Is Infertility Caused More Often by Female or a Male Problems?

There are so many female factors that can contribute to infertility. Endometriosis, hormone irregularities and problems associated with the fertilized egg implanting and then carrying the pregnancy are just some of the issues. This leads people to often assume that i infertility is largely a female problem but statistics show that it is 1/3 female, 1/3 male and 1/3 both together. Do you find this interesting? Many people do.

People also find it interesting that a couple ages 29-33 with a normal functioning reproductive system has only a 20-25% chance of conceiving in any given month. After six months of trying, 60% of couples will conceive without medical assistance. Many think that pregnancy happens much easier and more often than is really the case. Especially new couples who are trying hard to conceive. Waiting each month to do a pregnancy teat and see a disappointing result feels daunting and feels like forever, but really, nature takes its time even when you are really trying.

But when does a couple know when it is time to seek fertility help? If a woman is over 35 and six months of trying has come and gone it is a good idea to seek a professional opinion. It takes the average young couple 4-6 months to conceive, with approximately 85-95% getting pregnant after one year of trying. So if you are younger than 35 and it has been a year of trying, go get a consultation to make sure that you are capable of conceiving on your own.

Approximately 44% of women with infertility have sought medical assistance. Of those who seek medical intervention, approximately 65% give birth.

Approximately 85-90% of infertility cases are treated with drug therapy or surgical procedures. Fewer than 3% need advanced reproductive technologies like in vitro fertilization (IVF).

The most recently available statistics indicate the live birth rate per fresh non-donor embryo transfer is 47.7% if the woman is under 35 years of age and 39.2% if the woman is age 35-37.

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Michael Hickey