You and your partner have decided to start a family, thereby making an important addition to your lives. There are undoubtedly many questions in your mind concerning your forthcoming pregnancy and your future life with one or several children.
Many couples are content to simply wait for a pregnancy to occur. Others are keen to know the precise functioning of the biological processes involved and how they can fall pregnant as soon as possible. In the chapter entitled Reproduction, you will find information about fertility and pregnancy planning.
Those who simply wait for pregnancy to occur should not forget that the likelihood of natural conception decreases as a woman ages. The statistical probability of pregnancy is 30 % per cycle between the ages of 20 and 25 years, but only 10 % above the age of 40.
If you have been trying to fall pregnant for a year or more, and no longer wish to simply wait for pregnancy to occur, there are several possible methods with which reproduction can be medically supported. We have outlined below the most common methods of examination and treatment. An individual consultation with your medical specialist will assist you in selecting the right approach for you.
In the chapter entitled Preparation, we have compiled several tips to assist you in making the best possible preparations for your pregnancy.