Fertility treatments for heterosexual couples
At Wijnland, our passionate team has helped couples from around the world start the exciting (and yes, sometimes a little scary!) path to becoming parents.

We are experts in both male and female infertility, and have access to some of the most advanced fertility, embryology, assisted reproduction, and laboratory technologies available on the planet today.

This, coupled with our commitment to providing exceptional psychological support, is one of the reasons our success rates are so high.
FERTILITY TREATMENTS, DIAGNOSTICS, AND PROCEDURES FOR COUPLES
Fertility Preservation
  • Egg freezing, sperm, embryo, testis biopsy and ovarian tissue freezing
  • Oncology Clinic (fertility preservation after a cancer diagnosis or during treatment)
Fertility surgery / testing / diagnostic investigations & procedures
  • Endoscopy – Laparoscopy and Hysteroscopy
  • Miscarriage Clinic
Alternative ART solutions

We are constantly expanding our range of services as new technologies and techniques become available. There is always hope!

Please feel free to reach out if you have questions, or would like to come in for a chat with one of our fertility specialists in Stellenbosch, Cape Town.

WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME TO START FERTILITY TREATMENT?

For heterosexual couples where the female is below the age of 37, we would advise you to consider fertility treatment if you have been trying to conceive naturally for 12 months or more without falling pregnant. 

If you are above the age of 37, seeing one of our experts for an assessment is recommended after trying for 6 months, especially if you have suffered one or more miscarriages, or have a family history of fertility troubles.  

If you’re not sure whether you’re ready to start your family just yet, remember that fertility preservation in the form of egg and/or sperm freezing is an increasingly popular option. You don’t have to put your career on hold just because your biological clock is ticking!  

It’s also advisable to consult a fertility specialist if you have a condition such as endometriosis, PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) or have irregular periods which can make getting your timing right tricky! For younger couples, a simple ovulation induction treatment can be all that’s needed for a successful conception. For males, a family history of low sperm count or impotence is a good reason to seek the advice of a fertility clinic, especially if you are over the age of 40.

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF INFERTILITY IN HETEROSEXUAL COUPLES?

Infertility in couples may be caused by a combination of both male and female factors, or one partner who has a condition they’re not aware of. It’s important to remember that no-one is to blame for infertility, but that this should be seen as a challenge which you can overcome together.

Female infertility

In women, trouble conceiving can be caused by a variety of physical and hormonal issues. Some conditions, such as PCOS, often remain undiagnosed for years until the patient struggles to fall pregnant. 

Uterine abnormalities present from birth, and fallopian tube blockage or damage may also make it harder for her to conceive. Thankfully, most of the common infertility causes in women can be treated, or corrected through surgery, and coupled with an assisted conception technique like IVF, there is normally a high chance you’ll be able to have a healthy pregnancy and child! 

Read more about female infertility here

Male infertility

In men, low sperm production or unusual sperm morphology (which makes it harder for them to enter the egg cell) are the most common causes of infertility. It is only in very rare instances that no sperm is present at all. 

This means that where a couple is experiencing male factor infertility, techniques such as IMSI and ICSI – where a single sperm is actually placed inside the egg cell – have a very high chance of success.

Read more about male infertility here

Both partners contributing infertility factors

Should both partners have a contributing infertility factor, there are still options available. These include the use of donor egg or sperm, embryos, or the use of a surrogate to carry your child to term for you. 

WE’RE HERE TO HELP
We understand that asking for help with any medical issue can be uncomfortable, often even more so when your reproductive health is concerned. Rest assured that Wijnland’s experienced staff know exactly what you’re going through, and will be with you every step of the way on your journey to becoming parents!