You will know when you are infertile when you are unable to get pregnant after months to a year of unprotected sexual intercourse.
There are many kinds of infertility symptoms that cause emotional distress to couples—most especially for those who have been trying for year and still haven’t conceived their first baby.
The Type of Infertility
For couples who have not been able to conceive for at least a year, it is referred to as “primary infertility”. However, if you already have a child but is having difficulty conceiving a second one, it’s called “secondary infertility”.
Factors of Male Infertility
There are a number of physical and emotional factors that contribute to infertility in men. You might be surprised to learn that 30 to 40% of infertility causes are due to problems with the male. Examples of male infertility factors are impotence, retrograde ejaculation, low sperm count, imbalanced hormone levels and STDs. Males who take recreational drugs can also be infertile.
Factors of Female Infertility
The inability of a couple to conceive children is 40 to 50% due to female infertility factors. Some of these factors are because of abnormal ovulation, endometriosis, STDs, pelvic infections, hormonal imbalance, ovarian cysts, tumor and poor nutrition.
Cysts are one of the predominant factors of infertility in women. It can cause ovarian pain and irregular menstruation.
Age-related factors of infertility in women are also something that you should look out for. Once a woman gets older, her infertility starts a rapid decline. Beyond the age of 40, the probability of a woman being able to conceive is only 10% every month. The peak of fertility in women is in their early 20s.
There are also non age-related infertility factors in both men and women and some of these are:
– Sexually Transmitted Diesases (STDs)
– Mumps in men that usually attack younger boys
– Varicocel or the enlargement of the veins in the scrotum
– A history of DES exposure for both men and women
– Myomas or blockages in the cervix
– Having multiple partners that can increase the risk of contracting STDs
– Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
– Orchitis or epididymitis in males
– Anovulatory menstryal cycles
– Diabetes or other chronic illnesses
The remaining 10 to 30% of infertility conditions can be due to factors caused by both man and woman or from unknown causes.
Infertility is a hard issue to deal with especially when you only know a little background about the condition. To win the battle with infertility involves vigilance and determination. You should consult your doctor, talk to friends, and research online to get as much information as you can so you will be able to know how to deal with your infertility and come up with a suitable solution that can work best for you and your partner.