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Infertility is a reality

The day you decide to start trying for a baby is a momentous occasion.

Infertility is a reality

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The day you decide to start trying for a baby is a momentous occasion. It’s a time when you are both excited and anxious. 81% of women assume it will take less than one year to get pregnant; unfortunately this is not always the case. Identifying fertility issues early is vital.

Infertility is a reality for many people; it affects 13-15% of couples worldwide1. 95% of men & women express desire to have children at some point 1 and 88% want to feel empowered to conceive in a natural way 2. Only 56% of infertile couples seek medical advice on time 10.

Infertility

Infertility is the inability to conceive after one year of trying while not using contraceptives3. Many couples only identify their infertility after trying to conceive for a significant period of time or due to a visit to a fertility clinic or gynaecologist. 80% of women would have preferred self-diagnosis of infertility before going to the doctor / gynaecologist 4.

Infertility is 36% attributable to women, 35% attributable to men, 16% due to both partners and 13% remains unexplained 5.

As women age there is a gradual decline in fertility, especially after the age of 35 years 6. Men on the other hand remain fertile for much longer than women and their rate of infertility decreases more gradually 7.

As per the graph; the likelihood of a woman getting pregnant decreases with age as infertility increases 7.

Female infertility

Infertility

Every woman has a fixed number of eggs in her ovaries. Each month a number of these eggs mature and are released for ovulation and eventual fertilisation 6. FSH released from the pituitary gland is responsible this follicular (egg) growth and maturation.

 

Female infertility is strongly associated with age but the two main causes are hormonal (53%) and functional/ovulatory (47%) problems(CKS 2007). Traditionally women attend fertility clinics to determine fertility but now there are innovative OTC infertility tests that will allow you to detect possible infertility (presence of abnormal FSH levels) at the convenience of your own home, before seeking a doctor’s opinion.

Waiting for a fertility specialist to identify infertility can be emotional and very stressful. Why wait to see a fertility specialist? Take the power into your own hands and test yourself first!

 

Predictor Fertility determines infertility with 99% accuracy. They are the ideal partners to help you towards achieving pregnancy naturally. Predictor Fertility detects potential infertility by testing for abnormal follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) levels. In fertile females FSH levels are between 5 -25 mIU/ml. Elevated FSH levels can be indicatory of female infertility. FSH levels over 25mIU/ml may indicate peri-menopause and levels over 50mIU/ml may indicate menopause. Predictor fertility tests urine for FSH levels over 25mUI/ml with 99% accuracy 8.

Don’t wait! Use the predictor fertility tests when planning your pregnancy!

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1. International estimates of infertility prevalence and treatment-seeking: potential need and demand for infertility medical care. J. Boivin et al. 2007 – women 20-44 years in marital or consesual union currently not conceiving in 1 year (while not using a contraceptive method)

2. Statistics Sweden. How many children will I have? Fertility in life-perspective. 2002 – childless men and women, aged 23-25 yrs, n=2.057

3. Online consumer test (N=1.826). Germany & Italy

4. Clinical elaboratory evaluation of male subfertility. Weber et al.

5. Quantitative study self-testing. N=200 men and women. UK

6. http://attainfertility.com/article/fertility-over-40, last accessed 18 July 2013

7. Female reproductive ageing: current knowledge and future trends. F. Broekmans et al. 2007

8. http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a6155/your-age-and-fertility#ixzz2NthaNgfQ. Last accessed 19 July 2013

9. Clinical study. Comparing the results obtained to another visual test (Tianjin central technology FSH test with 25 mIU/ml sensitivity). N= 300 urine samples.

10. Simultaneous analysis of the hormones involved in spermatogenesis. Khan et al. 2008