Are you anxious to become a mom or a dad soon? Yet, no matter how hard you try with your partner, it’s just not happening?

Approximately one out of six couples in the United States has trouble conceiving a child. There are many infertility causes among men and women. Many couples get particularly anxious when, two years into their marriage, no baby is on the way. This is the result of infertility.

Infertility is the inability to get pregnant even after a year of unprotected sex. This condition is not unusual. A lot of couples are dealing with infertility and it can be very frustrating. Consequently, it is sometimes pointed to being the cause of break-ups and divorces. There is no need to be pointing fingers. Infertility does not only concern a woman nor a man alone. It is both.

Causes of Infertility in Women

When a woman is faced with infertility, a lot of emotional distress is involved. It is usually hard to accept that you may not be capable of bearing a child and nurture a family. Here are several infertility causes among women:

  • Ovulation disorders – This is one of the most common factors of infertility causes in women. Ovulation occurs when a woman’s ovary releases an egg down to the fallopian tube where it will eagerly meet an equally excited sperm and become fertilized. But for an unlucky few, a disruption in the part of the brain that regulates ovulation can cause levels of important hormones to drop. These small irregularities prevent the ovary from releasing the egg. See here to reduce stress, so to reverse disorders.
  • Damaged or blocked fallopian tube – This infertility cause usually results from inflammation of the fallopian tube called salpingitis. A sexually transmitted disease known as Chlamydia is often the culprit. The risk of having ectopic pregnancies increases with each occurrence of a tubal infection.
  • Endometriosis – This problem occurs in the lining of the uterus and may impede pregnancy. It happens when the uterine tissue grows outside of the uterus, often affecting the ovaries, uterus and fallopian tubes. Needless to say, endometriosis reduces the chances of pregnancy. Endometriosis cyst can also develop. Cysts are very common in the ovary and they can either be benign or malignant. See more about ovarian cyst cures.
  • Uterine fibroids – Fibroid tumors in the uterine are common in women in their 30s and 40s. These tumors, however, are benign but can rarely result to infertility by blocking the fallopian tubes.
  • Old Age – Old age can be one of the causes of female infertility. The number of released eggs in the ovaries will considerably drop every year after you turn 30. If you are trying to get pregnant for 6 months after you turned 30 and to no avail, you might want to consult your doctor.

Causes of Infertility in Men

Men can also have their fair share of infertility problems. Some of the infertility causes in men are:

  • Impaired shape and movement of sperm – Sperms must be properly shaped to be able to move rapidly and accurately. If the shape and structure of the sperm is abnormal, it may not be able to penetrate the egg.
  • Low sperm count – One of the male causes of infertility is a low sperm count. A normal sperm count should be equal to or greater than 20 million sperms per milliliter of semen. A count of 10 million or fewer indicates infertility.
  • Genetic defects – Another one of infertility causes is a  genetic defect called Klinefelter’s syndrome where a man has two X chromosomes and one Y chromosome instead of the normal X and Y. This slows down sperm production and possibly testosterone count as well.
  • Infections – An infection can impair the movement of a sperm. This happens when a man has repeated cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). It can block sperm passage. A viral infection that you must be very careful and it usually affects young children is mumps. If it occurs after puberty, it can significantly impair sperm production
  • Smoking – According to Dr. Peter Chang, director of Beth Israel Center for Infertility, smoking is detrimental to both eggs and sperm. Therefore, if you are trying to conceive, you should quit smoking.

If you suspect yourself or your partner of being infertile, there is no need to press the alarm button right away. Initial signs of infertility do not mean that you are doomed to be childless for life. Talk to your doctor and be properly advised on the tests you and/or your partner need to take. On a bright note, two-thirds of couples who are treated from infertility go on to have kids. See how my husband and I got our first kid. Make the move today.