A couple isn’t considered infertile until they have been trying to conceive without success for over 12 months. Approximately one in six couples in Ireland experience fertility difficulties. In most cases a couple can be helped with assisted reproductive technology.
In 30% of couples the cause of infertility is attributed to male factor infertility, 30% are female factor, 30% will have a combination of male and female factors and in 10% no cause will be found, this is called unexplained infertility.
A naturally conceived pregnancy requires ovulation, normal healthy sperm and normal tubes and uterus.
Age-related infertility affects an increasing number of couples.