Infertility Awareness: Facts About Fertility and Conception
Although National Infertility Awareness Week is over for this year (it took place back in April), we wanted to shed some light on the topic. Awareness of infertility is never “over” for some couples.
We know that many women who have fertility issues often feel alone, sad, angry, and/or depressed. We’re here to let you know that you’re not alone. Read on to discover some facts about infertility and conception.
Infertility: It affects many couples
One in every eight couples have trouble with fertility, according to the CDC. There are numerous reasons you may not be able to conceive. It is difficult even if you have no issues (there is only an 86% chance of a woman getting pregnant in one year of having sex without birth control!).
InfertilityAwareness.org sponsors an Infertility Awareness campaign in April. They ask you to take the pledge to support yourself and others who are living with fertility problems. The following excerpt is taken from their website, HERE:
#FliptheScript during National Infertility Awareness Week® and join the movement that will help break down the barriers people with infertility face every day. Use this pledge as an inspiration on ways you can get involved during NIAW. Help us change the conversation about infertility. #FliptheScript during National Infertility Awareness Week® and join the movement that will help break down the barriers people with infertility face every day. Use this pledge as an inspiration on ways you can get involved during NIAW. Help us change the conversation about infertility.
I make a pledge to breakdown the stigma of infertility and share my story.
My Pledge is to help RESOLVE make a difference for people with infertility.
I pledge to be a voice and join in our advocacy efforts.
I make a pledge to help support others who are struggling with infertility.
Causes of Infertility: Females
With all the issues that can prevent couples from becoming pregnant, it’s truly a miracle that we have babies at all…
Some of the (understandable) main causes of infertility are ovary issues. Ailments such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI) are the main culprits in this category.
There can also be issues with damage to the eggs from things like cancer treatment or exposure to harmful chemicals.
Age is also a factor in this category. Women are born with all the eggs they will have in their lifetime. As we grow older, the eggs grow older as well. This can cause problems with fertilization and implantation.
Fallopian Tube Problems
Issues with the fallopian tubes can be caused by sexually transmitted diseases, surgery (especially surgery for ectopic pregnancy), or pelvic tuberculosis. All of these can cause damage to the fallopian tubes, not allowing the egg to travel to the uterus to implant.
I go into detail about this one in another blog (HERE), but endometriosis can cause many problems, let alone infertility. This disorder causes endometrial tissue (the tissues that line the uterus) to grow where they’re not supposed to grow…outside the uterus.
The tissue can become engorged and inflamed during your period and cause severe pain. It is also known to cause infertility, usually by excess tissue blocking the fallopian tubes, not allowing the eggs to pass through.
Scarring or excess tissues can also prevent implantation inside the uterus.
Causes of Infertility: Males
Low Sperm Count/Low Sperm Motility
Men who are struggling with infertility usually are suffering from problems with sperm production or problems with sperm transport. Sometimes men do not produce enough sperm to achieve a pregnancy. Other times, the sperm cannot make it to their destination.
When couples are having difficulty conceiving a child due to sexual issues, the problem is generally with erection or ejaculation. Sometimes the man cannot achieve erection. This can be caused by other health problems, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
Ejaculation issues can be caused by many antidepressants and other medications as well. If you’re having trouble conceiving because of this, discuss alternatives with your doctor.
When you and your doctor have exhausted all other avenues, sometimes there is just no explanation for why you cannot conceive. This is called Unexplained Infertility.
When this is the case, it may seem hopeless, but don’t lose hope. You can help your body get back on track. Try cleaning up your diet. Follow the tips in my detox blog on clean eating (HERE).
If you’re still having trouble after trying to clean up your diet and cleanse your body and mind, try Bioterra Herbs’ Female Fertility supplement.
It is made with all-natural herbs, based on Traditional Chinese medicine. There are no fillers or chemicals in this product. Click on the image below for a link to learn more about the product and make a purchase.
We also have a product for men, our Male Fertility supplement. You can get a $5 discount off of each of them with the code: wantmybaby.