Kiwi couples talk fertility struggles in new documentary series Inconceivable
Teresa and David Hill never expected to have problems conceiving a child.
The Wellington couple were in their early 20s when they decided to start trying for a baby.
Teresa, then 21, already had a child from a previous relationship so knew she was able to carry a baby.
After a year of trying, Teresa still wasn't pregnant so the couple decided to seek medical help. Tests revealed David had zero sperm count.
"Getting a low sperm count was worst case scenario, but getting zero was like 'holy ****'," says Teresa.
"I remember walking out of the doctor's room and I was pretty much near on hysterical and Dave was paying the bill.
"He had no emotion on his face but was completely shattered."
Teresa, 27, and David, 30, feature in Inconceivable, a new local documentary series which charts the fertility struggles of eight couples over a period of two years.
Media reports suggest that infertility affects around one in six couples in New Zealand.
While having children later in life is believed to be one of the most publicised reasons for infertility, there are other lesser-known causes.
"When we found out what the problem was, it was devastating but at the same time, a relief," explains Teresa. "I know some people who have unexplained fertility and that must be awful.
"Ours was clear-cut – 'You have zero sperm, this is why you'll need to do IVF so you can hopefully have a baby'. It was shitty but it could have been a lot worse."
For the Hills, it meant going on a waiting list for a couple of years before receiving publicly funded fertility treatment.
David says having fertility treatment was stressful but that it brought him and his wife closer together.
Teresa didn't have any friends her own age with fertility battles so she went online.
She says infertility is, "Insanely common. I think if you talk about it, everybody knows someone that's had issues," she says.
"I reached out on to online forums and it was a whole new world that I didn't know about."
Inconceivable, TV One, starts Tuesday July 5
- TV Guide