So, you've been trying to get pregnant for a while, but nothing happens. Why can't you get pregnant? There are many possible causes, including ovulation irregularities, structural problems in the reproductive system, low sperm count, or an underlying medical problem.
While infertility can have symptoms like irregular periods or severe menstrual cramps, the truth is that most infertility causes are silent. Male infertility rarely has symptoms. Here are eight possible causes.
The first thing to consider is how long you've been trying. It may feel like you've been trying forever - and maybe you have! - but it's important to know that many couples don't get pregnant right away.
About 80 percent of couples get pregnant after six months of trying. About 90 percent will get pregnant after 12 months of trying to get pregnant. This assumes you have a well-timed relationship each month.
Doctors recommend seeing a doctor about your fertility status.
You are 35 years or older and have been trying for at least six months.
You are under 35 and have been trying for at least a year.
If any of these apply to your situation, see a doctor, even if there are no signs of fertility.
Human understanding requires an egg and a sperm. If you don't ovulate, you can't get pregnant.
Anovulation is the cause of female infertility and can be triggered by many conditions. PCOS is a possible cause of anovulation. Other possible causes include overweight or underweight, primary ovarian failure, thyroid dysfunction, hyperprolactinemia, and excessive exercise.
Most women who experience ovulation problems have irregular periods. However, regular menstrual cycles do not guarantee that ovulation has occurred. If you have irregular cycles, talk to your doctor, even if you haven't tried them in a year.
The baby can be carried by the mother, but it takes two to tango. Twenty to 30 percent of infertile couples discover fertility factors near the man. Forty percent of them have infertility factors on both sides.
Another thing you need to know: male infertility rarely has symptoms observed without semen analysis; this is a test that measures the health of semen and sperm. When you see the doctor, make sure both are tested.
-Women over 35 and men over 40 may take longer to get pregnant.
-Some women assume their fertility is good if they still get regular periods, but this is not true. Age affects egg quality and quantity.
Also, if your partner is five years or older than you, this can increase your risk of fertility problems after age 35.
Irregular ovulation accounts for 25 to 30 percent of female infertility cases. The rest may have problems with blocked fallopian tubes, uterine structural problems, or endometriosis.
In case you didn't know, the fallopian tubes are the path between your ovaries and your uterus. Fallopian tubes do not attach directly to the ovaries. Sperm must enter through the cervix, uterus and fallopian tubes. When an egg is released from the ovaries, hair-like projections from the fallopian tube engulf the egg. Conception takes place inside the fallopian tube, where the sperm and egg eventually meet. If anything is preventing the fallopian tubes from working properly, or if the scar prevents the sperm or egg from collecting, the baby will not form.
There are many possible causes of blocked fallopian tubes. Some women with blocked tubes experience pelvic pain, while others have no symptoms. Only fertility tests can determine if your tubes are open. An HGS is a special X-ray used to determine whether your fallopian tubes are open. This can be ordered by your OB/GYN.
Underlying medical conditions can lead to infertility in both men. For example, a thyroid imbalance or undiagnosed diabetes can lead to infertility. Although not fully understood, depression is associated with infertility. Some autoimmune diseases, such as lupus or undiagnosed celiac disease, can cause infertility.
There are prescription medications that can affect fertility. Do not stop taking medication without first talking to your doctor. Make sure both your doctor and your partner's doctor know that you are trying to get pregnant.
Also, an undiagnosed STD can cause infertility. There may be no signs of any disease.
- 25 to 30 percent of infertile couples do not know why they are not mothers. Some doctors say it's a lack of good diagnosis. They say there is no such thing as unexplained infertility, just undiscovered or undiagnosed problems.
The truth is that some couples are said to be unresponsive. However, not having the answers doesn't mean you can't be treated. Even if your diagnosis is not disclosed, you can (and should) still receive treatment for infertility
If you're having trouble getting pregnant, know that help is available. Many couples have stopped testing and treatment, waiting for a miracle, or just thinking they "must try a little longer." This is an error. Some causes of infertility worsen over time. The sooner you get help, the more fertility treatments will work for you.
Another reason couples sometimes delay testing is because they feel healthy and comfortable. It is true that you and your partner may not have any signs or symptoms of a fertility problem. You may have a textbook 28-day menstrual cycle, but that doesn't mean you'll get fast and trouble-free results when trying to get pregnant, and that doesn't mean you won't have a fertility problem.
If you have tried to conceive for a year (or six months if you are 35 or over, please get help.