Infertility is the inability to conceive a child after at least one year of unprotected intercourse. Infertility can affect you mentally. Understanding the causes of your infertility and receiving the proper treatment can be highly beneficial. Richard Strathmann OBGYN is a specialist on whom you can rely for treating infertility.
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What are the major causes?
Unfortunately, there is no single cause that fits all cases. Several causes of infertility are:
- Age: The most common cause of infertility in women is age. As a woman passes the age of 30, she begins to lose her ability to conceive a child. It has been reported that after the age of 35, a female loses 20% chances to conceive.
- Cervical Mucus Patterns: Cervical mucus patterns can also affect fertility rates. In general, if there is no mucus present after ovulation, conception cannot occur during the period indicated by the cervical mucus, and pregnancy cannot occur unless other factors intervene.
- Obesity: having excess weight can negatively affect the ability to have a baby.
- Environmental Factors: Environmental factors such as drug abuse, environmental toxins, and radiation can also affect fertility rates. In addition, factors such as diet, stress level, and habits can affect achieving pregnancy.
- Physical Traumatic Events: Traumatic events such as a fall or a direct blow to the abdomen can affect the reproductive system and negatively impact fertility rates.
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease: Another condition that affects a woman’s ability to conceive is pelvic inflammatory disease(PID).
- Medical condition: diabetes or sexually transmitted diseases can decrease the chances to conceive. STDs can lead to permanent damages to the uterus and lead to permanent infertility.
Are there any infertility treatments?
Some treatments can increase fertility rates in some cases. Such as:
- Intrauterine insemination (IUI): In this method, semen (fluid containing sperm and nutrients required for the sperm) is collected from a male and injected into the uterus or the female’s fallopian tube. Here the sperm can fertilize the egg.
- Fertility drugs: The use of fertility drugs may increase fertility rates if they are taken at the right time and are used at appropriate doses according to what is stated on the packaging.
- Ovulation induction drugs: These drugs induce ovulation and increase the chances of fertilization.
- Fertility reversal medications are used for this purpose and will cause the regression of specific conditions that may prevent or delay fertility rates.
- Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
If you face infertility or wonder why you have not become pregnant after a year of unprotected intercourse, ask your doctor for tests to determine if there is a problem causing your fertility.