Infertility can feel like a major burden for couples facing it all over the world. It often causes conflict between couples and may even result in divorce.
The good news is that most couples experiencing fertility problems can be assisted and treated. It is often believed that the female partner is the one who is infertile, however infertility more often than normal stems from the male partner.
Our message to all couples is not to give up the hope of conceiving and to seek solutions for their problem together. “More than 80 percent of the overall population can fall pregnant within a year of trying and 90 percent within two years. So couples who are trying to but don’t conceive within that time may well have a fertility challenge of one kind or another and would be well advised to address it with their doctor, who could refer them to a fertility specialist. The recommendation is to seek medical consultation as soon as possible after 12 months of struggling to conceive after regular intercourse without usage of any form of contraception”, says Dr Qinisile Diale.
If you are struggling to start a family, you should take comfort in the knowledge that reproductive medicine has advanced rapidly and that South Africa is one of the best places in the world to have your fertility treatments done.