With the journey of fertility & IVF an often complex and daunting one, knowing what’s right and what’s wrong in preparation for your treatment is key to ensuring you get the best outcome.

Find out if these common fertility beliefs are true or false:

Long abstinence Improves sperm equality.

False. Exactly the opposite is true! Long abstinence results in lower quality sperm as the ratio of immotile spermatozoa increases. To increase your chances of conception we advise coitus every 1-3 days around the time of ovulation (which is usually between day 10-17 of an average 28 day cycle).

Alcohol has a negative effect on the male reproductive function.

True. Studies have shown that excessive consumption of alcohol may adversely affect sperm quality and delay natural conception.

Smoking has a significantly adverse affect both on male and female fertility.

True. Smoking is a major limiting factor for a couple’s prognosis; it has a negative effect on the quality of both sperm and oocytes as well as the function of the uterus. Smoking will decrease success rates of all methods of assisted conception by 30% or more.

A healthy diet combined with moderate physical exercise improves your fertility potential.

True. An increasing number of studies confirm that lifestyle may have a significant effect on the probability of pregnancy. Couples with an unhealthy lifestyle undergoing IVF treatment are less likely to achieve a pregnancy. And couples can improve their prognosis by adopting certain lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking and losing weight. Even if it is only for a period of one or two months before their treatment!

Let the Sunshine Coast’s premier IVF Clinic – Coastal IVF, assist you with your pregnancy.
We are proud to be one of Australia’s most successful IVF Clinics based on pregnancy rates as a predictor of a successful outcome.

Contact us today to find out what you can do to get started on your journey.


  • 07 5443 4301

  • Coastal IVF,
    Level 4,
    Esplanade and Second Avenue,
    (Sunshine Coast)
    QLD, Australia

Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm
Weekends Closed

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