By: Mary McGregor | April 24, 2018

Infertility is a problem that affects both men and women. It is defined as inability of a couple to conceive a pregnancy after regular unprotected sexual intercourse for at least 12 months. A recent study shows that today 11.5% to 15.7% of Canadian couples deal with infertility issues. Among couples with a female partner aged 40 to 44 years old, the infertility rate is 14.3% to 20.7%. Almost 30 years ago, in 1984, that number was only 4.6% [1].


Female infertility is commonly caused by problems with ovulation, particularly when a woman has polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or primary ovarian insufficiency (POI). Less common causes of female infertility include blocked fallopian tubes, problems with the uterus, and non-cancerous uterine f...