Infertility can feel like a lonely road. But you are not alone. Over 7 million couples in the United States are struggling with fertility issues.
Human reproduction is not an exact science. Several factors could be contributing to any couple’s infertility. There are a few common reasons that may be preventing conception.
Here are the five most common reasons for Infertility:
1. Endometriosis: When cells located inside the uterus and other organs in the pelvic area, the condition is called endometriosis. Women with this medical condition experience heavy bleeding and pain during their cycle. They may also be infertile as a result but not always. Endometriosis is hard to diagnose without surgery, but once identified can be treated. While many infertile women may have endometriosis, it is not a cause of infertility in and of itself. The relationship is unclear to experts although they do believe there is an undeniable connection.
2. PCOS: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a diagnosis that is most common for women aged 18-45. The condition can cause hormone irregularities that prevent the egg from being released during menstruation. Symptoms of PCOS can vary but include spotting between cycles, acne, abnormal hair growth, and weight gain.
3. Low sperm count: The ability to fertilize an egg is significantly affected by the number of sperm present. A simple test of a man’s sperm sample can identify a low sperm count.
4. A Previously Undiagnosed Medical Condition: There are times when a condition unrelated directly to the reproductive system affects the patient’s fertility. From thyroid irregularities to diabetes or Celiac’s disease, several medical conditions can limit fertility. These issues can be identified with simple tests.
5. Advanced Maternal Age: Our fertility decreases with age, particularly for women. As women age, so do her eggs which decline in quality. Time is of the essence for couples that are over the age of 35. Because of this, it is essential that couples seek help sooner rather than later by making an appointment after having regular unprotected sex without conception for six months.
The good news is that no matter what is causing your infertility, assisted reproductive technologies (ART) treatments and IVF gender selection are having success rates higher than ever before in history.
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