Very Few couples are truely infertile ( i.e. cant have children of their own). However, approximately 1 in 6 couples in the UK seek help from their doctor because they suffer from a medical problem that reduces their chance of having a child of their own. The probability of these couples ever having their own children depends on the availability of appropriate treatment in good time. Evidence suggests that each year that appropriate treatment is delayed decreases by 20% the probability of ever having children. The causes are roughly 30% male and 70% female.
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