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Infertility can be defined as the inability to conceive naturally after a year of unprotected sex. Statistics show that 85% of young, healthy couples conceive after a year of unprotected sex, a percentage that can rise to 93% after 2 years.
Frequency of infertility
For most couples, achieving pregnancy is an easy goal – the woman gets pregnant in a few months, the 9 months of pregnancy go by without important incidences and a healthy baby is born. For other couples the path is very different.
Approximately 1 in every 8 couples has problems conceiving. Infertility affects both men and women: the problem originates 30% of the cases in women and 30% in men. In another 30% of couples, both members have unfavourable fertility factors and in the remaining 10% the cause is unknown.
But when should someone consult a professional? Half of couples who suffer from fertility problems do not go to specialists. Usually if pregnancy is not achieved after a year of unprotected sex it is recommended to consult a specialist. It is normal for couples to feel confused and lost, and professional support can be of great help.