We define infertility as the inability to conceive a baby after 12 months of unprotected sexual intercourse. This affects around 15% of Australian couples of reproductive age, and can be due to a range of genetic, medical, surgical or trauma-related issues.
Infertility affects men as well as women
Many people think infertility is a female problem, but it can actually be caused by both male and female factors. In our experience, around 40% of cases are male related, 40% are female related and 35% are unexplained. In many cases, both partners have infertility issues.
Age is the major reason for infertility
A woman’s age is the single most important factor influencing a couple’s chances of conceiving. That’s why we strongly recommend you seek assistance after 6 months of trying if you are over 35, and after 12 months if you are under 35.
At Hunter IVF, we encourage all couples over the age of 30 who are having difficulties conceiving to see an infertility treatment specialist.
Today, there are many ways to overcome infertility. Advances in reproductive technology, IVF treatment and other forms of assisted conception now offer a much higher chance of success than persevering with natural conception.
When you first see your fertility specialist, they will discuss with you your chances of conceiving – which can be anywhere between 5% and 55% per treatment cycle, depending on your individual issues and the chosen infertility treatment. Your chances of success can be influenced by:
- your age
- your partner’s age
- how long you have been trying to conceive
- whether you or your partner has been a parent before
- any previous infertility treatment you may have had
- how well the eggs and sperm are likely to fertilise and develop into healthy embryos.
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