Is infertility a common problem?
Is infertility just a woman’s problem?
What causes infertility in women?
Ovulation problems are often caused by polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a hormone imbalance problem which can interfere with normal ovulation. PCOS is the most common cause of female infertility and may affect up to 60% of UAE women
Primary ovarian insufficiency (POI) is another cause of ovulation problems. POI occurs when a woman´s ovaries stop 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:
- Blocked fallopian tubes due to pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, or surgery
- Physical problems with the uterus
- Uterine fibroids, which are non-cancerous clumps of tissue and muscle on the walls of the uterus
How does age affect a woman’s ability to have children?
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:
- Her ovaries become less able to release eggs
- She has a smaller number of eggs left
- Her eggs are not as healthy
- She is more likely to have health conditions that can cause fertility problems such as diabetes, or obesity
- She is more likely to have a miscarriage
What causes infertility in men?
How do doctors treat infertility?
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.
How successful is fertility treatment?
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” chance 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 very 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.
There are several clinics offering fertility treatment. Why should I choose Bourn Hall?
This means that we treat our patients as unique individuals who each 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 Dubai is 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.
What makes Bourn Hall different from other fertility clinics?
Undergoing IVF treatment can be both emotional and stressful, does Bourn Hall provide patient support during treatment?
What if I have an emergency or urgent question that I need to speak to someone about outside of office hours?