Understanding Infertility

Are you worried if you would ever get pregnant with age catching up fast and knowing that your window of opportunity is passing by very quickly? Do you feel insecurities of not having your own family at your age?

If you have a partner all along and you’ve missing the opportunity of having baby, you just might to ask yourself if you are capable of having a child. Well, let us enlighten your mind in understanding infertility.

Infertility is defined as an inability to conceive after having regular unprotected sex. In female, it  refers to the biological inability of an individual to contribute to conception, or inability to carry  pregnancy to a full term.

In male, it is the incapability to induce pregnancy. Possibility of conception increases within a year and will reach its peak within 24 months. However, according to the National Health Service, UK, a couple that has been trying to conceive for over three years has a maximum 25% chance of conceiving over the subsequent 12 months if they continue trying.

 

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To whom the problem may be?

According to a study, over a half of all cases of infertility are a result of female conditions.
Practically, indicators of infertility are more readily recognized as compared to men.

  • Irregular menstrual cycle of woman is the most common indication that they might have some problems in fertility.
    However, regular menstrual cycle doesn’t imply fertility at all times.
    Ovulating before the tenth day and after the twentieth of one’s monthly cycle, pre-menstrual spotting, and menopausal symptoms are signs of infertility, too.
  • Furthermore, issues regarding body weight are often indicators of being infertile.
  • For a woman, being too thin, or anorexic, will definitely hinder pregnancy, since the body doesn’t have the proper nutritional requirements because of problems in eating habits.
  • On the contrary, obesity can also cause infertility. So you will need a proper balance, as it is with most things in life.
  • It is accompanied by hormonal imbalance, which affects the reproductive system and pregnancy.
    Infertility is related to hormonal problems which may some physical changes occur like skin changes and having acne, dark hair growth on the lips, chest, and chin, and loss of hair or thinning hair.

On the other hand, men are also prone to infertility.

  • However, symptoms of infertility in men may go unnoticed until a man tries to have a baby.
    Their physical attributes especially in male reproductive organ can be the most visible signs of being infertile. Small and firm testicles indicates infertility. This is accompanied by pain, lump, or swelling in the testicles.
  • Damage to scrotum and male gonads are caused by wearing too tight undergarments, or exposing the testicles to heat.
  • Problems such as erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation can also be another source contributing to “infertility” but these problems can be resolved if the man seeks help rather than keep to himself about it and attribute their problem to stress and such.
    Man tends not to be embarrassed by these problems and would not seek help for them.
    Advice to the men, take the bull by its horn and face it like a man!

If you are under 35 years of age and have been trying to get pregnant without success for a year, see your doctor.
Women at 35 years of their age and older should see their doctor after six months of trying.
Endocrinologists are specialized in dealing infertility.
Blood, urine, and imaging tests can be done to discover why you are having trouble getting pregnant.
While sperm analysis can be done to check a man’s sperm count and the overall health of the sperm.

Endocrinologist usually prescribe Hysterosalpingography or laparoscopy.
Hysterosalpingography is done with a dye injected into the vagina is monitored to check for blockage in the Fallopian tubes or uterus.
While Laparoscopy is a type of surgical procedure done if the physical problems are present in the ovaries, Fallopian tubes, or in the uterus. Beyond consultation, you should be so much aware of your body.

Tell your doctor any time you notice a symptom. Early diagnosis of an infertility problem will improve your odds of getting pregnant. Good Luck!

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