Getting pregnant– How common are fertility problems?
The process of getting pregnant is complex as many events must occur at the right time. Most couples assume conception will follow immediately after birth control is discontinued. However, approximately 1 in 6 couples will at some time have difficulty conceiving. The best chance of a fertile couple achieving pregnancy is about 20% in the first month of trying.
If you are having difficulty conceiving you are not alone. However, with expert advice and treatment, many couples can realise their dream of growing a family.
What is infertility?
Infertility is defined as not achieving pregnancy after having regular unprotected sex for 12 months. Older women are advised to seek medical advice after 6 months of trying for a pregnancy. However many young couples may wish to seek advice earlier than 12 months.
Causes of fertility problems
The causes of fertility problems are shared equally between males and females. In some cases the cause, or causes, maybe unknown. Some of the more common problems are: