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Infertility is Common in Women and Men

Infertility is quite common in both women and men. You are not alone if you are trying to conceive and have been unable to do so even after repeated attempts. Many babies are born every day to women who previously had problems getting pregnant. That is because infertility in many cases is a perfectly treatable condition.

Pre-Pregnancy Health

Before you even try to get pregnant it is a good idea to go to a health care provider and discuss your pre-pregnancy health. Some health problems can make getting pregnant more difficult. Infertility seems to be more common in women who experience thyroid problems, pelvic inflammatory disease, and irregular periods, among other disorders.

Infertility Diagnosis

When a woman tries to get pregnant without success for a year infertility is generally diagnosed. This is not just a woman's problem, either. Men can have fertility problems as well. In some cases both the man and the woman may experience difficulties respectivly impregnating or becoming pregnant. If you are trying to concieve and it just is not happening see your doctor and find out why. That goes for your partner too, if you check out as being healthy with no problems detected in your reproductive system.

Infertility is not age or race specific. It may affect women and men of diverse health, age and racial backgrounds.

Infertility Problems for Women

  1. For women, some common reasons for infertility include:
  2. The shape of her uterus makes it difficult for a fertilized egg to implant itself.
  3. Sperm can’t meet the egg because of blocked fallopian tubes.
  4. The eggs are not of a good quality.
  5. Endometriosis- this is the growth of endometrial tissue outside of the uterus, causing pain, especially before and during menstruation.
  6. The woman may not be ovulating (that is,releasing eggs).

Infertility Problems for Men

For men infertility is usually a sperm issue. Here are some common issues:

  1. The man has no sperm in his seminal fluid.
  2. The seminal fluid itself may be too thick, and it is difficult for the sperm to move around in it very easily.
  3. The sperm may not be formed correctly.
  4. The sperm may die before they reach the egg because the sperm cells don’t move quickly enough.
  5. The man may suffer from a low sperm count.

Female Infertility Treatment

Female infertility treatments usually involve the taking of medication. The medications treat ovulation and hormone issues. Be aware that there can be side effects to taking fertility medications. Be sure to talk to your doctor about this.

Male Infertility Treatment

For men the treatment options include hormone treatment, medication and surgery. Another man’s sperm could be used if the man seeking to be a father has sperm that cannot fertilize an egg.

In Vitro Fertilization

There are other fertility options as well. With in vitro fertilization (IVF) a woman takes medication to make several eggs ripen. The eggs are removed and semen that has been collected from a man is joined with the eggs in a labratory. If some eggs have been fertilized, one or more of them is put into the woman's uterus. If one or more of them implant in the wall of the uterus pregnancy occurs.

Intrauterine Insemination

In the procedure of intrauterine insemination, sperm washing is done after collecting a man's semen. This separates the healthy sperm from the rest of the semen. The sperm then goes directly into the uterus and therefore closer to the egg. This reduces the distance and time the sperm have to travel to reach a viable egg.

Adoption

If all fertilization possibilities have been exhausted without success another option to consider is adoption. There are many children needing and waiting for a loving, stable and nuturing family enviroment. It is estimated that 140 million children worldwide are orphaned and in desperate need of a family to call their own. This number is equal to half the population of America. For you and children like this to find each other could be the best thing to ever happen to all of you.

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