January 20, 2015

How many people face infertility?

Infertility can be a difficult situation for couples.

According to Diaperchamp.com about 10 to 15% of couples in the United States are facing infertility.

There were times we were holding counseling, and prayer meetings among us friends, especially couples. Married couples opening and sharing their life activities and happenings, even family and personal problems. And we had one couple friend, as 5 year - married don't have kids. I still thinking of what to say, to advice what to do to be pregnant, to have kids. I just tell them to be happy with partners in life even without children. 

We continued to pray and told them both to try to stay positive, I am sure that everything happens for a reason, and it will happen in God’s time.

There were members among us, knows medical subjects, gives advices to them, sometimes, one-on-one. Actually, up to now, I didn't know what the real score, meaning who among them, the man or the woman has a medical problem, as they were facing Infertility. 

How many people face Infertility? 

First, what Infertility means? Is infertility a common problem? Is infertility just a woman's problem? Or couple's or partners, man's and woman's?

Some say that infertility means not being able to become pregnant after a year of trying.

The World Health Organization defines infertility

In general, infertility is defined as not being able to get pregnant (conceive) after one year of unprotected sex. Women who do not have regular menstrual cycles, or are older than 35 years and have not conceived during a 6-month period of trying.

One of the main causes of infertility in women is anovulation. 

Anovulation is a condition where a woman’s ovary is not producing eggs, making it difficult to conceive. One of the main reasons for anovulation is stress. 

Stress causes hormonal imbalance, especially the hormones responsible to stimulate ovulation.

On the other hand, low sperm count and sperm motility is the leading cause of infertility in men. Men need to be able to make sure they take care of their sperm by avoiding smoking and taking lesser alcohol. Hot tubs and saunas are also known as sperm killers and men should avoid these as much as possible.

If both partners are young and healthy and have been trying to conceive for one year without success, a visit to a counselor, physician could help to highlight potential medical problems earlier rather than later. They may also be able to suggest lifestyle changes to increase the chances of conceiving.

Both, partners in life may consider making an appointment with a reproductive endocrinologist—an infertility specialist. These doctors may also be able to help women with recurrent pregnancy loss—2 or more spontaneous miscarriages. 

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