Approximately 1 in 6 couples experience infertility. For couples, Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after 12 months of unprotected intercourse (or 6 months if the woman is over the age of 35). Often there is a medical reason for infertility which can be treated. Approximately one-third of the time the woman has a medical issue, one-third of the time the man has a medical issue, and one-third of the time both the man and woman need treatment1. To understand whether a man or woman has an infertility problem, one needs to determine whether:
- The woman is ovulating
- The man has sufficient and healthy sperm
- The sperm and egg can meet
- The fertilized egg can successfully implant in the mother’s womb
A “NO” answer to any one of these questions can result in infertility. This website offers useful resources and guidance for couples or individuals in the first stages of attempting to understand the source of their fertility concerns.
1www.reproductivefacts.org – FAQ – What Causes Infertility?