A normal fertile couple in their mid-20s having regular sex has a one in four chance of conceiving each month. This means that around nine out of ten couples trying for a baby will conceive within a year. However, one in ten will not—and these couples are deemed either subfertile or infertile.
Infertility is usually defined by fertility specialists as the inability to conceive after at least one year of trying. Many infertile couples can be successfully helped by assisted-conception treatments.
Many people tend to have the misguided idea that infertility is mainly due to the woman. However, men actually account for around half of all infertility cases faced by couples. Having both partners get assessed, and be present to support each other through the often-emotional journey together, can go a long way.
Assisted conception is not usually a first resort in the treatment of infertility. Other options such as optimising the timing of intercourse (to coincide with ovulation) may be tried first; as well as lifestyle and dietary changes to help couples to get into better health, which helps improve fertility.
Should there be other underlying medical conditions hindering natural fertilisation (e.g. blocked fallopian tubes), then assisted reproduction methods like IVF (in-vitro fertilisation) may be recommended.
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