Hormone replacement, Men's Health, Women's Health, Infant and Children | August 4, 2014 | Author: The Super Pharmacist
Statistics show that in 2011, the total fertility rate in Australia was only 1.88 babies for every woman, which is even lower than it was in the previous year. In fact, since the late 1970s, the total fertility rate has been under replacement level. This means that one out of every six couples in Australia have difficulties conceiving a baby.
For most couples, conception occurs naturally within a year. However, for 20% of couples, regardless of trying, they are unable to conceive successfully. There are a number of different reasons that these couples are unable to become pregnant, such as:
For healthy couples who are in their twenties that practice unprotected sex on a regular basis, the chance of becoming pregnant is only 25% per month. However, the degree of infertility varies and the majority of infertile couples in Australia are sub-fertile. This means that there is hope of conception for most couples with treatment.
Learning that you or your partner is infertile can be traumatic. Treating infertility can be somewhat of an emotional rollercoaster as you go through the disappointments of failed cycles. More than 1% of the babies born in Australia are conceived through the use of assisted reproductive technology.
Artificial insemination is most commonly the initial treatment for infertility
Depending on the circumstances, conception may be achieved within three to six treatments.
Intrauterine insemination is an artificial insemination technique that involves the insertion of prepared sperm through the cervix and into the uterus before ovulation. This procedure may be performed with additional hormonal stimulation or during a natural cycle.
Artificial insemination is only recommended for couples that have trouble conceiving due to certain factors.
These factors include:
Artificial insemination is not recommended to treat infertility in certain instances such as:
In order for intrauterine insemination to be successful, the fallopian tubes have to be healthy and open and there has to have at least one functioning ovary.
A pregnancy test can be taken at about two week to determine if the treatment is successful. Although the rate of success varies and depends greatly on your unique situation, about 16% of women under the age of 35 will become pregnant with this treatment.
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