Combined Infertility Factors
Both the male and female may be infertile or sub-fertile, and the couple´s infertility arises along with the combination of these conditions. For some patients the cause of their infertility may be suspected to be immunological or genetic. It may be that each partner is independently fertile but the couple cannot conceive together without the benefit of treatments offered at Life Fertility Clinic.
The fertility specialists at Life Fertility Clinic are able to provide understanding and treatment for a wide range of infertility management issues.
Infertility is usually not permanent and for most couples, solutions are many and the route to treatments will end in healthy children.
Frequency: A couple may simply not be having intercourse frequently enough at the optimal time to coincide with the most fertile phase of the woman’s cycle. Sperm can live for approximately 72 hours in a woman’s reproductive tract and only during this time can they fertilise an egg. Eggs can survive for 48 hours post ovulation.
Timing: Equally, if the women’s cycle is not regular, conception may not be achieved because intercourse is not occurring at the most fertilise phase of the cycle. This is particularly the case when a woman’s cycle is longer or shorter than the average 28 days.
Technique: For some couples infertility may be as a result of the sperm not being deposited high enough into the vagina. This decreases the chance of the sperm passing through the cervix.
Age: Fertility is intimately related to age, especially in women. Women are born with all the eggs they will ever have in their lifetime. This pool of eggs declines continuously throughout her life. The effects begin to be seen in women in their early thirties and as the number of eggs declines in women over 35 this can increase fertility problems. By the time a woman reaches 40 she will have a drastic reduction in her chances of becoming pregnant. This reduction in pregnancy rates is due to fewer available eggs, a reduction in egg quality and chromosomal abnormalities.
Unexplained infertility: This is a diagnosis by exclusion. Sometimes no diagnosis for a patient’s infertility can be identified, This is known as “idiopathic” or unexplained infertility. In this situation all other causes within reason have been ruled out. Unexplained infertility can be a very frustrating diagnosis for couples as there is no definable cause to which they can attribute their inability to conceive. Fortunately, treatment options offer a significant improvement in the chance of falling pregnant for couples with unexplained infertility.