Fertility First

The experts in conception and contraception, naturally.

FAQ

Conception

  1. I have irregular periods and I have been told that I might have problems getting pregnant. Is this true?

    My first question to you would be, what do you mean by irregular periods?  It is normal for woman's menstrual cycles to vary from cycle to cycle.  The important fact to note is that by learning about the signs of fertility that your body produces, you will understand when you are most fertile and be able to time intercourse around this time. 

  2. I had a blood test to check if I was ovulating and it came back negative, meaning I wasn't ovulating. I need to ovulate don't I to get pregnant?

    The blood test you are referring to is probably what is called a day 21 progesterone test.  After an egg has been released, the level of progesterone in a woman's body rises and this is what is measured.  The blood test is done on day 21 on the assumption that you ovulate on day 14 of your cycle.  The actual day of ovulation can vary from cycle to cycle for a woman and can occur very early or very late in a cycle. The blood test may have been done too early in your cycle (i.e. before ovulation had occurred) or you may have not ovulated in that particular cycle.  It is normal for women to have one or two cycles in a year when ovulation doesn't occur.  What we would suggest is that you make contact with one of our fertility educators, learn about the signs of your fertility and how to identify where ovulation has occurred in your cycle.

  3. I have been taking my temperature every day, and waiting till it goes up, then having sex to make a baby, but no luck. Any advice?

    When your temperature rises, and stays high, this is a sign that ovulation has occurred.  Intercourse after the temperature rise is unlikely to result in conception, but, intercourse in the 24-48 hours before the temperature rise occurs, is your best chance of conception.  So, this is were the importance of recording what is happening with the cervical mucus and vaginal sensation comes in.  Contact one of our educators for an appointment to help you with this.

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Contraception

  1. I am totally fed up with taking the pill and it's side effects. A friend suggested I try natural family planning. What's involved?

    Natural family planning is where women are taught how to recognise their signs of fertility and record these on a chart.  They take their temperature each morning after waking and record this on a chart as well.  From the information gathered, a woman can work out if she is in the fertile or infertile part of her cycle.  For contraception, she only has intercourse in the infertile times of her cycle.  To learn more about this, make  contact with one of our fertility educators.

  2. We have been using withdrawal mainly for contraception but we have had a few scares with my period being late. We don't like using condoms. Is there anything natural that we can use?

    There sure is, and it is far more effective than withdrawal.  The Sympto-Thermal Method of Natural Family Planning is very natural and has a 98% effectiveness.  In New Zealand, the method has not had a method failure in six years.  All that is required, is for you to learn how to recognise the signs of your fertility, record this on one of our charts and take your temperature each morning on waking.  Once a cycle of information has been gathered, we can teach you how to recognise the fertile and infertile times of your cycle so that you can have safe unprotected intercourse without worrying about the possability of conceiving.

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Breastfeeding

  1. My midwife has told me that breastfeeding is not a reliable contraceptive method, but my mum said that as long as I am breastfeeding my son that I will be covered. Who is right? I'm confused.

    Breastfeeding is not a form of contraceptive, but breastfeeding can delay the return of a woman's fertility.  How long the delay in one's return to fertility is, depends on a number of factors which include: how old your baby is, the amount of breastfeeding you are doing, whether or not your baby is getting any foods or fluids from other sources besides the breast, whether you have had any bleeding after eight weeks post partum etc.  To find out more, contact one of our fertility educators.

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