Most couples think that just eliminating the use of contraceptives during intercourse is enough to get pregnant. This, however, is not entirely true as some couples will get pregnant quickly while others can try up to a year without being able to conceive. The prospect of never having a child can be a frustrating reality to face. Emotions run high during this time leading to questions as to what went wrong and who is at fault. This in turn gives rise to many misconceptions surrounding infertility. Here are some facts about infertility so you can understand it better:
Infertility is a common problem
· You will probably think this is a joke, considering the amount of babies and children there are in this world. However, it is a fact that there are millions of couples who cannot or find it extremely difficult to conceive in America alone, so you can imagine how many more there are around the world. The fact is that around 17 percent of couples trying to get pregnant will encounter some infertility problems.
Age plays a role
· Age is definitely a factor when trying to conceive. Though most women are at the height of their fertility in their twenties, many modern-day women who have put off having babies because of their careers or other reasons can still find it relatively easy to conceive in their early thirties. However, a woman’s fertility rate does diminish with age as you move towards your forties, it could get more difficult. It bears mentioning, though, that not all young people are necessarily able to have children as infertility is influenced by a lot more than just age.
Infertility is not just the woman's fault
· Unfortunate as it is that we live in a society in which, if we learn a couple is not able to conceive or are having problems doing so, we automatically assume that that there must be something wrong with the woman. This is just not true as infertility affects both men and women more or less equally. Sometimes, both the man and woman could have a problem which contributes equally to their not being able to conceive.
The cause for infertility is mostly biological
· In women it is usually a problem related to the ovaries and a condition called Polycystic Ovulatory Symptom (PCOS). This is caused by a hormonal imbalance which in turn which affects the regularity of the menstrual cycle. Hormonal imbalance is also one of the main problems for infertility in men, along with low sperm rate and defective sperm. However, though the cause for infertility is mostly biological there can be many non-biological reasons too. These include stress, smoking, drinking, weight issues and over-exercising. Sometimes it could just be as simple as a woman getting the timing of her ovulation phase wrong.
There are medical options for infertility
· Realizing that you are infertile does not mean that it is the end of the road as far as having children is concerned. There are medical options out there to overcome infertility problems. First the couple should have a full medical assessment done to find out what could be causing the infertility. Sometimes, they could find that there were extenuating circumstances that prevented conception. It could be a health problem or the side effects of medication but most of these can be circumvented.
At the end of the day, couples trying to get pregnant must realize that infertility is not just a physiological problem. Mental health also plays a big part. Couples wanting to have a baby need to try the holistic approach which will aid their emotional, mental and physical well-being. The basis of the holistic approach is to treat the whole body and not just the symptom to get to the real problem.
This treatment advocates the taking of herbal supplements that help detox the body, a healthy diet which consists of foods rich in vitamins and folic acid and meditation and yoga to help reduce stress. This treatment, which can be followed despite the fact that a couple is also using modern medicine and technology, helps raise the couple’s odds of having a baby. But before all this, a couple must get their facts about fertility right and rid themselves of any pre-conceived notions so that they can go in for any treatment they might opt for with an open mind.