Fertility will be the topic of conversation at a planned information day.
Fertility New Zealand is holding the day for people experiencing infertility or interested in learning more about their fertility.
The Edge radio hosts Jay-Jay Feeney and Dominic Harvey are the registered charity’s ambassadors and are conscious of the decline of fertility with age, including decreased chances of success with fertility treatment.
‘‘As we approach 40 the panic sets in. And now that Dom is 40 and I am nearly 39, we wonder if we are wasting our time by still continuing with fertility treatment,’’ Ms Feeney says.
Fertility New Zealand says it is wise to consider age as a factor when planning for a family.
Preconception health is equally as important for men as it is for women. Making minor changes such as to diet and lifestyle can maximise the chances of fathering a healthy baby.
Also, men and women can consider preserving their fertility, if they would like to be parents one day but are not yet ready, or have not yet met a prospective partner.
Both sperm and eggs can be ‘‘frozen’’ (cryogenically preserved).
Dr Phill McChesney, from Fertility Associates, says ‘‘ sperm cryopreservation has been available for decades and is vital for fertility preservation for men undergoing chemotherapy or with significant medical conditions’’.
‘‘Oocyte [egg] cryopreservation has come a long way in the past few years with results now expected to be equivalent to using fresh oocytes.’’
The information day is being held in Takapuna on Saturday and includes topics such as preserving fertility, embryology, preconception health, fertility tourism and Jay-Jay and Dom’s fertility journey.
Fertility issues: The Edge radio hosts Jay-Jay Feeney and Dominic Harvey are Fertility New Zealand’s ambassadors.