Symptoms of Infertility

Most people should consult a doctor after a year of trying to conceive unsuccessfully. This is the main sign of infertility. If the woman is over age 35 and hasn’t conceived after trying for six months or has an irregular menstrual cycle, it’s best to see a doctor as soon as possible. Remember that the man should be evaluated, too. Male infertility is just as common as female infertility.

 Female Infertility may be due to:

  • Irregular ovulation (release of eggs)
  • Blocked fallopian tubes
  • Abnormalities in the cervix or uterus
  • In about 20% of infertile couples, no cause can be found. 

Male Infertility may be due to:

  • Low sperm count
  • Poor sperm motility
  • Malformed sperm
  • Blocked sperm ducts

Take Control

  • Trying for a baby can take its toll on a couple, so it’s important to take ‘ time out ‘ and have fun which strengthens the relationship.
  • Approach the infertility problem together.
  • Do your homework, the internet is useful.
  • Keep the lines of communication open with your partner.
  • Don’t be afraid to talk to others who have undergone fertility treatment.
  • Consider taking time off from treatment if it becomes overwhelming.
  • Seek emotional support from a counsellor or support group if you or your partner feels strained or isolated.

NISIG - The National Infertility Support and Information Group, a voluntary organisation, was established in 1996 by a group of dedicated people who needed and wanted to be in contact with others who understood their grief.