Infertility appears to be a growing problem in the United States. Infertility is defined as “not being able to become pregnant after a year of trying” or “If a woman can get pregnant but keeps having miscarriages or stillbirths”. It is also meaningful to note that a couple needs to be having regular, unprotected sex without any type of birth control before one would be diagnosed as infertile. Therefore, infertility is a woman’s inability to become pregnant or inability to carry a baby to term.
There are several factors that can effect a woman’s fertility including the following: age, alcohol, diet, weight, eating disorders, stress, exposure to chemicals, hormonal imbalances (also affected by birth control), mental stress, ovulation disorders, and more. However, just like with men, women who are experiencing fertility difficulty are not without hope. There are some natural things to do as well as medications and treatments that can help a woman to be able to not only conceive a child, but to also be able to carry the baby full term. These treatments can including: losing weight, correcting one’s diet, learning to cope with stress, and more.
There are many causes of infertility and the cause of infertility does not always lie with the woman. In fact, in approximately 50% of cases of infertility are caused by factors from the man. Some factors that effect the man can include: low sperm count, low sperm mobility, and abnormal sperm. These factors can be caused by medical conditions, medical treatments, hormonal imbalances, and more. However, men are not without hope. In some cases there are simple medical treatments and/or medications that can reverse or treat the effects of the factors previously listed.
If you or someone you know are struggling with infertility, you are not alone. Out of every 100 couples in the United States, approximately 12-13 of those couples have infertility struggles. But there is hope! You don’t have to face this alone! Talk with your doctor to discuss the best treatment options that may be available to you.