Infertility or childlessness may be defined as the state of being unable to give birth to an offspring after one year of continuous unprotected sex. A women who is infertile may not be able to conceive while a man may be unable to impregnate. Sometimes the woman is able to conceive but she is not able to carry the pregnancy up to full term.
Types of Infertility :
•Primary Infertility: When a woman has never achieved conception in her life it is known as Primary Infertility.
•Secondary Infertility: When a woman has given birth to a child in the past but is facing difficulty to conceive again it is called Secondary Infertility.
•Recurrent Miscarriage: When a woman has three recurrent miscarriages despite full precaustions and medcial interventions she is diagnosed as a patient of inferility. Miscarriages are common now a day specially in rural areas but a successive miscariage for two times in a row is very uncommon and may be looked upon as a case of ppossible infertility.
Myths regarding Infertility:
There is a lot of hype and hoolah about infertility. In a country like India where socity is male dominant, women are always blamed to be the culprits behng inferrtility and inability to reproduce. Lets have a look at some of the common misconceptions regarding infertility :
- Infertility is not associated with women only. Men are equally responsible for childlessness in more than half of the cases diagnosed.
- One-third of infertility cases are due to female factor infertility, one-third are due to male factor infertility, and the remaining third due to problems from both sides, or unexplained reasons. When infertility is due to unexplained resons it is called idiopathic infertility which sometimes resolves on its own.
- Infertility is thought to appear if a couple waits for a few years or in other words adopts family planning. There is no relation between not wanting a baby and getting infertile.
- It is general beleived that infertility is more prominent and widespread in unhealthy people. This is not true. Infact the so called unhealthy and malnourished population in India which rsides in villages and small town are addding the bulk to India’s popluation.
- Living a healthy lifestyle alone and having vitamins supplements is not all that is required to cure ifertility.
- Infertility is not limited to older couples.
All cases of infertility are not incurable. About half of the cases resolve with time by itself. In one third of the cases infertlity can be resolved with proper treatment or if required surgical intervention. It is only the fracton of the population which is unable to get an offspring by any means. Even for those people newer techniques and treatments have been developed. IVF is one such popular treatment.
For most couples, the first symptom of infertility is when after a year of unprotected sex, they can’t get pregnant. It is possible to have regular cycles, a healthy sex life, not have any of the risk factors, be generally healthy, and still suffer from infertility.
When Should You Get Help for infertility?
But for some couples, there are early warning signs or risk factors that may hint to a fertility problem, before they try for six months to a year unsuccessfully.
Here are some questions to ask yourself and your partner. If you answer yes to any of these questions, you may want to speak to our doctors before you spend a year trying on your own.
Do you have irregular cycles?
An irregular cycle can be a red flag for infertility problems. If your cycles are unusually short or long (less than 24 days, or more than 35 days), or come unpredictably, you should speak with your doctor. An irregular cycle may be a sign of possible ovulation problems.
Do you bleed extremely heavily or lightly? Do you have excessive cramps?
Bleeding for anything between 3 to 7 days can be considered normal. However, if the bleeding is very light, or extremely heavy and intense, you should see your doctor. Also, if the bleeding changes significantly from month to month, either in terms of the heaviness or coloring, or length of bleeding time, or if you suffer from severe menstrual cramps, these are also possible symptoms that may hint to a fertility problem.
Are you older than 35?
If you’re older than age 35, your chances of dealing with infertility are higher. For example, at age 30, the average woman’s chance of conceiving during any one cycle is 20%. By age 40, that chance drops to a low 5%. If you’re over age 35, you should seek help if six months of unprotected sex doesn’t lead to pregnancy.
Does your partner experience impotence or ejaculatory problems?
Male factor infertility isn’t always so obvious – usually low sperm counts or inhibited sperm mobility is determined by a sperm analysis (in other words, you won’t be able to “notice” this yourself.) But if your partner does experience sexual dysfunction, this could be an infertility red flag.
Are you either underweight or overweight?
Being excessively thin or overweight can lead to infertility problems. Also, extreme or poor dieting practices, or too much exercise, can lead to problems with fertility.
Have you had three successive miscarriages?
While infertility is usually associated with the inability to get pregnant, a woman who experiences recurrent miscarriages is also considered to be dealing with infertility. Because miscarriage is not that uncommon — happening in anywhere from 10% to 20% of pregnancies — doctors do not usually consider a diagnosis of infertility until after the third successive miscarriage.
Do you or your partner have any chronic illnesses, like diabetes, thyroid problems, or hypertension?
Chronic illnesses, as well as their treatments, can lead to fertility problems. According to The American Fertility Association, illnesses like diabetes and hypothyroidism can cause fertility problems. Insulin, antidepressants, and thyroid hormones may lead to irregular cycles. Tagamet (cimetidine), a medication used in the treatment of peptic ulcers, and some hypertension medications can cause male factor infertility, including problems with sperm production or their ability to fertilize the egg.
If you are dealing with chronic illness, or taking a medication that impacts your fertility, talk to your doctor about possible options.
Have you or your partner been treated for cancer in the past?
Some cancer treatments can lead to fertility problems. If you or your partner has gone through cancer treatments, especially radiation therapy that was near the reproductive organs, seeking feedback from your doctor is recommended.
Do you or your partner have a history of STDs?
STDs can be the cause of infertility. Infection and inflammation from chlamydia or gonorrhea can cause blockage of the fallopian tubes, making pregnancy either impossible or putting a woman at risk for ectopic pregnancy. Because chlamydia and gonorrhea do not usually cause noticeable symptoms in women, it’s important that you’ve been screened for these STDs.
Do you or your partner smoke or drink alcohol?
Just about everyone knows drinking and smoking while pregnant is a big no-no. But smoking and drinking while trying to get pregnant is also a problem. Smoking has been linked to problems with conception in women, and heavy drinking has been linked with female and male infertility.
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