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5Sep, 2015

Understanding some of the basic tests for fertility problems

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Ovulation problems: The term ovulation implies release of an egg from the egg sac (follicle) of the ovary. This usually occurs mid-cycle i.e. day 14 of a 28 day cycle, but the day of ovulation can vary from month to month. Generally, women who have regular periods are ovulating, however, this becomes more dysfunctional and irregular as a woman gets older. Eggs are released when they are mature and this is dependent on the size of the follicle, which grows from a few millimeters at the start of a period […]
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27Aug, 2015

When should one seek help for fertility problems?

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This would vary depending on individual circumstances. Generally if a couple has been trying to conceive for more than a year it is likely that there is a problem contributing to their difficulties, nevertheless, 50% of couples who haven’t conceived after one year will conceive if they wait another year. It is for this reason, that the UK’s National Institute for clinical excellence (NICE) recommends waiting 2 years before undergoing treatment for fertility problems. The problem with this approach is that for older women, particularly those women 40 years or […]
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27Aug, 2015

How common are fertility problems?

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About 1 in 6 couples will seek help for fertility problems (Hull 1985), however it is also known that 1 in 4 couples will experience problems getting pregnant making infertility the most common gynaecological symptom in women of child bearing age. Fertility is a matter of chance and compared to most other mammals, the human is quite inefficient and not that fertile. Humans on average have a 1 in 5 (20%) chance of conceiving each “cycle” (Evers 2002) compared to rabbits that have >90% chance! Most couples who seek help […]
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