Causes of Infertility Part 3 of 8

4 April 2013

Continuing with female infertility:

Poor egg quality:
Eggs can become damaged or develop abnormalities and therefore cannot sustain a development of the early embryo leading to early pregnancy failures. This problem is often age-related (egg quality declines significantly in the late 30s and early 40s).

Possible symptoms - None.

Possible solutions - Egg donation or surrogacy

Success rates - 43 per cent of women who have a fertilised donor egg implanted become pregnant.


Polycystic Ovary Syndrome:
Is when a female has a hormone imbalance, their ovaries contain many small cysts and do not ovulate regularly.

Possible symptoms - Irregular menstrual periods, excessive hair growth, acne and weight gain.

Possible solutions - Ovulation stimulating drugs, follicle-stimulating hormones, and IVF.

Coastal IVF Success rates – 70 per cent who take fertility drugs ovulate and of those, over half go on to conceive within six to nine months.