Infertility is when a couple cannot get pregnant (conceive), despite having regular unprotected sex.
Around one in seven couples may have difficulty conceiving. This is approximately 3.5 million people in the UK.
About 84% of couples will conceive naturally within one year if they have regular unprotected sex.
For couples who have been trying to conceive for more than three years without success, the likelihood of pregnancy occurring within the next year is 25% or less.
Some women get pregnant quickly, but for others it can take longer. It is a good idea for a couple to visit their doctor if they have not conceived after one year of trying.
Women aged 36 and over, and anyone who is already aware they may have fertility problems, should see their doctor sooner. The doctor can check for common causes of fertility problems, and suggest treatments that could help.
A couple will only be diagnosed as being infertile if they have not managed to have a baby after one year of trying. There are two types of infertility:
Read More information About: How Infertility is Diagnosed.
There are many potential Causes of Infertility, and fertility problems can affect either the man or the woman. However, it is not always possible to identify the cause.
Common causes of infertility in women include lack of regular ovulation (the monthly release of an egg), blockage of the fallopian tubes andendometriosis. However, for 25% of couples, the cause is unexplained. In men, the most common cause is poor quality of semen (the fluid containing sperm that is ejaculated during sex).
For some people, leading a healthy lifestyle and staying up to date with regular health checks and tests may help to Prevent Infertility.
Types of fertility treatment available include:
The treatment offered will depend on what is causing your fertility problems and what is available from your local CCG.
You may wish to consider private treatment. This can be expensive, and there is no guarantee it will be successful.
It is important to choose a private clinic carefully. You can ask your doctor for advice, and you should make sure you choose a clinic that is licensed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA).
Read More About: How Infertility is Treated.
Some types of infertility treatment can cause complications, including:
Read More About: complications associated with infertility treatments.
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Treating Ectopic Pregnancy
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Causes of Miscarriage
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Sex After Menopause
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Source: NHS UK