What is Infertility?

Infertility is defined as an inability to conceive after one year of trying, or an inability to carry pregnancies to a live birth. The problem is common and includes people experiencing secondary infertility after one or more natural children. Approximately, one in six couples in the Western World experience infertility. One in eight couples need some form of medical assistance to achieve a pregnancy. Of these approximately 35% of infertility is a problem solely of the female, and another 35% is a problem solely with the male. In about 25% of cases, there is a problem found in both members of the couple. Only about 3.5% of infertility is unexplained once a thorough evaluation of both partners has been conducted.

What are the Symptoms of Infertility?

For most infertile women, no symptoms accompany the infertility. Some women with symptoms of obesity, acne, and excessive facial hair; heavy, irregular, or absent menstrual periods; or fluid leaking from the breasts could have hormone imbalances that might interfere with fertility.

What are the Causes of Infertility?

No one knows for certain how many couples have difficulty conceiving, since some will decide not to seek medical treatment. In Ireland, however, approximately one in seven couples do seek medical help to have a baby. In most cases there will be one or more causes that a specialist can pinpoint and, possibly, treat. Popular belief says the following causes infertility:

  • Ovulation and egg quality
  • Blocked fallopian tubes
  • Male-factor problems

Contrary to popular belief, infertility is not just a woman’s problem. In fact, it strikes men and women almost equally. About 32 per cent of cases can be attributed to men, another 32 per cent to women, and 17 per cent to a combination of factors affecting both partners. This leaves about 19 per cent of couples where the cause of infertility remains unexplained. Infertility’s most common causes, as well as typical treatments, are outlined below. The first three problem areas (ovulation and egg quality, blocked fallopian tubes and male-factor problems) account for about 90 per cent of all cases where a cause has been identified. The links below will guide you to more information on each topic, but always talk to your GP or another medical expert for specific guidance on your individual situation.

Traditional Medical Treatments for Infertility

Traditional Medical Treatments: Fertility drugs are medications that are used to influence ovulation. Some fertility drugs are meant to strength or trigger ovulation, while others suppress ovulation. There are many medical professionals and specialised treatment centres offering IVF. In Vitro Fertilization(IVF)eggs are removed from the woman’s ovaries and mixed with the man’s sperm in a dish in a laboratory. Once the egg have been fertilized with the sperm, they are implanted in the women’s uterus.

Complementary/Alternative Treatments for Infertility

Acupuncture can assist in this. Traditional Chinese Medicine is a very popular way of assisting with this. HypnoFertility or Hypnosis for Childbirth is a very exciting option as a and aid to overcoming infertility. Studies have shown that infertile women utilising mind/body techniques have a 42%-55% conception rate as compared to 20% for those not following this protocol. Some interesting stastics Success rate for hi-tec fertility procedures 20% Success rate for those using mind- body techniques 42%- 55% Self hypnosis can strengthen the immume system by 48% in six weeks. Hypnosis can double the success rate of IVF Mind-body techniques have produced a 57% reduction in physical and Psychological symptoms associated with severe PMS Studies: The multi-faceted hypnotherapy programme used helps and supports the medical process for women undergoing IVF,IUI,ICSI, and other medical procedures and or facilitates natural conception. This is a powerful, precise programme that supports the entire fertility process and is tailored for each individual for optimal health and wellbeing.