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Your Fertility

Your Fertility aims to create awareness about pre-conception, factors affecting fertility and reproductive outcomes to inform timely reproductive decisions. The program provides information and resources for health professionals, men and women wanting to have a child - whether that’s now or in the future.

Your Fertility - ‘Supporting Reproductive Choices’, is a national public education program funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services.

For those not thinking about children quite yet, Your Fertility offers fertility information that will be helpful for later on. Information on other factors such as sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is also provided.

The top five fertility factors - age, timing, weight, smoking and alcohol - are featured within the Your Fertility website and tailored for both men and women.

View the Your Fertility's animations and videos for more information.

Your Fertility is brought to you by the Fertility Coalition: lead agency Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority, Andrology Australia, Jean Hailes for Women’s Health and The Robinson Research Institute.

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Last reviewed: March 2017

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40 is the new 30 Unless you want to have children

We live longer, healthier lives these days, so we can falsely believe that good health invariably means good fertility. The truth is, the longer we leave it, the harder it can be to get pregnant.

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Age, fertility and assisted reproductive technology

In most developed countries the age of childbearing is increasing. In Australia in 2000 the median age of women giving birth was 29.8 years. By 2006 this increased to 30.8 years and since 2007 has remained at 30.7 years.

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Genetics and genomics

Applications of genetics and genomics are flooding into clinical medicine and personal genotyping will influence many medical and health decisions in the future. This is particularly important in peri-conception care where couples have the opportunity to evaluate, prevent or get early diagnoses of genetic diseases.

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Smoking and fertility

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This is an important conversation - it could end in sex

It’s about when to start a family. About pregnancy. Your sperm. Her eggs. Fertility. These are topics that couples can put off discussing, because, well, life just gets in the way.

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Smoking and fertility

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Fertility Coalition

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You’re in a relationship? It’s OK to use the ‘F’ word

Family. There, we’ve said it. Many couples put off discussing when to start theirs. But don’t wait too long. Fertility rates and the chances of having healthy children start to drop sooner than you might imagine.

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Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are prevalent across Australia and the incidence of some STIs is rising. Some STIs can impact fertility in both men and women, affect a woman’s ability to carry a pregnancy, and influence child health outcomes.

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Effects of caffeine, alcohol and smoking on fertility

There is an increasing body of evidence that lifestyle factors affect fertility. As most lifestyle factors can be modified, providing advice and support in making healthy lifestyle changes can promote fertility. The evidence relating to the effects on fertility of caffeine, alcohol consumption and smoking are discussed here.

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