Show Summary Details
Page of

Initial advice to those concerned about delays in conception 

Initial advice to those concerned about delays in conception
Initial advice to those concerned about delays in conception

Enda McVeigh

, John Guillebaud

, and Roy Homburg

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 31 July 2021

Prevalence of fertility problems

Timing of the initial investigation

Female partner’s age

Frequency and timing of intercourse

Environmental and dietary influences

Sixteen per cent of couples fail to conceive after 1yr of unprotected regular intercourse. After 2 years, with no treatment, about half of these will still not have conceived and, after a further year, ~7% in all will remain infertile. Most couples will turn for help after 1yr, depending on their particular culture. That means that 1 in 7 couples will look for advice after 1yr....

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.