Sterility study

Sterility study

Sterility is a couple's inability to conceive at a determined moment in time.

The difference between sterility and infertility

Primary sterility is referred to when a couple do not succeed in becoming pregnant after one year of sexual relations without protection. Infertility is when a couple do conceive but the gestation does not evolve correctly and does not go to term, in other words it does not result in the birth of a "normal" child.

Between 15 and 17 percent of couples experience fertility problems. The causes may range from the delay in trying for a first child (older mothers), to medical problems such as fallopian tube obstruction, hormone and semen alterations etc.

Possibilities of pregnancy according to maternal age.

The ideal age for a woman to become pregnant is between 25 and 30 years old. This is the optimal mental and physical stage, but does not always coincide with family or career plans of many couples.

From the age of 35, fertility decreases significantly, and from the age of 40 the numbers of pregnancies carried to term are extremely low.

When should you contact a specialised Centre?

You are recommended to consult a specialist after 12 months of unprotected sexual relations. In young couples this period of time may be extended, whereas in couples where the woman is over 30 years old, it is important not to delay.

The study should be started immediately if there is some disorder or medical history which may indicate a concrete cause of sterility.

What percentage of the population experience problems of sterility?

As mentioned before, between 15 and 17 percent of couples of reproductive age have difficulty in becoming pregnant.

First visit

The study of fertility is explained to the couple. The necessary tests undertaken in order to make a diagnosis include:

  • For the woman
  • For the man
  • A hormonal study
  • An analysis of semen
  • A scan
  • In accordance with the results and physical exploration, these studies may be widened to include other tests and a visit with the andrologist if abnormalities in the semen are detected.