When you and your partner decide to start a family, you are making an important and exciting life decision. You are bound to have many questions in mind about pregnancy, childbirth, baby care and what your future will be like when you become parents.

Having decided to fall pregnant, many couples are content to simply wait for the pregnancy to occur. Others want to understand the precise functioning of the biological processes involved and use this information to attempt to conceive as soon as possible.

The likelihood of natural conception, however, decreases as a woman ages, with the statistical probability of pregnancy at 30% per cycle between the ages of 20 and 25 years, but only 10% above the age of 40.

In the chapter entitled Reproduction, you will find information about fertility, conception and pregnancy planning.

If you have been trying to fall pregnant for a year or more, and no longer wish to wait, there are several possible methods by which reproduction can be medically supported. An individual consultation with your medical specialist will assist you in selecting the right approach for you for you.