What is Infertility?

Infertility can be defined as the inability to become pregnant. This does not mean that the couple is unable to have children, but assistance might be needed in the process. The term ‘infertility’ is used in the following cases: where couples have not conceived after twelve months of attempting to conceive; the female partner is over the age of 35 and the couple has not been able to conceive within six months of attempting.
What causes infertility?

Infertility may result from fertility issues with you or your partner and can also be a combination of factors from both partners. Secondary infertility is also prevalent, where a woman is unable to fall pregnant or unable to carry a pregnancy to full term, after previously carrying a pregnancy to live birth. This could also include spontaneous miscarriages. Fortunately, assisted reproductive technologies (ART) have improved significantly and many safe and effective therapies are available to improve your changes of falling pregnant.

Male Infertility

Male factor infertility makes up approximately 40% of South African couples struggling to conceive. Fortunately, most cases can be relatively easily rectified by the use of assisted reproductive technologies (ART).

Female Infertility

Female infertility can be defined as the inability to become pregnant naturally. This does not mean that a woman is unable to have children, but assistance might be needed in the process.

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.

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