Did you realise that more than one in six of your friends will be experiencing, or already have experienced, infertility? That means that they have been trying for at least a year to have a baby.
This is, of course, a very emotional time for a couple, and in 60% of cases they will be given a diagnosis: sometimes sperm quality will be an issue; for another couple it may be a hormonal problem; for others there may be difficulties with egg quality. Being given a diagnosis is very helpful for the couple, as it helps them to work out what steps they need to take next (e.g. expectant management, surgery, medications, or fertility treatment).
In about 40% of couples, all the test results will come back as ’normal‘. Understanding why they are not conceiving can, therefore, become very stressful. For many of these couples, the good news is that natural conception is generally still possible, and they will be able to become pregnant, even if this takes longer than they had anticipated.
One particular case of infertility is called ’secondary infertility‘. This refers to couples who already have a child, but are having difficulties having other children. One in five of the mums you see at nursery or school will be in that situation. This particular problem with fertility is poorly understood, but it appears that in the majority of cases hormonal imbalance is to blame. These hormonal changes do not usually cause sterility, but they often delay getting pregnant by 12-24 months.
Surveys have shown that most single child families did not decide to only have one child, and that the parents were facing secondary infertility. Unfortunately, the chances of getting pregnant reduce with age, and it is therefore important not to wait too long.
Some couples look at fertility treatment as a means to help them conceive. Unfortunately, however, UK funding is restricted to couples who have not had any children. Couples suffering from secondary infertility therefore have to pay £4000-£5000 for a cycle of IVF.
The success rate of such treatment varies widely and depends on a range of factors. To help you identify what treatment is most likely to succeed and what your chances of getting pregnant are, we recommend using a tool called My IVF Chances. This tool is a at the bottom of this page and is completely free of charge. It will provide you with a report explaining what your best options are and the likelihood of you conceiving after undergoing IVF.
My IVF Chances has been developed by scientists from the University of Cambridge (UK) to help couples understand their fertility options better. Once you have filled in your medical history, the calculator will ’look‘ in the national database for all the couples who have had IVF or ICSI who have similar characteristics (e.g. age, medical condition, time trying, etc). The calculator will email you a full report with an explanation of your likely chances of IVF success.
This unique fertility monitor consists of of a body-worn sensor, a handheld reader, and PC/Mac software. Results transmit to the Cambridge Fertility Centre over the Internet. Created to enable up to 80% of infertile couples to successfuly conceive. Featured on the BBC’s Britains Next Big Thing series, this is a totally natural and non-invasive method to help avoid IVF.
See the website for more information or Buy it from Boots or direct from the makers at http://www.duofertility.com/buy-now
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