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It is the ability to produce offspring and requires the capacity to initiate and sustain a pregnancy.
It is generally defined as not being able to achieve a pregnancy after one year of frequent and unprotected coitus. It is not irreversible for many, hence, some prefer to call it “subfertility”.
Investigation and treatment need not wait one year as defined, e.g.,
A couple who has never achieved a pregnancy.
At least one previous conception has taken place.
It is the probability of conceiving each month naturally (typically, a menstrual cycle) which is around 20% but the actual figure is age-dependent. For example, it will drop to around 3% for a female of 40+ years of age. It provides a convenient “benchmark” to compare the effectiveness of the various fertility-enhancing treatments.
Combining 21 published reports with 14,000 infertile couples in total, Collins (1995) reported that the primary diagnoses among infertile couples were problems with ovulation (27%), male factors (25%), tubal factors (22%), endometriosis (5%), other (4%), and unexplained (17%). Hence, initial infertility evaluation focuses on these major categories.
Three main categories can be separated by the follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and estradiol, sometimes with luteinizing hormone (LH) in addition. Increased prolactin level can also be associated with infrequent of no periods. Exclusion of thyroid disease and dictated by the clinical presentation, some endocrine conditions may be necessary.
The presence of tissues similar to the lining of the womb “endometrium” in the pelvis can be associated with infertility.
It is an Infection and inflammation of fallopian tubes. Although the infection may have resolved, scarring or blockage the tubes can be the result. Some causes:
* These procedures sometimes provide an opportunity to correct the underlying problems surgically.
5 days preceding and up to ovulation.
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The Grace Fertility Centre is located on the South West corner at the intersection of Broadway and Ash (close to Vancouver General Hospital). Find us on the map on our Contact page.
For new patients, appointments are made through your Doctor or Physician and require the completion of a referral form. See our "Make an Appointment" page for more information.
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Fees depend on the type of treatment and the number of cycles required to achieve the desired result. This varies considerably from patient to patient but as a guide we have created a 'Staircase Fee Diagram' to assist you in assessing the cost of treatment in your case. A more accurate assessment is normally provided following an initial patient consultation.
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