There can be many causes of infertility. 15-20% of the population is experiencing infertility either periodically or continuously. In Denmark approximately 8% of all children are being born after fertility treatment. We experience the same trend in the rest of the Western world, where 1 out of 7 couples seek medical advice for infertility.
The majority succeeds in having children, but about 3% of the population remains unwanted childless.
We divide the causes of infertility in the following way:
How long should we try to achieve pregnancy, before we seek treatment?
Generally in less than one year. After that, about 84% of all couples have achieved pregnancy. After two years, about 92% have achieved pregnancy. In some cases, we would recommend to seek medical advice and appropriate treatment earlier:
- If the woman has irregular menstrual periods
- If the woman has previously had a serious pelvic inflammatory disease or ectopic pregnancy.
- If the woman is over 37 years, it may be prudent not to wait too long because the possibility that a woman can become pregnant decreases with age, especially after 37 years of age. See more about egg quality and age.
- If the man had inguinal hernia or undescended testes in childhood, it is also a good idea to get a semen sample tested.
- If one of you earlier have been in a relationship where it was difficult to achieve pregnancy.