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Fertility

Infertility is most simply defined as the inability to achieve conception after a year of unprotected, regular intercourse or the inability to carry a pregnancy to a live birth. 

Of all cases of infertility, 30% may be attributed to the male and 50% to the female; the remaining 20% is undetermined, usually with both female and male factors involved. 

One of the principal causes of increasing rates of infertility in developed countries is the willing postponement of pregnancy due to life style and career choices.. Adverse effects of increasing age on reproductive capacity include decreased conception rates and increased pregnancy losses. The increasing incidence of pelvic inflammatory disease is also thought to be a major cause. Pelvic infections lead to scar formation around the ovaries and the fallopian tubes, thereby impeding the transport of oocytes for fertilization. 

Male infertility may be due to developmental defects, genitourinary infections, mumps during adolescent years, lifestyle factors, obesity and previous trauma, resulting in abnormal semen profiles. 

In most cases the cause of infertility can be determined following thorough investigation, examination and detailed history taking in both partners. Approximately 10% of infertile couples, a thorough evaluation reveals no clear cause, and unexplained infertility is diagnosed.

Initial Consultation

The best place to start on your fertility journey would be to make an appointment with one of our Doctors. It is advisable that you come to this consultation with your partner, as both male and female factors will be investigated. 

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