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INFERTILITY HAS A SOLUTION
Almost 20% of couples have difficulties getting pregnant naturally at some point in their lives. In Portugal alone, this means thousands of people affected although not all of them search for the appropriate treatment.
Infertility is defined as the incapacity of a couple to conceive approximately a year after regular unprotected sexual intercourse.
Infertility motivates an increasing search for medical help due to social situations connected to late family planning of motherhood, usually left for a period of career or professional stabilization.
In the 1980s the age for a woman to have her first child was on average 25 years old, while now is around her 30’s.
The risks of pregnancy complications increase with the pregnant age. Other important change is the decline of male fertility shown by the breaking of semen quality parameters. One of the most probable cause is pollution resulting from toxic industrial derivatives containing estrogens. Other causes concern irregular living habits, tobacco and alcohol consumption, etc.
Infertility deserves medical investigation when there is no pregnancy result after, at least, one year of regular sexual intercourse without contraceptive methods. Exceptions to this rule are couples in which a woman is aged over 35 or when some pathology exists that may condition fertility. In these cases, investigation should start within six months after regular unprotected sexual life.