Fertility refers to the ability to produce a child. Infertility is identified as the inability to fall pregnant after twelve or more months of unprotected sexual intercourse and affects around 1 in 6 Australian couples. There are many causes of infertility which may be attributed to male, female or a combination of factors.
For women, this may include;
Damaged or blocked fallopian tubes
For men this may include;
Low sperm count
Poor sperm movement or shape
No sperm released during ejaculation
For both men and women the following factors may also influence fertility;
Age – women after the age of 35 and men after the age of 45 are at higher risk of fertility issues
Smoking, alcohol and other drug consumption
Sexually transmitted infection such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV, genital herpes, syphilis
While WCHM takes all care to ensure that the information provided is up to date, we provide this information on the assumption that people accessing it will take responsibility for assessing its relevance and accuracy. Women are encouraged to discuss their health needs with a health practitioner. If you have concerns about your health, you should seek advice from your health care provider or if you require urgent care you should go to the nearest Emergency Department.