Fertility & Reproductive Medicine

Reproductive medicine

is a branch of medicine that specializes in fertility preservation, diagnosing and treating infertility, and other reproductive problems. It also deals with issues related to puberty,

menopause

, contraception (birth control), and certain sexual problems.

Fertility

is the ability to

conceive

and become

pregnant

through normal sexual activity.

Infertility

may be defined as the failure to conceive after a year of regular intercourse without

contraception

. The definition has been revised to seek evaluation after 6 months if you are a female over 35. Some of the causes of infertility include; fallopian tube issues, endometriosis,

vasectomy

or tubal ligation (

tubes tied

) or

low sperm count

. Common procedures and treatments vary from

ovulation

induction using medication, Intrauterine or

artificial insemination

and

invitro fertilisation

(

IVF

). A variety of medical specialists may be involved with diagnosis and treatment, including

Gynaecologists

,

Endocrinologists

,

Obstetricians

and

Urogynaecologists

.

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