When to Seek Help

Monash IVF is here to support you at every step of your fertility journey. Think of us as your own personal cheer squad, encouraging and guiding you through the process.

The best part? You’re the architect of your own journey. So when you choose to see a fertility specialist is entirely up to you.

When to Seek Help

When should I see a fertility specialist?

Every person is different. You may decide to seek help after trying for a baby for a number of months. Or you may choose to book a consult that bit sooner. Whatever you decide, we’re here for you.

Understanding the definition of infertility may help inform your decision. Technically, infertility is defined as being unable to fall pregnant after:

  • 12 months of regular unprotected sex if you’re under 35
  • 6 months if you’re over 35

When to see a fertility specialist straight away

When trying for a baby, certain diagnoses make the need to see a fertility specialist that bit more urgent.


For women, we recommend you book in with a fertility specialist if you’ve been diagnosed with or treated for:

  • irregular or absent periods
  • PCOS or endometriosis
  • tubal damage (or previous tubal ligation surgery)
  • recurrent miscarriage
  • premature menopause
  • known genetic concerns
  • pelvic inflammatory disease
  • fibroids
  • adenomyosis (resulting in painful intercourse)


For men, we suggest seeing your fertility specialist if you’ve been diagnosed with:

  • low sperm count
  • poor sperm shape (morphology) or movement (motility)
  • anti-sperm antibodies
  • ejaculatory or erectile concerns
  • absence of sperm (azoospermia)
  • known genetic concerns
  • issues from a prior vasectomy

Common questions

Important information for NSW patients

The NSW government have introduced a $500 fertility testing rebate. This applies to NSW patients who have out-of-pocket expenses for fertility testing. To find out how you can access the $500, please click here.
Alternatively, you can contact one of our friendly Monash IVF nurses on 1800 628 533.

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