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 Barry Lowe: Acting Medical Director
- Margaret Merrilees: Scientific Director
- Anna Bargiacchi: Nurse Co-ordinator
- Megan Downer: ANZICA Counsellor
Causes of 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:
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.
Couples who have been fully investigated and for whom no cause for fertility problems is found.
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.
Where an egg is not released from the ovary (ovulation) naturally/regularly.