If you and your partner have been trying conceive for at least one year, but have been unsuccessful you should consult with a doctor or fertility specialist. You may be suffering from infertility and until you have been diagnosed you will not know if it is your partner or if you are causing the issue. Contrary to popular myths, women are not the only cause of infertility. Infertility affects both females and males.

Infertility Statistics

Studies show that a healthy couple having unprotected sex each month has a 25 percent chance of conception. With these odds couples do not think infertility is an issue – at first. After you have tried to conceive for a year unsuccessfully it is time to see a doctor, gynecologist, or fertility specialist. Tests will be dispersed to determine the issue then you can determine with your doctor if there are any treatment options available.

Sadly, 1 in every 6 couples will suffer from infertility. In 40 percent of those cases, the male causes the fertility issues; however, 40 percent of the women in those cases also suffer from infertility. Both the male and female cause 10 percent of infertility cases. There is also a 10 percent chance that the cause of infertility will remain unknown. Women over the age of 35 have a 1 in 3 chance of being infertile. On the other hand, 1 in 35 men will be sterile. Low sperm counts affect 1 in 25 males.

Male and Female Infertility Types

You and your partner can suffer from various types of infertility; however, when you receive the proper diagnosis, a specialist may be able to treat your infertility. If treatment is not plausible, the specialist will explain your other options.

Females can suffer from:

  • Ovulation Disorders
  • Endometriosis
  • Ovarian Failure
  • Fallopian Tube Damage
  • Uterus Disorders
  • Other fertility issues

Males can suffer from:

  • Sperm Defects
  • Ageing
  • Spermatic Cord Occlusion
  • Immunological Factors
  • Other infertility causes

Preventing Infertility

Your lifestyle is an important factor when it comes to fertility. It is vital to be as healthy as possible by following a wholesome diet and exercise regimen.  This can help you maintain a beneficial weight strengthening your chances for conception. Stresses, lack of sleep, smoking and drinking have the potential to affect your fertility in a negative way. Make sure you have regular check-ups so any unknown medical conditions can be detected early on. If you know the many reasons why your fertility can be compromised, you can develop healthy lifestyles to prevent the issue.

Even if you or your partner suffers from infertility, there are options available for you. In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is one of those options. Studies show that many births around the world occur due to the assistance of reproductive technologies. You can never assume that you are infertile without having tests done but once you have been diagnosed, a specialist can explain the options that are available for you and your partner.

For more information or to schedule your free IVF consultation, please call 07 5478 2482 from the Sunshine Coast or 1300 FERTILITY from other areas of Queensland.