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FAQ | Fertility

What is Infertility? How is it clinically defined?

According to Dr. Femi Olarogun, a fertility specialist, the definition of infertility is the inability to conceive despite regular exposure to unprotected intercourse. It affects roughly 15% of women and the diagnosis is made after 12 months of regular unprotected intercourse (or sooner if there are obvious ongoing gynaecological conditions that may affect fertility).

*Dr. Femi Olarogun is an OB/GYN with a subspecialty qualification in Reproductive Medicine, which includes management of infertility. He has a practice at Blaauwberg Netcar and the University of Cape Town, and consults for FertilityCareSA (For more information on dealing with infertility, please visit

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