Between 10 - 15% of couples have infertility problems. Infertility is the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse. The deep seated longing for children in these couples can lead to total desperation that overshadows their lives.
Infertility can be caused by various factors. About 40% of the problems lie with the wife, 40% with the husband/male partner, 10 % are combined problems and 10 % unexplained. The good news is that infertility can be treated. In addition to the surgical and pharmaceutical methods there are also highly advanced technological assisted reproduction techniques available
With the development of assisted reproduction techniques (ART) like In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo transfer (IVF + ET), gamete intra-fallopian transfer (GIFT), zygote intra-fallopian transfer (ZIFT), intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), embryo and sperm cryopreservation as well as embryonic sex selection (embryo biopsy) for medical reasons, numerous infertile couples can enjoy parenthood.
Infertility treatment is not always successful and the treatment is physically and emotionally straining as well as time consuming. The success of the treatment is not only dependant on the infertility team but also on the co-operation and enthusiasm of the patient.
It is thus obvious that the couple plays a major roll in the treatment program and the male partner is encouraged to accompany his partner to all the examinations and relevant procedures