Infertility

Infertility

Infertility: Infertility in the medical community is defined as, the inability to get pregnant after 12 months of unprotected intercourse. Infertility is common, in Canada infertility affects approximately 13% of couples. Couples at their peak fertility have a 20% per month chance of getting pregnant. Each month that a couple does not get pregnant, their chance of pregnancy decreases (see below). However, don’t be discouraged, 60% of couples get pregnant within 6 months, 80% in 12 months and 90% in 18 months.  For doctors, our guidelines tell us to only refer our patients to infertility clinics after 1 year of trying for women under 35 years of age and after 6 months for women over 35 years of age. That is because, fertility decreases with age; women over 35 have more difficulty getting pregnant and may have higher pregnancy complications. While some of this might seem like depressing news, there are many treatable causes for infertility and now-a-days the treatments available for infertility are incredible! What was your experience with fertility? Do you have any personal stories you would like to share to help spread the word about infertility? email me!

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