Infertility Help & How To Deal With It
Both women and men can have health issues that lead to infertility. It often increases with age.
Is it just a woman's problem?
Both women and men can have health issues that lead to infertility. It often increases with age. About 35 percent of infertility cases arise due to men's problems, and another 35 percent due to women's problems. In around 20 percent cases, both the man and woman have fertility problems. In 10 percent of the cases, no cause can be found.
- Lack of adequate sex
- Use of sexual lubricants, that interferes with the survival of the man's sperm
- Heavy use of alcohol, tobacco or drugs
- Starvation diets or anorexia (in women)
Wearing tight underwear or pants (in men) raises crotch temperature and reduces sperm count. So does excessive exposure to heat, through saunas and hot tubs.
Stress may cause irregular periods in women, and reduced sperm counts in men. These problems can be resolved with medical treatment or lifestyle changes, such as exercise or meditation. Hypnotherapy has been proven to increase your success rate by up to 50%! Changing the time of sex, and sexual techniques may increase chances of pregnancy. After intercourse, semen spillage can be prevented by placing a pillow under the woman's hips.
Infertility In Women:
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID): This bacterial infection in the reproductive organs may cause scarring, which, in turn, may prevent proper ovulation or obstruct the movement of eggs in the fallopian tubes.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): In this condition, ovaries generate high amounts of male hormones because of which the follicles are unable to produce eggs, causing infertility.
Endometriosis: Tissue similar to the lining of the uterus spreads elsewhere in the abdominal cavity. In severe cases, the fallopian tubes get damaged, and the ovaries develop cysts that may eventually turn into blisters or scars. These then block the passage of the egg.
Hormonal imbalances: A decrease in the production of any of the five hormones that regulate a woman's reproductive cycle may cause infertility. High levels of prolactin (that stimulates breast milk production), may prevent the ovulation process since it inhibits the production of two hormones (FSH and GnRH) necessary for ovulation.
Fibroids: Fibroids, or benign growths, may form near the fallopian tubes or cervix and cause blockage, preventing the sperm or fertilised egg from reaching the uterus.
Surgical complications: Scar tissue left after abdominal surgery, such as an abortion, can cause problems in the movement of eggs, resulting in infertility.
Illness: Diabetes, kidney disease, high BP and sexually transmitted diseases too may cause hormonal imbalances, and hence, infertility.
Women who are infertile due to their inability to release eggs are taken through various "stimulation protocols" - this can be anything from tablets (Clomiphene) to injections (Gonadotropins). Intrauterine insemination too (IUI) can be an effective treatment for infertility. Women suffering from blockage of fallopian tubes have to undergo the Test Tube Baby treatment (IVF-ET). Unfortunately, even if your husband is at fault, you will have to undergo the IVF Treatment to conceive.
Source: Dr Rustom P Soonawala