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What is Infertility?

What is infertility?

Infertility is a common problem affecting one in six couples at some point in their life. It is usually defined as the inability of a couple to conceive after 12 months of unprotected intercourse. However, some couples suspect they have a fertility problem within a year. Approximately 80% of couples will be pregnant after 12 months of trying, while another 5-15% will conceive in their second year of trying. 

Female age is a very important factor to be pregnant when trying to conceive. A woman has a 22% chance of conceiving each month in her twenties, 10% each month in her mid-thirties and 3% per month at forty. This happens because as age advances, both the number and quality of women’s eggs decline. Success rates for all forms of fertility treatment decline with female age, as well. So it is important that you seek help early if you are trying to conceive at an older age. The success rate to conceive also decreases with the increase in age of the male partner as well, but to a lesser extent than that seen in women.

Relatively many couples are truly ‘infertile’ from the beginning and have no chance of conceiving naturally. For many couples, one or a number of reasons together are responsible for reducing their monthly chance of conception. For some couples, other general health issues can also reduce the chances of conception.

So, if you feel, you have fertility problem & you are planning for a child, try to find out the appropriate reasons & its treatment with the help of an appropriate specialist doctor.