The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines infertility as "a disease of the reproductive system defined by the failure to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 months
Infertility can be Primary Infertility – When a Woman has Never Been Pregnant;
Secondary Infertility – When a Woman has Previously Borne a Child or
has had a Miscarriage or Pregnancy Loss but Cannot now Conceive.
According to the 2005 Commission on Assisted Human Reproduction, infertility can cause considerable social, emotional and psychological distress. For those who want to have children, infertility can be an extremely traumatic experience, characterised by feelings of guilt, stress & anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, and sometimes consequent relationship difficulties and sexual dysfunction. These psychological effects have been compared to those following bereavement. Dr Mary Wingfield, clinical director of Merrion Fertility Clinic and consultant obstetrician gynaecologist at the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street, Dublin, says for couples with no obvious problems (i.e. women with regular periods etc.) it is generally recommended that they try to conceive naturally for about a year. However, if the woman is 37 or older, then couples should think about consulting with their GP if they are unsuccessful after six months.
Source: Irish times
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