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What is fertility?
Fertility is the ability in both men and women to reproduce. In general, this requires sperm from a man to fertilize an egg from a woman. For this to occur, three events need to align - ovulation, which is the release of an egg from an ovary; free passage of the egg …
What is ovulation?
Ovulation is the part of a woman's menstrual cycle that involves an egg being released from an ovary. Once the egg is released, it travels down the fallopian tube towards the womb. To become fertilized an egg needs to meet with sperm within 24 hours of being released. …
How can I increase my chance of getting pregnant?
There are many different lifestyle factors and conditions that can affect a couple's ability to have children. It is well known that fertility declines naturally as we age. You may be able to increase your chances of becoming pregnant by …
How long should it take to get pregnant?
The time it takes to get pregnant can vary from couple to couple. If a couple has been trying to get pregnant for over a year without success, it may be good that both of them visit a doctor to check their reproductive health.
How does age affect fertility?
Age is one of the most important factors that influences your ability to become pregnant. The fertility of both men and women declines naturally with age. For women the chances of becoming pregnant starts to decrease after around 30 years of age, while the …
What is assisted reproductive technology?
Assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) are methods used to help couples to have a baby when they cannot get pregnant naturally. There are many different types of ARTs available. Before starting any form of ART, it is important to try and …
What lifestyle factors can affect male fertility?
Male fertility is just as important as female fertility when it comes to conceiving a child. In order for fertilization to occur naturally, there needs to be a large enough volume of healthy sperm ejaculated during intercourse. This can be …
What is in vitro fertilization?
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is the process of fertilizing a woman's eggs with sperm outside the body in a laboratory. This involves collecting a woman's eggs following an induction of ovulation (see ovulation induction, below) and a sample of sperm from a …
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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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