Infertility is a difficult and emotional topic for many couples. It can be an isolating experience that leaves you feeling alone in the world with no one to turn to for help or guidance.
But it doesn’t necessarily fall on a male or female. Infertility can be found in both.
How do you know if there are infertility issues? The question of infertility usually comes up when a couple who has been trying to conceive for about 1 year has been unsuccessful.
Let’s take a look at what some of the causes could be.
WHAT ARE SOME CAUSES OF INFERTILITY
The medical community has come a long way in unraveling a lot of information with regards to infertility.
They’ve found that there are several causes that can affect fertility:
- Endometriosis-the growth of endometrial tissues outside the uterus.
- Ovulation problems-abnormality inside that blocks the release of mature eggs.
- Poor egg quality-weakness or damage to egg cells.
- Polycystic ovary syndrome-little cysts in the ovaries can affect regular ovulation and hormone balances.
- Female tube blockages.
- Male tube blockages.
- Sperm problems-low sperm count, deformation or low quality.
- Sperm allergy.
- Coexisting conditions.
- Unexplained infertility.
Additional research has shown that an individual’s lifestyle can have a factor on fertility. Such as where you live, nutrition, weight, and exercise; physical and psychological stress; environmental and occupational exposures; substance and drug use and abuse; and medications.
According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine approximately 6.1 million people are affected by infertility issues with 40% female issues, 40% male issues and 20% unexplained infertility. The first step is to identify the cause and then it can be treated accordingly.
Technology is ever evolving and there are ways that can help those experiencing complexities. In vitro fertilization has been one of the methods couples have been using to try and conceive a child.
IN VITRO FERTILIZATION AND SUCCESS RATE
In Vitro Fertilization has played a huge part in couples trying to conceive a child. It’s the delicate process of extracting eggs, retrieving a sperm sample, and then manually combining an egg and sperm in a laboratory dish for fertilization. Then the embryo(s) are transferred to the uterus.
However, it can be very expensive. The odds of a live birth increases more with multiple egg retrievals instead of singular.
This method has a national success of 55% success rate in women 35 and young to become pregnant on the first try but it does depend on numerous factors, some of which are beyond oneś control.
Unfortunately, that number tends to drop steadily as a woman ages.
Don’t be discouraged by the national statistics. Everyone’s circumstances are completely different. It’s hard to predict what your individual success will be.
Infertility is a deeply personal issue. One that you should never be ashamed of or discouraged by. Remember you are not a statistic and you are not alone. Be kind to yourself. A positive mind frame will produce positive results.