Like Anne Hathway says,  the path to parenthood isn’t always straightforward and it can, at times, be stressful and emotional.

No matter where you are on this journey, we’re here to support you. Below we answer some of the most common fertility questions. 


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 When Should I Seek Fertility Advice?

If your journey to parenthood is taking longer than expected, you might be wondering when to seek fertility advice. 

At Beacon CARE Fertility, we recommend reaching out after a year of unsuccessful attempts to conceive. However, if the woman is over 35, it’s advisable to seek advice after just six months.


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How Common Are Fertility Issues?

The prevalence of fertility issues is closely linked to the maternal age of the woman. 

For example, around 1 in 10 couples will experience fertility challenges if the woman is in her early to mid-thirties. 

By contrast, if the woman is in her late thirties, the likelihood increases to approximately 1 in 4


Can Fertility Problems Originate With the Male?

Absolutely. It may surprise you to learn that an issue with the sperm is a sole or contributing factor in up to 50% of all cases. 

Male infertility is often overlooked, but a simple semen analysis test can help determine if a male factor issue is involved. 


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Does Fertility “Fall Off a Cliff at 35”?

Fertility doesn’t plummet abruptly at 35, but it does decline more rapidly due to diminishing egg quality. 

For instance, at 35 years of age, roughly half of a woman’s eggs will be viable for a successful pregnancy. 

However, by the time she reaches 40, only about 20% are likely to result in a successful outcome. 

This decline in egg quality explains why older women sometimes take longer to achieve a pregnancy.

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Has IVF Treatment Advanced Over The Years?

Yes, IVF treatment has made significant strides over the years.

We and our CARE Fertility partners have been at the forefront of many pioneering developments, some of which were global firsts. (Read about them HERE).

A notable advancement in recent years is Embryo Genetic Screening (PGT).

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Why Is Embryo Genetic Screening Important?

Well, the biggest cause of miscarriage and pregnancy failure is due to chromosomal issues with the embryo. This is true for both natural cycles and IVF. 

For example, if a woman is in her late 30’s, approximately only 1 in 4 of her embryos will have a complete set of chromosomes and therefore be viable for a successful pregnancy. 

Pre-implantation Genetic Testing (PGT-A)  allows us to identify the chromosomally viable embryos and select one of those for transfer, thus avoiding unnecessary IVF procedures

Additionally, Embryo Genetic Screening (PGT-M) allows us to screen for inherited diseases, such as Cystic Fibrosis. 



About Us

Beacon CARE Fertility and our CARE Fertility partners have been at the forefront of groundbreaking fertility treatment, technology and innovation for almost two decades. We are proud to offer fertility solutions for even the most complicated cases. 

  • Read more about our historic fertility firsts HERE
  • Read about our exceptional Success Rates HERE.
  • Find out more about our IVF Treatments (starting from €4700) HERE.

Click HERE to make an appointment. A GP Referral letter is not required. 


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