If you’re young, you don’t need to worry about infertility – not true?

While it’s true that fertility for both men and women declines with age, it doesn’t follow that younger men and women never face difficulties trying to conceive.

Infertility can, unfortunately, affect couples of any age. There is substantial evidence that fertility reduces for both men and women as they get older, but for every 100 couples trying to conceive naturally, 84 will conceive within one year, 92 within two years and 93 within three years. If a couple has been trying for a baby unsuccessfully for more than three years, their chance of conceiving within the next twelve months is 25% or less.

A couple is defined as infertile if they have been trying to get pregnant for a year without success, and there is no minimum age to this definition (although you may be considered for fertility treatment if you have been trying for just six months if you are over 35). There are many conditions that can prevent conception or make it much harder for men and women of all ages; without proper exploration, you have no way of knowing whether treatment could improve your chances or whether you’ve just been statistically unfortunate in taking longer to conceive than most.

What’s more, the success rates for all fertility treatments go down as the age of the woman goes up, so if you have been trying for a baby for more than 12 months without conceiving, the earlier you seek advice, the more likely it is that you will achieve your dream of becoming a parent, no matter how old you are.

Our experts at The Agora Clinic are happy to advise you on potential causes of infertility, how we can identify what might be preventing you from conceiving and potential treatment options.

To find out more about how our fertility experts can help you, call us on 01273 229410

What is an Enhanced Male Fertility Assessment?

An enhanced male fertility assessment involves more detailed male fertility tests.

It includes some additional tests of sperm health and function. And it gives a far greater insight into your reproductive health.

It can be very helpful if previous or home sperm tests have been normal and your infertility remains ‘unexplained’. Or when these tests have been abnormal but you have not been given an explanation as to why.

Sperm DNA fragmentation (SDF) is known to be higher in infertile men. Testing for Sperm DNA fragmentation measures the quality of sperm as a DNA package carrier, and it therefore is more significant than the parameters analysed in standard semen analyses.

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