How common is this problem?
It is estimated that infertility affects 1 in 7 heterosexual couples in the UK. If you are having problems conceiving, then you certainly aren’t alone because as many as one in six couples in the UK are unable to conceive naturally.
What are the causes of infertility?
The main causes of infertility in the UK are
- Unexplained infertility (no identified male or female cause) (25%)
- Ovulatory disorders (25%)
- Tubal damage (20%)
- Factors in the male causing infertility (30%)
- Uterine or peritoneal disorders (10%).
In about 40% of cases disorders are found in both the man and the woman. Uterine or endometrial factors, gamete or embryo defects, and pelvic conditions such as endometriosis may also play a role.
What is the treatment for infertility?
The treatment completely depends on the cause. However once the diagnosis is made, this usually falls in one of the three main categories.
- Medical treatment to restore fertility (for example, the use of drugs for ovulation induction)
- Surgical treatment to restore fertility (for example, laparoscopy for ablation of endometriosis)
- Assisted reproduction techniques (ART) – any treatment that deals with means of conception other than vaginal intercourse. It frequently involves the handling of gametes or embryos.
Mr Raza can do the initial investigations to find out the cause of infertility. This includes laparoscopy, hysteroscopy and HYCOSY to check the tubal patency by 3D scanning.
He also helps with initial steps such as Induction ovulation with medical treatments and follicular tracking scan. He works with internationally renowned fertility units and will refer his patients if they need more advanced assistance such as IVF/ICSI.