Dr Danie Schneider
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Somerset West


Infertility is a condition in men and women who cannot conceive a baby together after at least one year of frequent, unprotected sexual intercourse. Both male and female factors can contribute to infertility. Infertility is common: about one in seven couples have problems conceiving. The good news is that, with appropriate treatment, as many as two out of three couples have children together.

Did you know?

You should consider having an infertility evaluation if any of the following apply to you:

  • You have not become pregnant after one year of having regular sexual intercourse without using birth control
  • You are older than 35 and have not become pregnant after six months
  • Your menstrual cycle is irregular
  • You or your partner has a known fertility problem

Frequently Asked Questions

What infertility treatment options are available?

Treatment options depend on the cause of infertility.

Lifestyle changes, medication, surgery or assisted reproductive technology may be recommended. Sometimes several different treatments are combined to achieve results. Even if there is no clear cause, infertility can often still be treated.

What is ovulation induction?

Ovulation induction is the use of drugs to induce your ovaries to release an egg. The drugs most commonly used are clomiphene citrate and letrozole. About 40% of women fall pregnant within six months with the use of these drugs. Dr Schneider will confirm ovulation with the help of blood tests and ultrasound. Other options can be considered, depending on your specific problem.

What is intra-uterine insemination?

During intra-uterine insemination, a large amount of healthy sperm is inserted into the uterus as close as possible to the time of ovulation. Your partner or a donor may provide the sperm. Sperm that have been retrieved on an earlier occasion and frozen can also be used. This is a simple procedure done at the rooms.