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According to the World Health Organization – infertility is the inability to conceive a child. A couple may be considered infertile if, after one year of regular sexual intercourse, without contraception, the woman has not become pregnant (and there is no other reason, such as breastfeeding or postpartum amenorrhoea). Primary infertility is infertility in a couple who have never had a child. Secondary infertility is failure to conceive following a previous pregnancy. Infertility may be caused by infection in the man or woman, but often there is no obvious underlying cause. Infertility can be caused by several factors including, ovulatory problems, blocked fallopian tubes, sperm problems or many other male and female factors.
Yes, about 1 in 6 couples experience some difficulty in achieving a pregnancy.
No, both men and women can have medical problems that cause difficulty in conceiving; in about a third of couples, both partners have problems.
Most cases of female infertility are caused by problems with ovulation (the monthly release of an egg). Without ovulation, there are no eggs to be fertilised. Some signs that a woman is not ovulating may include irregular or absent menstrual periods. Ovulation problems are often caused by Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a hormone imbalance problem which can interfere with normal ovulation. sThe most common cause of infertility in women, PCOS affects nearly 1 in 5 women in India.
Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI) is another cause of ovulation problems. POI occurs when a woman´s ovary stops working normally before she is 40. POI is not the same as early menopause, as regular periods may still be present.
Less common causes of fertility problems in women include:
Many women are now waiting until their 30s and 40s to have children. So age is a growing cause of fertility problems. About one-third of couples in which the woman is older than 35 years have fertility problems.
Ageing decreases a woman’s chances of having a baby in the following ways:
Some men have reduced numbers of sperm, reduced quality, or both. In some cases, there may be complete absence of sperm. These problems are sometimes related to lifestyle habits, more general medical problems, such as diabetes, or there may be genetic factors.
Infertility can be treated with medicine, surgery, artificial insemination, or Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), such as In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF). Many times these treatments are combined.
The treatment will depend on the results of a variety of tests that can be performed to determine the cause of the problem. In many cases, all that will be needed is advice – with regard to timing, for example; sometimes, lack of ovulation can be treated with simple medication. More complicated problems, such as blocked fallopian tubes, or severe male infertility, may require more sophisticated intervention.
This depends on the cause of infertility and each couple´s circumstances. The woman´s age, for example, is a very important factor.
The success of treatment needs to be seen within the context of normal fertility – under the age of 30, about 85% of women will get pregnant within a year of trying. Over the age of 40, the chance each month is about 5%.
Many treatments will simply restore the “normal” chances of pregnancy, so it is still necessary to try for a few months. More sophisticated treatments such as IVF have higher individual success rates but, again, this is dependent on circumstances.
In some countries, clinics are required by law to report their success rates to the authorities, but this is not the case in the UAE.
As a guide, in the UK, 32% of women aged less than 35, achieved a live birth following IVF in 2009. For those aged 40-44, the figure was 8%. The figures for the USA and other European countries are broadly similar.
Our central philosophy encompasses the concepts of honesty, commitment and adaptability.
This means that we treat our patients as unique individuals who need an individualized approach to their care. We are committed to giving an accurate and honest assessment of every case.
It can be difficult to obtain clear information on success rates, procedures and costs, so our aim is to be fully transparent in our dealings with all patients, who will be made fully aware of what treatments are recommended, what costs are involved, and the likelihood of a successful outcome.
Bourn Hall Fertility Centres in India are part of the group that was responsible for the first IVF live birth in 1978, and we work closely with our UK and other international colleagues to ensure that we continue to deliver the highest possible standard of care. The concepts of collaboration and teamwork are central to our approach.
The founders of Bourn Hall were the pioneers of IVF technology and have been awarded with the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for the development of In-Vitro Fertilisation and we’ve never stopped pursuing new innovations within reproductive medicine. Not only are we pioneers in the field with superior facilities but our approach to working with patients is radically different as well. Every couple is consulted on their individual needs and a treatment plan is developed to suit them guaranteeing the best possible results.
We do not provide pricing online because patient needs and pricing can vary from couple to couple. We have tied up with Bajaj Finance to provide financing at 0% interest to our patients. Please contact us to know more about our financing scheme.
Yes, we have an extremely dedicated staff where the doctors and nurses that you work with will answer any relevant questions and carefully guide you through every step of the process. We also have an in-house counsellor that can support you with a complimentary session for you and your partner, if needed.
We have a patient support number that can be used to reach a member of staff 24 hours a day 7 days per week.
At age 35 or older, unfortunately time is our worst enemy. If you have read about the “biological clock” ticking, the expression is absolutely true with respect to a woman’s fertility potential. This means that we will need to move quickly and start the evaluation process, which hopefully will allow rapid intervention to help get you arrive at pregnancy safely.
Most patients at Bourn Hall are older than age 35 when they book their initial appointment. That’s OK. The reason age matters so much is this: “The single most important factor impacting reproductive outcome is the age of the female”. The bright line cut-off of age 35 defining “advanced age” may be incorrect; some experts believe the difficulties may start earlier than was originally thought.
But please, don’t be discouraged. In the 21st Century, we have several effective medical techniques which can be used to rise above and offset these challenges. This is where Bourn Hall the pioneers of IVF, comes into consideration. Bourn Hall sets benchmarks in infertility treatment and boasts world-class technology and infrastructure, in each of its centres globally. We have delivered 16,000+ IVF babies across our global centres and continue to improve our success rates on a continuous basis.
No, infertility is not always a woman’s problem. Infertility is 35 % female related, 35 % male related and 30 % combined reaso
Repeated IVF failures are not easy for couples who are trying to have a baby. Couples go through physical, mental and emotional stress with every cycle. The desire of a child is so overpowering that they still keep looking for a miraculous solution. Though there are many options for couples to evaluate and choose, international clinics like Bourn Hall Fertility Centre have a defined approach. Bourn Hall is the pioneer of IVF and follows an international IVF treatment protocol worldwide. Our precise diagnosis and customised treatments are the reason of a very high success rate. 1out of 5 patients that we see have a history of multiple failed IVF cycles. We have often found that the treatment route the couple was subjected to was unnecessary and that the core problem was elsewhere. Every case is different and so should its treatment approach. Bourn Hall specialises in treating all male and female related infertility conditions and also believes that several times the factors are a combination and hence need a strategic medical approach. One meeting with our experts will tell you the difference, we as pioneers of the science bring forth. Not only it is our moral obligation to be patient centric, we also advance the science of IVF with continuous research and development to further ascertain possible treatments of unexplained infertility and helping millions of couples realize their dream of parenthood worldwide.