Infertility in Women and Common Causes

Infertility in women is the inability to conceive a baby without any medical or alternative help – or to have a miscarriage and not able to carry to term after a year of trying.   Becoming a parent is one of the greatest joys in life. For the couple that wants this and suffers from infertility, this can be a very difficult thing to endure. The urge to become parents is great in many. When it doesn’t happen it can be devastating.

Chances of Getting Pregnant

pregnancy testThe majority of infertility problems lie with the woman. More than half of the cases of infertility stem from female issues that hurt her chances of getting pregnant. Male infertility usually consists of sperm disorders or even unexplained. Fertility in women are judged by the proper menstrual cycle. A very common cause of infertility is due to ovulation problems. Other issues include blocked fallopian tubes from previous tubal ligations or scar tissue and problems with the uterus itself.

Common Causes of Infertility in Women

Statistics show that younger women are more fertile than older women. Fertility started to decline in the latter 30′s. Women lose about 1000 eggs each month. Plus, conditions like PCOS, endometriosis or certain sexually transmitted diseases worsen over time and can eventually lead to infertility.

Another major cause of infertility is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). PID is sometimes caused from untreated sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia or gonorrhea. These diseases cause scarring in the pelvic cavity – in the fallopian tubes, uterus and even in the ovaries. Normally a woman with PID can become pregnant with the help of invasive infertility treatments like IVF.

PCOS is a leading cause of infertility in women. PCOS is caused from hormonal disorders. PCOS disrupts the woman’s normal ovulation cycle. An inability to ovulate or ovulating irregularly is the cause of infertility in women with PCOS. This condition is alleviated by the medication Metformin. Metformin aids in the absorption of insulin and helps to correct to proper hormone levels.

The hormones should be among the first things tested when infertility is suspected. The endocrine system is responsible for producing the hormones. The adrenal, hypothalamus, ovaries, pancreas, pituitary, testes, and thyroid glands make up the endocrine system. If these are off a lot of times infertility is a side effect.

While there are several medical reasons which cause infertility, the couple also has to look at their lifestyle for causes of infertility. Alcohol and drugs, smoking, weight problems and sexually transmitted diseases as well as stress can cause infertility.

Stress can be caused if conception doesn’t occur within a couple of months of trying. Doctors are unable to diagnose any specific infertility problems within the woman or the man. They are labeled as unexplained infertility. If couples could eliminate this stress, conception has a better chance of happening. If the body is relaxed ovulation has a better chance of occurring. So remaining stress free, or as stress free as possible is very important when trying to conceive.

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