1. Infertility is a disease of the reproductive system that impairs the body’s natural ability to reproduce
  2. 1 in 8 couples experience infertility issues
  3. Women and men experience infertility issues equally
  4. For women under 35, infertility is defined as ‘attempting to achieve pregnancy for one year without success or being unable to carry a pregnancy to live birth’
  5. For women over 35, infertility is defined as ‘attempting to achieve pregnancy for six months without success or being unable to carry a pregnancy to live birth’
  6. After women reach 35, fertility potential declines more rapidly
  7. The most common causes of infertility in women are Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and other ovulation disorders, blockage of the fallopian tubes and diminished ovarian reserve (egg supply)
  8. The most common causes of infertility in men are hormonal imbalances, low sperm count, abnormal sperm shape, and poor sperm movement (motility)
  9. Individuals can (and should) have their basic fertility potential assessed through a fertility awareness checkup that involves blood tests and an ultrasound for women and a semen analysis for men