Understanding infertility

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.

A mother reading to her daughter

Find out more about the common causes of female infertility.

father and child

Find out more about the common causes of male infertility.

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Find out more about unexplained infertility and possible treatment options.