A woman is considered infertile if she is unable to get pregnant after a year of unprotected intercourse. It turns out that around ten percent of couples in Australia are infertile. The infertility can be because of male factors or female factors. A third of the time, the problem is the female's. A third of the time the problem is male infertility. A third of the time, the issue is linked to both male and female infertility. In twenty percent of cases, it is not known what the exact cause of infertility is. If you think that your condition has worsened as a result of medical negligence, contact our female infertility solicitors for advice at no cost.

Infertility increases with age and as the reproductive years go on, the quality and number of eggs gets less. The chances of conceiving are diminished by three to five percent every year after the woman reaches the age of thirty. It is much worse after the age of forty.

The main causes of female infertility include damage to the fallopian tubes, which normally send the egg to the uterus to be fertilized. If there have been pelvic infections, endometriosis, and pelvic surgeries, the tubes can be scarred and blocked. A woman can also have hormonal issues affecting ovulation. The hormones need to be perfect in order to have a normal ovulation and the sustenance of the pregnancy. If this does not occur, the woman is considered to be infertile due to hormonal causes. The cervical mucus has to be perfect to allow passage of the sperm. If the cervical mucus is hostile to sperm, they cannot get past the cervix.

If female infertility is suspected, the doctor will do tests of the hormone levels of the blood to see if they would support a pregnancy. An endometrial biopsy can be done to make sure the lining of the uterus is good enough to support a pregnancy. A laparoscopy may need to be done to search for endometriosis. A hysterosalpingogram can check the patency of the fallopian tubes. Tests for low thyroid condition or other hormonal conditions can be done to see if the infertility is secondary to another medical condition.

The treatment of female infertility includes doing a laparoscopy in order to reconstruct the pelvic organs or to retrieve eggs for in vitro fertilization. Endometriosis can be corrected and removed via a laparoscope and ovarian cysts can be pierced and removed. Blocked tubes can be opened via a laparoscope in some cases.

Women can get Clomid, which is a medication that stimulates the production of more than one egg. Gonadotropins can be given to do the same thing as Clomid. They can be used as a part of in vitro fertilization or with a normal pregnancy. Glucophage can be given for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS. It can restore normal ovulation.

IUI is called intrauterine insemination. It is the implantation of sperm into the uterus via a catheter at the time of ovulation. It helps in situations of abnormal cervical mucus. It can be used with any other of the ways to enhance fertility.

In vitro fertilization or IVF is a procedure where the woman takes gonadotropins in order to stimulate ovulation. The eggs are then harvested and the eggs fertilized in a Petri dish. The eggs are then grown to a blastocyst stage and are then reinserted into the uterus. There is a high risk of multiple pregnancies with this technique but it helps women with tubal problems to get pregnant. Some embryos can be stored frozen for a later date in case the woman wants another pregnancy or doesn't get pregnant the first time around. The rate of pregnancy varies with the clinic but is between 20 and 40 percent.

Egg donation can be done if a woman has eggs that are not healthy enough for a pregnancy. Eggs are given by another woman, fertilized with the husband's sperm, if possible, and inserted into the woman's uterus. The baby that results is genetically related to the male but not to the woman in the relationship.

Medical Negligence Solicitors

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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here