Conception: assess your options and chances
Taking your chance
Becoming pregnant requires a complex combination of factors and events. For some couples, time, lifestyle changes or medical assistance may be necessary to achieve their dream. The good news is that most eventually do. These statistics may give you further insight:
- A 30-year-old woman, whose partner is also healthy, has about a 20% chance of conceiving during any given month.1 Excessive consumption of alcohol or caffeine, smoking or being overweight may reduce the odds and extend the time needed to conceive.2
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- After the age of 35, women experience physiological changes, which contribute to a significant decline in fertility.3 By the age of 40, chances of conception decrease to around 5% each month.1
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- About one in ten couples will have trouble getting pregnant despite12 months of trying.4 Their condition can be defined as infertility.5 While many people associate infertility with women, it actually occurs both among women and men. Male infertility is the primary diagnosis in approximately 25% of cases and contributes to a further 15–25% of the remaining cases.6 It is important that both partners are thoroughly investigated to determine the right course of action.
Modern medicine offers a range of treatments to help resolve fertility problems. Take a look at the fertility pathway and learn about treatment options. With patience, a positive attitude and appropriate treatment, most couples eventually achieve their goal. In a large UK survey only 2.4% of women aged 40–55 years reported unresolved infertility with no pregnancies over their reproductive years. A further 1.9% never gave birth despite achieving pregnancy.7
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