10 Facts about Infertility

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 10:45


1. Infertility is NOT an inconvenience; it is a disease of the reproductive system that impairs the body's ability to perform the basic function of reproduction.

2. Twenty-five percent of infertile couples have more than one factor that contributes to their infertility.

3. Approximately one-third of infertility is attributed to the female partner, one-third attributed to the male partner and one-third is caused by a combination of problems in both partners or, is unexplained.

4. The success rates of IVF are about 1 in 3.

5. Around 2% of babies born in the UK are conceived by IVF.

6. Sexual Positions make no difference! No study has confirmed that one position is more effective than any other in achieving pregnancy. In fact, sperm can be found in the cervical canal mere seconds after ejaculation, regardless of position.

7. It is estimated that one in seven UK couples have difficulty conceiving –approximately 3.5 million people. Though the majority of these will become pregnant naturally given time, a significant minority will not. Of 100 couples trying to conceive naturally, 20 will conceive within one month, 70 will conceive within six months, 85 will conceive within a year 90 will conceive within 18 months 95 will conceive within two years.

8. As with other serious diseases such as cancer and heart disease, infertility can lead to depression and anxiety, affecting job performance and productivity, as well as relationships with family and friends.

9. Infertility puts a family on hold. It is a life stopping crisis that can affect everything a person does, from job performance to self-esteem, to important decisions such as buying a home.

10. Most cases of female infertility are caused by problems with ovulation. Without ovulation, there are no eggs to be fertilized. Some signs that a woman is not ovulating normally include irregular or absent menstrual periods.