Infertility is the inability to achieve pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular, unprotected sexual intercourse (or after 6 months if the woman is older than 35). The term describes men who can’t get a woman pregnant and women who can’t get pregnant or carry a pregnancy to term. Health conditions and behaviors, age, genetics, and other factors can all cause or contribute to infertility in men and women. Infertility is the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse, or the inability to carry a pregnancy to term. To get a more accurate answer to the question “what is infertility”? this definition is reduced to six months for
- Women over 35
- Women with a history of painful periods, irregular cycles, pelvic inflammatory disease and miscarriages
- Couples who know that the male partner has a low sperm count
In 1/3 of infertile couples, the problem is with the man.
In 1/3 of infertile couples, the problem can’t be identified, or is with both the man and woman.
In 1/3 of infertile couples, the problem is with the woman.
The earlier you seek help, the greater your chances for success. If you and your partner have been trying to conceive without success, have been diagnosed with infertility, or have a non-traditional relationship inhibits you from getting pregnant, we urge you to see a specialist as soon as possible.
meaning to say that both partners have to be evaluated simultaneously.
Common Causes – Men and Women
- Exposure to chemicals
- Cancer and/or exposure to radiation or chemotherapy
- Conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and autoimmune disorders
- Smoking and/or alcohol
- drug abuse Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
People are waiting longer than ever before to start families. Women are now 8 times more likely to have their first child after age 35 than they were in 1970. But waiting too long can cause problems.
As age increases, so does the likelihood of infertility.