For couples trying to conceive a baby, infertility can be a frustrating battle. Infertility affects each couple differently. Infertility can be a male only issue, a female only issue or both partners could be contributing to the infertility issue.
About 20% of infertility cases are related to only the male partner.
About 40 – 50% of infertility cases are related to only the female partner.
About 30 – 40% of infertility cases are related to both partners.
When a woman is the cause of the infertility issue often the reason is fallopian tube damage or blockage, ovulation disorders, elevated prolactin, endometriosis, PCOS, pelvic adhesions, uterine fibroids or early menopause.
Ovulation disorder are caused by a disruption in the brain that regulates ovulation. This can be caused by hypothalamic pituitary disorder that can cause anovulation. Other possible causes to ovulation disorders are eating disorders, excessive exercise, injuries or tumors. In many cases natural herbs or medications can be helpful.
Medical conditions such as cell disease, diabetes and other diseased greatly affect female fertility. You should always work with your doctor to insure medications and treatments are not affecting your fertility.
Medications can temporarily cause infertility in women. In most cases, once the medication is stopped, fertility will go back to normal in the woman.
Age affects a female’s fertility, at the age of 35 a woman’s fertility begins to gradually decline. While women in their 40’s do have babies, they have a higher rate of chromosomal abnormalities, risk health problems to themselves and their babies. Their risk of miscarriages increases too.
Being overweight or underweight can affect your fertility. A well balanced diet is recommended when trying to conceive a baby. A multi vitamin or prenatal vitamin is a good idea to make sure you’re receiving all the important vitamins like folic acid and iron needed for creating a healthy baby.
A thyroid issue can cause fertility issues in women by interrupting the menstrual cycle for women. If you’re suspecting a thyroid issue, you should see a doctor immediately. Thyroid issues affect more then your fertility.
Women who have excessive caffeine habits should reduce their intake greatly before deciding to get pregnant. Caffeine greatly affects fertility. Women should also avoid things like alcohol and smoking, as they greatly affect a woman’s fertility.
Both men and women should be living a healthy life style, as they are trying to conceive a baby. If you’re trying to get pregnant, most doctors recommend seriously trying for one year before seeking help. This can seem like eternity when suspecting a fertility issue. If you begin to suspect a fertility issue, it’s a good idea to track things like changes in your lifestyle, environment, diet and sexual habits. For women be tracking things regarding ovulation. Knowing this information will help a doctor narrow down where the fertility issue may be.