Monday, July 15, 2013

What Causes Infertility in Women?

Infertility is one of the most heartbreaking experiences that a couple can go through. Typically, if a couple has been trying to conceive for a year or longer without success is dealing with infertility. For women the age of 35 and older that time reduces to six months. It’s at this point that you should start seeing a doctor. They can help to find the cause of the infertility and treat it. It’s estimated that 1 in 8 couples in America are living with infertility in the United States.
There are many different causes for infertility in both women and men. A caouple might have one of these problems or several of them can prevent a pregnancy from happening.  A woman can only get pregnant when the complex process that starts with ovulation and ends with fertilization works the way it was suppose. Any type of disruption can impair the process. By consulting a fertility doctor or reproductive endocrinologist a couple can find the problems and choose the correct treatments for them to pursue. This greatly increases the chance of a woman becoming pregnant, and having a healthy baby.
While there are numerous issues that can affect a couple’s fertility, these five are the most common.
  • Endometriosis: When a woman has endmetriosis, her uterine tissue grows on the outside of her uterus. This can affect the other organs nearby, including the ovaries and fallopian tubes. This condition may cause problems for the ovaries, sperm, egg and uterus.
  • Uterine fibroids: These are small, benign tumors that develop within the uterine wall. This typically occurs in women between the ages of 30-40 years old. Implantation of a fertilized egg is usually impacted by these fibroids. It is rare for them to be blocking the fallopian tube.
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS):  PCOS is a very common problem for women having difficulty becoming pregnant. When a woman has PCOS her body will produce too much androgen hormone. The overproduction of androgen can disrupt the ovulation process. Many times its found in women that are overweight or have a resistance to insulin. PCOS is often treated with a prescription medication.
  • Damaged Fallopian Tubes: Fallopian tubes can be damaged when a woman contracts a sexually transmitted disease. Chlamydia is known to frequently cause these tubes to become damaged. Uterine fibroids can also cause damage to the fallopian tubes.
  • Early menopause: Some women begin experiencing menopause before the reach the age of 40. This is condition is known as “early menopause”. There is no known cause for this to happen, but there are certain risk factors that may have an impact on it. These include smoking, chemotherapy treatments, and other immune system problems.
These are just a few of the conditions that may play a part in a couples infertility. Some types of medications, besides birth control pills, will reduce the chance of a woman becoming pregnant. Medical treatments such as chemotherapy, lifestyle choices, such as smoking or drinking, and her partners health can all contribute to infertility. If you have been trying to conceive for at least a year, then you need to seek medical treatment. You can get pregnant with the right help.


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