Cape Fertility’s Infertility Awareness Month Message: Infertility can be treated!

Infertility can be treated! This is the message that our team at Cape Fertility would like to share as far and wide as possible this June, which is World Infertility Awareness Month.

For growing numbers of couples around the world, infertility is a reality. If you and your partner, or a couple you know, are struggling to achieve a pregnancy, we would like to reassure you that there is hope: infertility can be treated!

In this article, we explain that infertility is most often caused by a medical condition, and that there are an extensive range of advanced medical treatments and options available today to ensure almost any couple struggling with infertility can have children.

World Infertility Awareness Month is observed every June to increase awareness regarding numerous infertility issues – related to female as well as male fertility – faced by couples across the globe.

If you are facing fertility challenges, please know that hundreds of thousands of couples around the world are facing similar issues. In fact, globally, almost 20% of couples experience some form of infertility problem at least once during their reproductive lifetime, while in developing countries up to 25% of couples are affected by infertility.

The focus of World Infertility Awareness Month is on increasing awareness regarding infertility issues, because many couples don’t know that infertility is a medical condition, and as a result are also not aware of the many medical options available.

World Infertility Awareness Month aims to bring hope to many couples by highlighting the truth that many thousands of infertile couples are successfully receiving treatment at highly specialised fertility clinics around the world, including here in Cape Town, South Africa, that offer a range of safe, advanced and effective treatments.

These treatments offer great success rates because in the vast majority of cases, infertility is due to a medical condition, which means that it can be treated successfully with an extensive range of medical treatments.

Infertility is a medical condition

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recognised infertility as a public health issue worldwide, with many couples needing to seek medical treatment to help resolve underlying fertility problems.

Among the many factors that have increased the incidence of infertility in our modern world are the postponement of childbearing in women until well after age 35; lifestyle factors; and the treatment of other diseases such as cancer.

However, in many cases, infertility is a medical condition that requires an accurate diagnosis and the right treatment.

According to the Southern African Society of Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecological Endoscopy (SASREG), “infertility” is the medical term used when a couple cannot get or stay pregnant after trying for at least a year, and the female partner is younger than 35. Where the female partner is older than 35, the term “infertility” refers to when a couple cannot get or stay pregnant after trying for at least 6 months.

However, “infertility” does not mean you can never have a baby. Instead, it means that you will require medical assistance to achieve a pregnancy.

There are many possible medical causes of infertility which can affect the female partner or the male partner or both partners.

In women, medical conditions that could result in infertility include for example advanced maternal age, endometriosis or ovulation problems. It may also be that a woman’s ovaries have been removed surgically or that she has undergone chemotherapy and her ovaries are not functioning. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is another medical condition that is a known cause of infertility.

In men, infertility is most commonly linked to sperm disorders, but can also be the result of injury, hormonal problems, lifestyle factors and the treatment of diseases such as cancer.

Infertility can be treated

Fortunately, there are a range of medical treatments and options with encouraging success rates to address the many possible causes of infertility in a couple.

Many of these have been used safely and successfully for decades, while newer and even more effective treatments are developed continuously. The statistics are encouraging, with an estimated 65% of infertile couples who received medical treatment, giving birth.

Due to its success rate, in vitro fertilization (IVF) is one of the most well-known fertility treatments available. It has been safely and effectively provided for three decades and an estimated 8 million babies has been born thanks to IVF. During IVF, the female partner’s eggs are collected and fertilized with sperm in a laboratory, before the resulting embryo is implanted into the uterus. At Cape Fertility, our average pregnancy rate with three IVF cycles is 79%, among the highest in the world.

Advanced treatments such as IVF are not always required. In fact, statistics from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine indicates that in the vast majority – up to 90% – of infertility cases, successful treatment involved drug therapy or surgical procedures, instead of advanced reproductive technologies.

For example, Artificial Insemination (AI) has been used for hundreds of years, and can be done with the partner’s sperm or with a donor’s sperm. For women with infertility challenges resulting from problems with ovulation poor ovarian reserve or menopause, there are medical treatments such as ovulation induction and alternatives such as egg donation. Laparoscopy and hysteroscopy are minimally invasive surgical procedures used for both diagnostic and operative purposes.

There is also a range of treatments available for male infertility. For example, among the most exciting recent medical developments is Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) – a breakthrough treatment that ensures that almost every man has the possibility to have his own biological child, even those who were previously considered sterile.

Which treatment is right for you?

These are just a few examples of the many advanced treatments available to treat successfully the many possible causes of infertility in our modern world.

There is only one way to know for certain what the exact cause of your fertility challenges are – and thus what treatment is not only available, but the best given your unique circumstances – and that is an initial consultation with a fertility specialist.

When you visit us Cape Fertility, our team will do is a comprehensive assessment or a full fertility workup to determine what is the cause of your fertility problems. This is important, because infertility can only be treated successfully if the cause has been identified correctly. Once the real cause – and often several causes – of your fertility problem has been established, the right treatment can be provided.

If you are concerned about your fertility, you should also see a fertility specialist as soon as possible.

Fortunately, arranging your initial consultation is as simple as contacting us here.

Cape Fertility is not only accredited with the Southern African Society for Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecological Endoscopy (SASREG), We are also a leading fertility clinic achieving world-class results.

Our exceptionally well-qualified and experienced fertility specialists are backed up by a team of experts in the many aspects of fertility treatment. We also achieve some of the best success rates in the world; yet, we are always striving for higher success rates.

At Cape Fertility, we value each individual patient and we look forward to providing you with our signature individualised and personalised care.