Understanding and Treating Infertility
Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive a child. An estimated 10-15% of couples face infertility, with approximately 40% affected by male infertility, 40% affected by female infertility, and the remaining 20% affected by problems from both partners. If you and your partner are struggling to conceive, it’s important to understand the causes and treatments for fertility.
Types of Infertility
There are several types of infertility, with the most common causes of female infertility being:
- Ovulation Disorders
- Uterine or Cervical Abnormalities
- Damage to Fallopian Tubes
- Tubal Issues
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
- Premature Ovarian Failure
Meanwhile, the most common causes of male infertility are:
- Low Sperm Count
- Abnormal Sperm Function
- Blocked Sperm Delivery
- Hormonal Abnormalities
- Exposure to Toxins
Diagnosis and Treatment
If you and your partner are having trouble conceiving, your first step should be to speak with a fertility specialist. They will be able to determine the cause of your infertility and provide treatment options which can include fertility medications, artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization (IVF), and surgeries. In some cases, changing your lifestyle habits can also help, such as eating a healthier diet, avoiding harsh toxins, and exercising regularly.
No matter what the cause of your infertility may be, it’s important to know that there are many effective treatments available. Speak with your doctor to discuss an action plan which can help you and your partner conceive. With the right knowledge and support, you can reach your goal to become parents and create the family you’ve always dreamed of.