Understanding Infertility

Understanding Infertility

INFERTILITY is the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse. Women who are able to get pregnant but then have repeated miscarriages are also said to be sub fertile. Infertility is classified as primary or secondary, depending on previous history of pregnancy.

Primary Infertility

Primary infertility is defined as a couple who has never been pregnant.

Secondary Infertility

Describes a couple who are having trouble conceiving again, even though they have previously achieved pregnancy.

Traditionally, couples seek evaluation after trying to conceive for one year. However, many couples are now postponing parenthood until they are older, so it is suggested that couples seek evaluation earlier if they have any concerns about their fertility. In fact at Xenith we believe that every couple desirous of fertility should have a preconception counselling and evaluation to ascertain their individual fertility potential. There are various factors which may decrease fertility independent of age. Knowing about them early and treating them will give a much better fertility outcome.


Male Infertility

Male Infertility

Female Infertility

Female Infertility

Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected, properly timed intercourse. Approximately 15% of all couples are infertile, and around 50% of male partners will have an identifiable factor impairing their reproductive potential; 20% to 30% of couples will not be able to conceive naturally solely because of a male factor.

Traditionally, couples seek evaluation after trying to conceive for one year. However, many couples are now postponing parenthood until they are older, so it is suggested that couples seek evaluation earlier if they have any concerns about their fertility.