Ask the Experts: Fertility 101 with Queensland Fertility Group

Dr Scott Salisbury and Prof. Hayden Homer are here to answer your most pressing questions relating to fertility.

Deciding to grow your family is an exciting time.

There can be a lot to think about, and as a fertility specialist with Queensland Fertility Group in Brisbane, I always suggest beginning with a fertility assessment.

What factors should I be aware of?

If you’re planning on having a genetic link to your child, and/or wish to carry the pregnancy, you may not be aware of personal fertility factors that can influence your desired path to parenthood.

These must be taken into consideration – from gynaecological conditions, sperm or egg health, age, hormonal factors and more.

What fertility tests are there?

The first step is to book an appointment with a fertility specialist.

They will get to know your individual circumstances, assess your reproductive health, and start to tailor a treatment plan that aligns with your desired fertility pathway.

Tests can include a semen analysis if you produce sperm, and for those who have a uterus, tests may involve ultrasound scans.

These can help to help identify any gynaecological issues such as PCOS or endometriosis.

A blood test called the AMH test can also provide a good indication of ovarian reserve.

How do I access donor sperm? 

QFG offers a comprehensive and supportive donor program to assist anyone needing donor eggs, sperm, or embryos; or a surrogate to help them have a baby. 

Sperm donation is becoming increasingly common nowadays, and you can use sperm donated by someone you know or select from our de-identified donors.

Whether using a known or unknown donor, I always recommend speaking to a fertility counsellor.

This way, all checks are in place, and you can have any legal questions answered before commencing treatment. 

All donors at a fertility clinic undergo significant medical and genetic screening.

Then, the sperm is quarantined for infectious diseases before being released for treatment. 

What treatment options are available when using a sperm donor?

Treatment options include intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) with intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). 

For a female same sex relationship, we often facilitate egg sharing.

This is where we collect the eggs of one partner ato create embryos that we then transfer into the other partner to carry the baby.

Are international sperm donors the only option? 

This is a common misconception. No, in Australia there are local de-identified donors that are recruited via fertility clinics and listed on a register, or overseas donors are available.

However, there are different costs for local and international so ensure you get all the information upfront.

Both locally recruited de-identified donors, and international de-identified donors are available through QFG.

Ready to connect? Our doors are always open to have a chat and find out how we can help you achieve your dreams of growing your family.

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