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Understanding Infertility

What is Infertility?

The term “infertility” is often highly misunderstood and therefore can carry with it a stigma that is completely unwarranted. In the medical community, “infertility” is used to describe:
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  • Women of a normal childbearing age who have not become pregnant after at least one year of trying
  • Women who can get pregnant, but have not been able to carry the pregnancy to term and achieve a live birth
  • Men who have not been able to impregnate a woman after at least one year of trying


How Common is Infertility?

Infertility problems are more common than many people realize. Approximately 12% of people in the US and 16% in Canada experience difficulty having a baby. One third of infertility cases are attributed to women, another third to men, and the rest are from either a combination of factors, or an unknown cause.


Does Fertility Treatment Work?

Today, reproductive technology is helping aspiring parents to have healthy babies – even those who have been trying unsuccessfully for years. So, the answer is YES, fertility treatment does work! The first step in infertility treatment is receiving an accurate diagnosis from a fertility specialist.

Common Reasons for Infertility

ELITE IVF has a long-standing track record of helping patients overcome infertility and grow their families. Fertility treatment can help with the following issues:

Ovulation Problems

Primary Ovarian Failure (POF), also known as Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI), is a condition in which the woman’s ovaries stop producing certain hormones and eggs before the age of 40. Without eggs, a woman cannot get pregnant and may need fertility treatment if she wishes to have a baby.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS is the most common cause of infertility in women. This is the result of a hormonal imbalance which interferes with the development, release and, in some cases, quality of eggs. Even if the uterus releases a healthy egg, implantation – and hence pregnancy – may not occur.

Blocked Fallopian Tubes

Damage and scarring to the fallopian tubes can stop eggs from travelling to the uterus. Common causes of blocked fallopian tubes include: pelvic inflammatory disease, previous surgeries and endometriosis, where the tubes become damaged or blocked with cysts. In some women, this can prevent a successful pregnancy.

Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are common, non-cancerous tumors that can affect conception in some women. The tumors grow in the uterus or womb and, while they do not always cause symptoms, can be a source of pain and cause heavy bleeding. If they interfere with pregnancy, the woman may need to seek fertility treatment. More than 200,000 hysterectomies a year occur from uterine fibroids.

Physical Problems with the Uterine Wall

Structural abnormalities in the uterine wall can impact conception or the ability to bring a baby to full-term. In this case, infertility treatment can be of great support.

Why Patients Turn to ELITE IVF?

At ELITE IVF, we are committed to providing our patients with real solutions that help them overcome the challenges of infertility. With both advanced IVF treatment and a network of international fertility experts, we help intended parents find answers to all their fertility questions.

ELITE IVF offers a wide variety of expert advice in fertility care, and the opportunity to choose a treatment site from recognized fertility clinics around the world.

Take the next step on your journey towards parenthood.


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We would not hesitate in the least to recommend ELITE IVF. We wish them continued success in the future and may they bring this joy to many other families.


Anonymous, New Parents