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Infertility is a growing issue among Australians. It is estimated that approximately 15% of couples in Australia experience infertility, equating to 1 in 6 couples. The causes of infertility can be attributed to both male and female factors; with male infertility contributing to roughly 40% of infertility cases. Infertility can be emotionally and physically taxing, however, there is a range of treatments and support options available to help couples overcome this condition.

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Causes of Infertility

Infertility can be caused by a variety of factors including age, medical conditions, lifestyle, and environmental factors.

Female Infertility Factors:

  • Ovulatory dysfunction
  • Fallopian tube blockage/damage
  • Endometriosis
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI)
  • Uterine abnormalities

Male Infertility Factors:

  • Low sperm count
  • Abnormal sperm function
  • Blockage of the epididymis or tubes carrying sperm
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Varicocele
  • Hormonal imbalances

Treatment Options

The type of treatment options available will depend on the cause of infertility. These options may include:

  • Medication to address hormonal imbalances
  • Surgery to correct structural abnormalities
  • Assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)
  • Donor Sperm
  • Donor Egg
  • Surrogacy
  • Adoption

Infertility Diagnosis

There is a range of tests and procedures available to diagnose infertility. These tests include:

  • Blood tests
  • Sperm analysis
  • Hysterosalpingogram (HSG)
  • Laparoscopy
  • Ultrasound
  • Micro-TESE

Treatment Success Rate Risks Cost

Medication variable Nausea, headaches, abdominal pain Variable
Surgery variable Pain, bleeding, infection Variable
Assisted Reproductive Technologies (IVF, ICSI) Up to 40% per cycle Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS), multiple pregnancies, ectopic pregnancy $7,500 – $10,000 per cycle
Donor Sperm 30-40% per IUI cycle None $300 – $1000 per vial
Donor Egg 60-70% per cycle Symptoms of early pregnancy, the possibility of multiple pregnancies $15,000 – $20,000 per cycle (including donor fee)Surrogacy 60-70% per cycle Medical complications, psychological complications, and legal complications $130,000 – $150,000 for a full surrogacy journey

Infertility is a complex issue that affects a significant number of Australians. However, there is a range of treatment options available to overcome this condition. If you suspect you may be experiencing infertility, it is important to seek medical advice and explore your treatment options. With the right support and treatment, there is hope for couples to conceive and start their own family.

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