Understanding fertility

Understanding fertility

The human reproductive system is complex. There are many factors that can affect a person’s fertility, including lifestyle choices, medical conditions and their general health and wellbeing.

This section outlines what is known about fertility, the importance of preconception health, and what to do if you suspect a problem.

Fertility explained

There are a range of factors that can affect fertility. Taking care of your preconception health by modifying your lifestyle can improve your chance of a pregnancy and the health of your future child.

Planning to have a baby

If you are thinking about having a baby in future, there are things you can do to improve your chances. While some medical conditions can reduce fertility, it may just take longer to get pregnant.

Suspecting infertility

About one in six Australian couples experience fertility difficulties. There are many reasons for this, some relating to the male partner, some to the female partner, and sometimes both.