Women's Wellness of SA

Infertility: What You Need to Know

Infertility is the inability to get pregnant after 12 months of regular unprotected sex. It affects about 1 in 8 couples in the United States.

There are many causes of infertility, both in men and women. Some of the most common causes in women include:

  • Age: Fertility decreases with age. Women over 35 are more likely to have difficulty getting pregnant than women in their 20s.
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS): PCOS is a condition that affects how the ovaries work. Women with PCOS often have irregular periods and difficultyovulating.
  • Endometriosis: Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus. This can damage the fallopian tubes and ovaries, making it difficult to getpregnant.
  • Tubal blockage: The fallopian tubes are the channels that carry eggs from the ovaries to the uterus. If the fallopian tubes are blocked, eggs cannot reach the uterus and fertilization cannot occur.
  • Low sperm count: A low sperm count can make it difficult for sperm to fertilize an egg.
  • Varicocele: A varicocele is a varicose vein in the scrotum. It can damage sperm and make it difficult to getpregnant.

If you are having difficulty getting pregnant, it is important to see a doctor. They can help you diagnose the cause of your infertility and recommend treatment options.

There are many treatment options available for infertility. Some of the most common treatments include:

  • In vitro fertilization (IVF): IVF is a procedure in which eggs are retrieved from the ovaries and fertilized with sperm in a The fertilized eggs are then transferred to the uterus.
  • Intrauterine insemination (IUI): IUI is a procedure in which sperm is placed directly into the uterus. This can help to increase the chances of fertilization.
  • Ovulation induction: Medications can be used to induce This can help women who are not ovulating regularly.
  • Surgery: Surgery can be used to repair blocked fallopian tubes or removeendometriosis.

The best treatment for infertility will depend on the individual couple’s situation. It is important to talk to your doctor about all of your options and to choose a treatment that is right for you.

Here are some additional things to keep in mind about infertility:

  • Infertility can be a difficult and emotional experience. It is important to seek support from your partner, family, and friends.
  • There are many resources available to help couples with infertility. Talk to your doctor or a fertility specialist for more information.
  • There is no shame in seeking help for Many couples need help to get pregnant.

If you are struggling with infertility, know that you are not alone. There are many people who have been through the same thing and who have gone on to have children. With the right treatment, you can increase your chances of getting pregnant.

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