke up and mentioned this to my family Doctor. My Doctor mentioned that she might have an idea of what it might be that was causing this issue. she mentioned that i would have to have blood work done before she could be certain of what it was. After the blood work came back i was asked to come in to the Doctor office and to meet with my Doctor. She told me that my blood work came back and that i had what she thought was called P.C.O.S. the most common infertility issue that women have. She told me that there wasn’t an exact known cause of it and there were no cures, only temporary fixes for some of the side effects. At 18 i sat in the doctors office and my heart broke as i listened to the possible issues i might face in the future, the side effects, the possibility of not ever having a child, it might taking longer than normal to get pregnant, and the possibility that if i do get pregnant that it might not be a successful pregnancy and it turning into a miscarriage.

    Going home that night i cried at the fact that i may never be able to have a child of my own. i was told that adoption was an option but it never felt like i would be able to love an adopted child as much as i would be able to love my own biological child. i then started to convince myself that i did not want children. and for the next 7 years i believed that. As w young woman i would choose potential partners that either already had children and did not want more, or partners that were older in age and did not want to have children this late in their lives.

    But after a few relationships i met a man that i fell in love with and married. My husband and i both talked when we first met and i told him i was unable to have children and did not want them anyways and he told me he did not want children. we thought that we were perfect in this area in our relationship, that is until we married two and a half years after we started dating. at this time i am 28 years old and love my husband very much, but i secretly would live to start a family with him. he on the other hand is content with our family being just us. It hurts to know that i will not be able to give birth to a child that will be a perfect mix of both my husband and I, but i knew that both 10 years ago and also again 3 years ago. So for now i have to come to terms with such things and hopefully find peace with it once again.

  12. My partner and I have been together for nearly five years. After four, we’ve decided to start trying for a baby. Although it hasn’t been an entirely long time to try, it’s discouraging month after month taking tests, and having them come up negative. Part of me thinks it maybe my partner may have fertility issues, because his parents took YEARS to conceive. I am doing my best to be as healthy as possible, by eating good and making sure to get my steps in!

  13. I was lucky. I wasn’t one of the 11% of women who suffer from infertility. I did however feel like I would never get pregnant. It took us almost a year to get the positive pregnancy test. By then I had taken so many I didn’t believe the line that I saw. I had my husband come and check and make sure that the lines were truly there and I didn’t have “line eyes”.

  14. My girlfriend and I wanted to have a child but due to her infertility, it has been a very hard journey. Due to her past and being sexually assaulted as a young child, it is something that affects her every day of her life. My mothers side of the family is very infertile, i was known as the “miracle baby”. my mother had tried multiple times to have a baby and each resulted in miscarriages except for me. I came out very sickly and allergic to almost everyday, i spent weeks in the hospital and i came out two months early, luckily i am here. I have not yet been tested to find out whether i am infertile and I do not plan on it because truthfully, I am terrified to find out the answer. I have a long range of diseases within my family that include cancer, heart disease, and even liver disease, I am afraid that I will pass that on yo my child. Although I have not been tested, I consider myself infertile.

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