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Having trouble getting pregnant could be caused by many things, including ovulation problems, blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, premature menopause, fibroids, and sperm problems.


Sperm problems, or male fertility can be affected by illnesses, injuries, chronic health problems, and lifestyle choices. Male fertility is a factor in approximately 50% of women experiencing fertility issues (30% as sole responsibility, and 20% as a co-contributing factor). Depending on the cause, there are a number of treatment options that can be considered. Consult your doctor to determine the best option for you.

The sperm quality and fertility of your partner is an important factor in your ability to get pregnant. The sperm count, along with how they move and their shape affect your chance of becoming pregnant and the health of the baby. Lifestyle choices, such as excessive alcohol consumption, smoking or the use of illicit drugs, and certain medications can reduce the number and quality of sperm. A sperm test can indicate the quality of the sperm if you are experiencing challenges getting pregnant.

For women who have not been able to conceive naturally, or by using medications or lifestyle treatment to improve their fertility, another option is assisted reproductive technology. This includes treatments such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF). Referral to a fertility specialist is necessary for these treatments.

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