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Measles advice, 19th September 2019

The recent outbreak of measles is continuing with an increase of cases in Auckland. The Ministry of Health recommends that people born between 1969 and 1990 have an MMR booster as they probably only received one MMR vaccination instead of two when they were children. Measles symptoms include a respiratory-type of illness with dry cough, runny nose and headache. Temperatures can be over 38.5C and people feel very unwell. A red blotchy rash starts on day four to five, usually on the face before moving to the chest and arms. The time between exposure and the first symptoms is about 10 days. People are considered infectious from about five days before to five days after rash onset.

If you are planning on becoming pregnant, there are two options recommended by the Ministry of Health:

  • Have an MMR vaccination and wait a month before trying to become pregnant, OR
  • Have a blood test to measure IgG antibodies to Measles. The results of the blood test are usually available within 48-72 hours. If your antibody levels are sufficient, you should have enough immunity. If they are low, then you should consider MMR vaccination.

See the Ministry of Health information webpage for more information about measles:

If you are currently in treatment with us and have any concerns, please call your nursing team on 0800 483 105 and they will be able to help.

If you are already pregnant and worried, please go to your G.P and ask for immunity testing.

FREE Fertility Seminar

Compassionate coping through fertility seminar

Wednesday 7th August 2019, 6-8pm
Repromed Clinic, 105 Remuera Road, Auckland

Going through fertility uncertainty and treatment can be an emotionally challenging time. This free seminar for Repromed clients, will provide you with valuable resilience and life skills to support you through the highs and lows of the fertility journey. Presented by Sarah Friis, this session ‘Compassionate Coping Through Fertility’ will help you handle difficult situations and emotions with greater ease. Find out more here.

Email at Repromed to register, as numbers will be limited.

Successful Fertility Treatments

Endometriosis – client story

I met my partner when I was 31, and we fell head over heels. We both knew we wanted kids and it’s strange, because although I had been diagnosed with stage 4 endometriosis, I was somewhat relaxed about having kids. A part of me suspected we could have trouble because of my history with this, but on the other hand I thought I had plenty of time. You read about celebrities having babies in their 40’s or later so I thought that when I was ready, we would pop a few kids out and life would be grand! How wrong we were!

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Male Fertility Treatments

Tips for conceiving for men

Did you know that it takes around three months for sperm to mature in the testes before they’re ready to successfully fertilise an egg. That’s why pre-game day conditioning can make all the difference to your sperm’s quality, for the best shot at egg fertilisation.  During this time, your health can affect your sperm’s quality, for better or for worse.

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New Life

Endometriosis and Lipiodol

Becoming a mother has always been the most important thing I have wanted to experience in my life. Due to endometriosis and other complications, I had tried unsuccessfully to have my dream realised for 12 long years, and it has been an incredibly difficult and heart-breaking journey for me. It’s unbelievable what I went through, to see where I am today.

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Fertility Stories

Client story – overcoming low ovarian reserve

I had always had a feeling something wasn’t quite right, it was just this strange feeling that I would have problems, a sixth sense I guess. There was no real reason for it.

We had been trying to conceive for over 6 months without success and decided to get some tests done. We were getting older, I was 36 at the time, and rather than waste another 6 months I rang my Doctor and made an appointment. The tests weren’t good. It basically looked like I had no eggs left and I was going into early menopause. What a bombshell.

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Seeds of Hope Ceremony

Public ceremony – Seeds of hope

When: Saturday 4th May from 2 – 3.30pm
Where: Anglican Church of St Columba & Community Centre, 92 Surrey Crescent, Grey Lynn, Auckland

Winnie Duggan, experienced counsellor and celebrant from Wellington and Keeley Jenkins, Fertility New Zealand Committee Member in Auckland and celebrant from Auckland are leading a ceremony to acknowledge the losses connected with infertility.

The same ceremony will be held in Wellington and Auckland on Saturday the 4th of May 2019 from 2.00pm to 3.30pm at the address details below.

Both Winnie and Keeley have been on an infertility journey of their own and therefore personally understand the many facets to a fertility journey and are extremely empathetic to the emotions that can accompany the many stages.

Those struggling with infertility can feel they have nothing tangible to grieve and it can also be a lonely journey.  Ceremony can help by offering the chance to acknowledge losses, by being able to put words to feelings thereby recognising that their loss and grief is real.  Having a public ceremony makes a statement that people are not alone on their journey and can be an extremely powerful experience.

The ceremony has been designed and created to assist in the healing process and to provide hope.  The ceremony will acknowledge the losses connected with infertility – childlessness, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, acknowledging embryo loss, secondary infertility, and loss of dreams.

During the ceremony, those attending will be provided the opportunity to participate, if they feel comfortable, by symbolic activities such as lighting of candles.  It is also hoped that a tree may be planted in Auckland.

The ceremony in Auckland will be held at the Anglican Church of St Columba & Community Centre, 92 Surrey Crescent, Grey Lynn, Auckland from 2.00pm to 3.30pm, in the grounds if the weather permits.  There will also be an opportunity for those present to walk the labyrinth and light refreshments will be provided.

The ceremony in Wellington will be held at Johnsonville Uniting Church, 18 Dr Taylor Terrace, Johnsonville from 2.00pm to 3.30pm.  There too will also be an opportunity for those present to walk the labyrinth and light refreshments will be provided.

For more information click this link.


Guy Gudex Repromed Reception

Fertility Treatments – Where to Begin?

Fertility and conception are private and often vulnerable topics, but those that are keen to start a family will have a lot of questions. How long should you try to conceive before consulting a fertility specialist? What options are available? How does your age or your partner’s age (if applicable) fit into the picture?
Knowing the facts can help to shed light on where you stand on your fertility journey and give a clearer path forward as you make decisions. Read on as Repromed founder and Medical Director, Dr. Guy Gudex answers the most common questions around fertility and conception.

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Fertility Problems - Surviving Christmas

Getting through Christmas

Christmas can be difficult to navigate for those trying to get pregnant.  Being around friends and family with children and having to answer questions from those less perceptive, can cause a whole range of feelings. Repromed counsellor Lani Eagle has some tips for dealing with the festive season.

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Fertility Treatments Consultation

A client’s insight into IVF

My partner and I met while living in different cities in New Zealand. We actually met on an online dating app, while living 400km apart! When we met up for the first time at a city in-between us, we instantly hit it off. We hung out every weekend for 9 months before he made the move up to Auckland.

We hadn’t really talked about starting a family, we were early 30’s and just enjoying each other and working really hard in our careers, but having kids was in the background of our minds. We weren’t using any contraception but after three years together I hadn’t fallen pregnant. When my GP got wind of it during a checkup, she immediately said that something wasn’t right with that situation and referred me to Repromed. I guess underneath it all, I had thought that something was a bit off.

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Genetic Carrier Screening

My learnings about IVF

5 learnings about going through IVF

It’s hard to believe looking back at how much I’ve learnt. Five years ago I was wide eyed, and I guess a little surprised, to learn about the process we would need to go through to have children.  Like most people, I had always thought that when we wanted to start our family, we would just, start our family. Naturally.

As things turned out, my husband and I went through four rounds of IVF over five years.  It was exhausting and emotional and expensive.  But I’d do it again in a heartbeat.  Our two kids give us more joy than we could ever have imagined.

If I could have given myself a little heads up about what to expect back when it all began, this is what I would have said.

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Sperm Egg Embryo Donor Services Fertility Treatments

Donor sperm recipient client

I come from a big family and I have always wanted to be a mother and have children of my own. At 36 I found myself still single, and desperate for a family. Over the years, I have tried everything to meet someone, but haven’t had much luck. I was kind of okay with being single, but I knew I would be heartbroken if I went through life and couldn’t be a mother.

I decided to talk to a fertility expert to find out what my options were. The notebook I took with me to that appointment for writing down notes, is still today, completely covered in tears. I just wanted to be a mother so badly.

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Embryo Donation

Egg recipient client

Considering using an egg donor to complete our family was a really big deal for us. It was a bit scary, as this option was unchartered territory. We didn’t know anyone who had been an egg donor and didn’t know the process involved with finding one. We had attempted several rounds of IVF in order to give our daughter a sibling, but had no luck. Attempting another round of IVF using an egg donor was the next step in achieving our dream of completing our family.

We got married when I was 30, and my husband was 37. We had always talked about how much we wanted a family. We were aware that fertility can go downhill quite rapidly after age 30, so we tried to get pregnant straight after our wedding, but after 6 months, hadn’t had any luck.

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Mana Magazine article - Photo by Qiane

Mana magazine article

Mana magazine have kindly allowed us to publish their 2017 article that featured Repromed clients – a same-sex couple who generously shared their fertility story.
If you missed the article last year, you can read the full article, written by Qiane Matata-Sipu for Mana Magazine, published by Kowhai Media Ltd here.