Infertility is defined as the inability of a person to reproduce by natural means. According to WHO infertility is a disease of the reproductive system defined by the failure to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular contraceptive-free sexual activity.
infertility in a couple who have never had a child
failure to conceive following a previous pregnancy (either aborted or carried up to full term)
Major causes of infertility:
Male infertility – 20 to 30%
Female infertility – 20 to 35%
Male & Female infertility – 25 to 40%
Unexplained infertility – 10 to 20%
The consequences of infertility are manifold and can include societal repercussions and personal sufferings and may have psychological effects. Marital discord often develops, especially when they are under pressure to make medical decisions. In many cultures inability to conceive bears a stigma.
Causes from male partner:
Low semen quality –
Causes from female partner:
Ovulation problems – PCOD, PCOS, Menstrual irregularities, anovulatory cycles Pelvic inflammatory disease caused by infections like tuberculosis Tubal blockage Uterine problems – fibroids, bicornuate uterus, infantile uterus etc. Endometriosis –
Age – related factors
Sexually transmitted infections: TORCH, HIV, Herpes Antisperm antibodies in male and/or female
Overweight or underweight
Primary investigations in male are testosterone and FSH levels, semen analysis, ultrasonography and testicular biopsy
Primary investigations in female are hormonal assay and ultrasonography to evaluate uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes, follicular study, hysteroscopy and hysterosalpingogram and TORCH screen etc.