What is it?
- Infertility is defined as not being able to get pregnant despite having frequent, unprotected sex for at least a year.
How do I recognise it?
- The main sign of infertility is the inability for a couple to get pregnant. There may be no other obvious symptoms.
- In some cases, an infertile woman may have abnormal menstrual periods. An infertile man may have some signs of hormonal problems, such as changes in hair growth or sexual function.
The human reproductive process is complex. To become pregnant, the intricate processes of ovulation and fertilization need to work just right.
For some couples attempting pregnancy, something goes wrong in this complex process, resulting in infertility. The cause or causes of infertility can involve one or both partners:
- In about 20 percent of cases, infertility is due to a cause involving only the male partner.
- In about 30 to 40 percent of cases, infertility is due to causes involving both the male and female.
- In the remaining 40 to 50 percent of cases, infertility is due entirely to a cause involving the female.
How do you treat it?
Like any disease, even if there is no cure, there is almost always something you can do to manage it and take control. There are three main areas involved in the treatment of any disease:
How do you live with it?
Certain adjustments may be needed to get on with your life, and often, some simple tips and advice can go a long way to making these changes.
When you come to a Lynch's Pharmacy Clinic, we give you all the necessary information available to make your life more manageable and allow you to better live with your condition.
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