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15% of Singapore couples fail to conceive — find out why!

About 15 percent of couples in Singapore do not get pregnant successfully within 12 months of trying to conceive (or TTC).

Toh Kay Lee, age 39, had been trying for a baby for almost a year and when she couldn’t conceive, she began to blame herself for being infertile. However, after both her and her husband went for a medical exam, it was determined that Kay Lee’s husband was the infertile one.

theAsianparent answers common questions about infertility.

What is infertility?

Infertility is the inability of a man or a woman to contribute to conception. It also refers to the state of a woman who miscarries while being pregnant. The common misconception of infertility is that only women can be infertile. In another one third of cases, infertility is due to the man (male factors).

How common is infertility?

Generally, worldwide, it is estimated that one in seven couples have problems conceiving, with the incidence similar in most countries independent of the level of the country’s development. In Singapore, infertility affects about 15 per cent of the population.

What are the risk factors that bring on infertility?

There are many factors that contribute to infertility, however, they differ accordingly to women and men.

  • The risk factors for men are – alcohol, drugs, smoking, age, radiation or chemotherapy, health problems.
  • The risk factors for women are – alcohol, drugs, smoking, age, stress, poor diet, weight problems, sexually transmitted diseases, health problems that interfere with hormonal changes and even athletic training.

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