It's important to remember that most couples conceive naturally.
The ability to conceive is about chance and probability, known as the "fecundity rate." The average fecundity rate per month is about 20 per cent of couples, with around 80 per cent of couples falling pregnant within 12 months of trying, and 85 per cent becoming pregnant by 18 months. In other words, if a 100 couples tried to conceive in a month, only 20 would be successful.
The chance of conceiving also depends upon a number of other factors, such as female age, male factor problems and damaged fallopian tubes. After 12 months of trying to fall pregnant, or 6 months if over 35 years of age, both partners should be tested to determine any possible factor that could reduce their chance of conception.
Female fertility testing involves:
- Hormonal assessment – blood tests are used to determine the appropriate reproductive hormone levels, help detect ovulation and check ovarian reserve;
- Pelvic ultrasound; and
- Testing the fallopian tubes.3
Male fertility testing involves:
- Diagnostic semen analysis;
- Sperm culture; and
- Sperm DNA fragmentation test.3
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