Trying to conceive and first seeking help

Experiences of first trying to conceive and seeking help varied according to people’s expectations and knowledge about their fertility. Some people we spoke with who were in heterosexual couple relationships did not expect to have trouble becoming pregnant and sought help after they had tried for some time without success. Others recalled expecting they would have difficulties because of past reproductive or other health problems, prompting them to seek advice before trying to conceive or early in the process. Women and gender diverse people who knew they would need donor sperm were aware they would need assistance to conceive, whether via home insemination or IVF. After obtaining a referral from a GP, a necessary first step in the Australian health care system, most people sought help from a fertility specialist or gynaecologist.