How common is infertility?



For most people, having trouble falling pregnant comes as a surprise but in reality, up to 1 in 6 couples worldwide have difficulty conceiving in the first 12 months of trying.

After 12 months of trying to become pregnant, it is recommended that you seek medical advice.

The term ‘infertility’ is generally used if a couple has not conceived after 1 year of regular unprotected intercourse, or after 6 months for women aged over 35.


A more accurate term for most people is ‘sub-fertility’, which means the ability to become pregnant is diminished or absent. It does not mean that you are unable to have children but that you may require treatment or assistance to achieve a pregnancy.



Causes of infertility


Many couples who have difficulty conceiving may have a specific medical condition hindering the woman’s ability to become pregnant.

A couple may be infertile due to impaired male or female fertility or a combination of factors from both partners.


Common reasons for having fertility treatment


These include:

  • low sperm count
  • fallopian tube damage
  • ovulation issues
  • endometriosis – a condition in which the tissue lining the uterus is found in other places in the pelvis and this can lead to scar tissue
  • unexplained infertility.


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