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Age | Your Fertility

It's a biological fact that as women and men age, their potential to have children decreases, although the exact time when thisstarts to happen can vary among individuals

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Nutrition and supplements | Your Fertility

Women and men can improve the chances of a pregnancy and give their baby the best start in life by having a healthy diet, well before a baby is conceived

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Obesity and Fertility | myVMC

Obesity may be defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. It is a medical condition in which excess body fat builds up to the extent that the health of the individual becomes negatively affected. It is becoming increasingly common in both men and women in Western developed nations, including Australia and the US, and exerts significant financial pressure on health care systems.

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Fertility | Jean Hailes - Anxiety: Learn, Think, Do

We know that women experience anxiety more than men, but it makes life even more difficult if you are also struggling with fertility problems. If you would like to know more about worry and anxiety at this time in your life you have come to the right plac

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Pre-conception checklists for men and women | Your Fertility

Planning tohave a baby? Your first step is to make an appointment to see your doctor (with your partner if you have one) for a pre-conception health check

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Healthy conception tool | Your Fertility

This tool is designed to help individuals and couples think about everyday factors that might increase your chances of becoming pregnant, and having a healthy baby

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Pregnancy - Pregnancy Topics - Preparing for pregnancy - medicines and other drugs

When you are planning to become pregnant it is a very good idea to consider whether medicines and drugs that you are taking may affect fertility (how easily you could become pregnant) and whether they are safe during pregnancy.

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Know your health: Contraceptive options | Family Planning NSW

This factsheet is for men and women who want to know about contraception. Contraception is what a man and woman use if they want to have sex together but do not want to have a baby. How a woman gets pregnant A woman's body gets ready for a baby by thickening the lining of the uterus. Each month a woman releases an egg from one of her ovaries. If a woman's egg does not meet

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Contraception (pregnancy prevention) information video | myVMC

Contraception or birth control techniques involve medicines and devices that prevent pregnancy by altering women's hormones, or by creating a sperm barrier.

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Withdrawal Contraceptive Method | myVMC

The withdrawal contraceptive method is a natural family planning method of contraception in which the male partner interrupts intercourse, so that he can withdraw his penis from his partner's vagina prior to ejaculation, preventing sperm entering the woman's uterus.

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