Kia ora tatou – welcome to Infertility Info for Kiwis

This site is for couples and singles struggling with infertility in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Maybe you have been trying to conceive (ttc) naturally for a while and want to improve your odds; maybe you are trying alternative medicines such as acupuncture and naturopathy; maybe you are seeing a specialist and dealing with the IUI or IVF rollercoaster. Whatever your story, welcome to the site! :)

Just a disclaimer: I have put this site together as a patient who has gone through the struggle and learned a lot along the way, not as a specialist or doctor. This site is not intended to substitute for medical advice. Rather, it is intended to help you ask good questions and have fruitful discussions with your healthcare practitioner(s) so that you can be a more active partner in decisions that affect your life and your family.

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The importance of selenium for NZ infertility patients

It’s a known fact that New Zealand soils are seriously deficient in selenium, a trace mineral our bodies need. When I went to see a fertility naturopath, she immediately put me on a bunch of supplements including Vitamin E with Selenium. Apparently eating two Brazil nuts per day will provide you with enough Selenium, so [...]

What seems to work best for which poor responders and women over 40?

This is one of those areas where we’d hope the empirical literature would be able to tell us what works for whom and under what conditions. But unfortunately poor responders and women over 40 – and particularly poor responders over 40 – are a relatively small group and rather neglected in the research (JMHO). So, [...]

What are the main IVF options for poor responders?

What are the main IVF protocol options for women with high FSH/low AMH/DOR and poor responders? This post covers the main protocols, choices of stim drugs to use, and the main arguments for high vs. low-stim options. [...]

I’ve got high FSH/low AMH … what does it mean?

If you’ve clocked in with elevated FSH (usually defined as any reading >10) or OK FSH but elevated E2 (>150 in NZ units, or >40 in U.S. units) or low AMH (<14 pmol/l in NZ units, or 2ng/ml in US units), then you have probably been visiting Dr. Google and have come up with a very depressing view of your chances. Your specialist may also have told you this is not good news. And no, it’s not, but here are a few snippets of information I’ve been able to glean in my travels. [...]

What is assisted hatching?

Assisted hatching is an optional extra procedure used in IVF where a small hole is made in the shell (or ‘zona’) of a Day 3 embryo. This is supposed to help (in some cases) the embryo ‘hatch’ out of its shell and transform itself into a blastocyst (usually on Day 5). Is it publicly funded? Should we ask about it? Are there any risks? A few thoughts and some links to a really good site. [...]

Conflicting expert opinions – how do I know who’s right?

So, you finally plucked up the courage to go for a second opinion, and guess what – now you have two or more well-qualified and plausible experts with compelling arguments telling you to do the exact opposite. Who should you trust? Who’s more credible? And, can’t we just rely on the scientific literature to give us the answers? [...]

How do we know when to move on?

“Moving on” can mean a lot of different things: ditching IVF and going natural, moving to donor eggs, donor sperm, donor embryos, adoption, fostering, child-free living, accepting a smaller family than you hoped for … How do we know when it’s time to move on to the next option? And, when should we (and when should we NOT) be making those choices? In this post, I share a bit of my own story from the very lowest points of my ttc journey, how I weighed up the different scenarios of whether the journey would end in failure or end in success, what would have made me move onto another option, how I resisted making big decisions in my darkest hours, etc. [...]

We did IVF but had heaps of empty follicles – help!

Some of us do IVF, go for those scans and see hardly any follicles after all those injections. Others are relieved to see a healthy crop developing as they go through their cycles. Unfortunately, the number of follicles (or “follies”) doesn’t necessarily equate to the number of eggs collected. And for some women, a huge [...]

The Biological Clock: Cool interactive tool from Fertility Associates

Wondering how much time you have left to dilly-dally before seeking treatment? Fertility Associates has just put out a very cool, interactive ‘Biological Clock’ to show you the odds of getting pregnant naturally vs. IVF at your age and beyond, and how long you should wait before seeking treatment depending on your age and how [...]

Can I get travel insurance with an IVF pregnancy?

So you’ve been through (or, are about to go through) the white knuckle ride of IVF cycles and all you desperately need at this point (apart from a 40-week pregnancy) is a nice, relaxing break overseas on some tropical island. But you have a cycle coming up and there’s a slight chance that this one [...]