Assisted conception guide

About 10-15% of couples will experience fertility problems.
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  • Updated:30 Apr 2011


Egg being artificially fertilised

For many couples, the decision to start a family is one of the biggest decisions they’ll ever make. But conceiving a baby doesn’t always happen easily. In fact, it’s estimated that around 10 to 15% of couples have some type of fertility problem during their reproductive years.

Of those who experience fertility problems, about 20% are diagnosed with a physical problem that requires surgery or advanced interventions such as IVF to assist conception.

A physical infertility problem may be detected in the man or the woman or both partners, or a specific cause may never be found.

There are many complex and varied treatments available to assist with conception and scientific advances are being made all the time. Depending on the results of fertility tests and if a cause is found treatments offered will depend on the diagnosis of what is thought to cause the infertility.

If a cause is not known, most fertility specialists start with the simplest interventions and then progressively offer more complex treatments if the initial approaches do not work. Often a combination of different treatments is used.

Only about 10 to 20% of couples require assisted reproductive technology (ART), such as IVF.

This article looks at the various fertility treatments and assisted reproductive technologies that area available as well as where to go for help for dealing with your situation.

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