Infertility affects millions of people. This might be female infertility, male infertility, or a combination of the two. It is estimated that 10%-15% of couples end up classified as infertile which, by definition, means that the couple has been trying to conceive for at least a year without success by means of frequent, unprotected sex. From these couples, female infertility accounts for 40% to 50% of the cases that present with a lack of success in conceiving a child. Problems with sperm account for another 30%-40% of cases of infertility and the remaining 30%-40% of couples with difficulty conceiving are classified as having both male and female infertility or are unexplained.
Many Resources And Treatments Are Available For Female Infertility.
It can be quite difficult to diagnose the cause of female infertility, but we can be glad that there are many resources and treatments available to overcome this frustrating condition. In fact, often times, treatment is found to be unnecessary with half of infertile couples finding themselves pregnant spontaneously within 36 months of a diagnosis of infertility without having had any treatment at all.
The main symptom of female infertility is the inability to become pregnant, though shorter or longer menstrual periods may also be a sign of the condition. Often, there are no outward signs of female infertility.
If Just One Process Goes Awry, Conception Will Not Take Place.
The human reproductive system is quite complex. In order for pregnancy to occur, every step of the way must be carried out just so, from the release from the ovary of the mature egg, to the fertilization of the egg, to the implantation of the fertilized egg and its growth within the uterus. In women, if just one of these processes goes awry, conception will not take place. The definition of female infertility is that one of these processes, or perhaps more than one process, goes wrong.
Some of the factors that are responsible for female infertility are ovulation disorders, damage to the fallopian tubes, endometriosis, and cervical narrowing or blockage. Risk factors can include age, smoking, weight, sexual history, alcohol, and caffeine.
A woman who is still in her early thirties or younger will be advised to keep trying for at least a year before seeking treatment. A woman of 35-40 years of age should consult professionals after six months of trying. If you are a woman who is over 40 years of age, have a history of pelvic inflammatory disease, painful or irregular periods, endometriosis, or repeated miscarriages, your doctor might wish to begin testing and treatment at once.
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