Causes of Infertility Part 1 of 8

28 March 2013

Approximately one in six couples face difficulties in conceiving a baby. If you have had unprotected sex for more than 12 months or for those who are over 35, six months and are still not pregnant, you may begin to wonder if you are infertile.

If you decide to seek medical help, the best thing to do is see your doctor who will refer you to an infertility specialist such as Coastal IVF on the Sunshine Coast. The majority of infertility problems can be treated.

Over the next 8 blogs we will outline the most common causes and typical treatments.


Endometriosis (female):

The presence of tissue that normally grows inside the uterus (the uterine lining that sheds with each monthly period) and grows outside the uterus (medterms.com). This is a major cause of infertility in women.

Possible symptoms - Painful menstrual periods, irregular or heavy bleeding and possibly, repeated miscarriages.

Possible solutions - Laparoscopic surgery to remove abnormal tissue and medical treatment to reduce occurrence followed by assisted conception treatment.

Coastal IVF Success rates - Surgery: 30-40 per cent conceive within 18 months after surgery. 70-80% of patients conceive with combined surgery and medical treatment followed by ovulation medication. IVF: 42% clinical pregnancy rate per embryo transfer cycle.