When a couple has been trying to have a baby for more than a year and somehow haven't managed to conceive, they're probably facing the problem of infertility. Now, this can happen due to a variety of reasons in both women and men. The first step you need to take is to figure out where the problem lies and then work together as a team to sort it out. Let's get a better understanding of the possible reasons for infertility.
When it comes to women, decreased ovulation is one of the critical factors. Ovulation problems occur if certain parts of the reproductive system don't function properly, be it the adrenal glands, hypothalamus, pituitary gland, thyroid glands or genitals. Stress aggravates the ovulation problem, as does age. If you're in your thirties or older, your ovulation would've slowed down considerably.
Then, there are certain medical conditions that can lead to infertility, such as problems with the cervix, blocked fallopian tubes, polycystic ovaries, uterine fibroids, abnormalities in the lining of the uterus, endometriosis and anatomic disorders.
The main reason for infertility in men is a low sperm count. Now, this can be due to various factors, such as one's lifestyle, wearing tight trousers or briefs, or even soaking in a hot tub for too long! All these factors can lower sperm count. In addition, there's a medical condition known as variocele which causes irregularly shaped sperm.
The good thing is, when it comes to lifestyle one can make certain changes to alleviate the problem of low sperm count. Quitting smoking, excessive drinking or using illicit drugs can go a long way in sorting out the problem. Also, keep in mind that at times illness and medications can also cause a temporary lowering of sperm count, which thankfully, can be rectified.
Stress takes a huge toll on a couple's ability to conceive, as well as, stopping them for conceiving since they're so stressed out that they have to.
So, do watch out for that pitfall. The best way to cope with stress is to:
Learn Eastern breathing techniques that alleviate stress or meditate - Keep talking to your partner openly and offer each other emotional support.
Quit smoking and avoid excesses when it comes to consuming alcohol, caffeine or illegal drugs.
Exercise regularly to stay fit and be stress free.
Read up on infertility and its treatment.
Get a medical evaluation immediately. Know the enemy before you attack it!
The good news is, when it comes to women, 90% of infertility issues can be successfully treated. All the best!