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Auckland DHB Women's Health - Fertility PLUS

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Description

Please visit the National Women's Health website for more in depth information

Fertility PLUS has been accredited against Fertility Standards NZ 8181 and is also an RTAC (Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee) accredited Fertility Clinic. Fertility PLUS is recognised internationally for providing in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and many other fertility investigations and treatments.

Fertility PLUS offers both public and private fertility consultations and treatment. It is the Fertility and Reproductive Endocrinology Department of National Women's Health, and includes Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain Clinics. The Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Clinic is also held at Fertility PLUS. We are situated on the fifth floor, Building 4, of the Greenlane Clinical Centre.

As required by Fertility Standards 8181 and RTAC, Fertility PLUS has the following key staff:

  • Dr Neil Johnson: Medical Director
  • Margaret Merrilees: Scientific Director
  • Penny Lewis: Nurse Co-ordinator
  • Megan Downer: ANZICA Counsellor

 

Causes of Infertility

Tubal Infertility

IVF was originally developed to help women whose fallopian tubes are blocked and for whom surgery to overcome the blockage is not possible, or unsuccessful. It is now also used for:

Endometriosis
This is a condition when the tissue that lines the uterus (called the endometrium) is found outside of the uterus. It is 'trapped' in the pelvic area and can affect the ovaries, uterus, and nearby structures. It often causes lower abdominal pain and/or painful periods. This condition is often associated with infertility even when the tubes are open and the woman is ovulating regularly.

Unexplained Infertility
Couples who have been fully investigated and for whom no cause for fertility problems is found.

Male Factor
Current assisted reproductive techniques have meant that egg fertilisation can be achieved with very low numbers of motile ejaculated sperm and even sperm surgically retrieved from the testicles. 

Ovulatory Disorders
Where an egg is not released from the ovary (ovulation) naturally/regularly.

Consultants

Referral Expectations

Public Referrals - Read more on the National Women's Health website

Please note that eligibility for an FSA does not mean eligibility for fertility treatment. At the FSA patients will be assessed for their eligibility for treatment using a CPAC scoring system. For more details please visit National Women's Website

Once eligibility for treatment has been confirmed, at Fertility Plus there is a 9 to 10 month wait for an IVF cycle. There is no wait time before commencing Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) cycles.

Eligibility criteria for publicly funded referrals to NRFS for a first specialist appointment (FSA) for biological infertility:

  • Woman <40 years at time of referral
  • New Zealand resident(s) or work permit for at least two years
  • Woman’s BMI <32
  • Non smoker - or smoking cessation for >3 months duration
  • One year of infertility or known severe cause.


The following test results must be attached to the referral:

  • Semen analysis
  • Antenatal blood screening
  • Current smear
  • HIV, Hep B, Hep C (male and female)
  • FSH and estradiol level Day 2-4 of cycle (within 6 months)
  • Progesterone level 6-8 days before menses.
     

Public referrals should be sent by your GP as an e-referral:
 
Northern Regional Fertility Service (NRFS)

All referrals to NRFS should now come to Maxine Barnard:

Fax no: (09) 837 9144

Phone: (09) 486 8920 ext 6503

Postal address: Level 2, Snelgar building, Private Bag 93-115, Henderson, Auckland 0650 

Healthpoint webpage - http://www.healthpoint.co.nz/public/fertility/northern-region-fertility-service-nrfs/

Any women who are not eligible for public referral can be referred to Fertility PLUS for private consultation and/or treatment.

Fertility PLUS provides a full fertility service with all current treatment options being available, including PGD - pre implantation genetic diagnosis.

Private patients may also self refer using the following contact details for information and prices:

Ph: (09) 630 9810 DDI or (09) 630 9943 Ext 27520
Fax: (09) 631 0728

To email the Fertility Plus Laboratory please use: fertlab@adhb.govt.nz 

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Other

You can also visit the Northern Regional Fertility Service Healthpoint page.

Contact Details

Greenlane Clinical Centre

Central Auckland

To email the Fertility Plus laboratory, patients can use:
fertlab@adhb.govt.nz

Level 5, Building 4
Greenlane Clinical Centre
Greenlane
Auckland

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Street Address

Level 5, Building 4
Greenlane Clinical Centre
Greenlane
Auckland

Postal Address

Private Bag 92189
Auckland 1148

This page was last updated at 11:22AM on April 29, 2015. This information is reviewed and edited by Auckland DHB Women's Health - Fertility PLUS.