Fer­til­ity dis­cussed

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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