What causes infertility?
On a population basis, there is no single cause of infertility. For individual couples, there may be a single cause, but fertility is complicated and sometimes a collection of factors may be involved. Causes can be congenital, anatomical, or hormonal in origin. Diet and lifestyle also have a major impact on one’s fertility, as does one’s age, past history of birth control use, and the use of certain other pharmaceuticals. Sometimes, doctors fail to identify a cause of infertility, leading to the frustrating diagnosis of “unexplained” infertility.
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Is infertility treatable?
Yes! Certain causes of infertility, such as hormonal imbalances, can be effectively treated using bioidentical hormones, fertility-boosting vitamins and supplements, and/or making diet and lifestyle changes. Sometimes, simply learning more about one’s cycle (so that intercourse can be carefully targeted) can be enough to help a couple finally conceive. If you have a condition such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or endometriosis, which can make it more difficult to conceive, getting treatment for the condition can sometimes improve fertility.
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- The Affordable, Effective Alternative to IVF No One Talks About
- How charting helped me beat infertility
- What Are the Symptoms of PCOS, and How Do You Treat It?
- Understanding the Surgical Techniques Used to Address PCOS
- 4 Supplements to Consider When You’re Trying to Conceive
- 3 Reproductive-Health Issues NaProTechnology Solves Better Than the Alternatives
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- 3 Simple Nutrition Tips that Will Improve Your Reproductive Health
- How I got help with endometriosis without the Pill
- Time to get pregnant: save months by using fertility awareness
- How exercise can boost or block your fertility goals
- Four Natural Ways to Help Regulate Ovulation
- 3 reasons you should consider Merciér Therapy for holistic fertility treatment
- How fertility awareness helps “infertile” women get pregnant
Is infertility curable?
Some forms of infertility may be curable. Structural anomalies like blocked fallopian tubes in women or varicocele in men are two examples of issues that make it difficult (or impossible) to conceive, that can be surgically corrected.
Is infertility due to the woman or man?
Women and men can both suffer from infertility. While women are often the main targets for treatment, it is estimated that at least 20-30 percent of cases are solely due to male factor infertility, and that combined with female factor, male factor contributes another 30-50 percent of all infertility cases globally.
Find out more here:
- How FAMs Can Help a Couple with Male Infertility to Conceive
- Why We Really Need Better Options for Treating Male Infertility
- Why is Male Reproductive Health Declining?
When should I see a doctor for infertility?
How soon you should see a doctor will depend on a variety of factors. For example, your age, whether or not you’ve been charting/having targeted intercourse, how long you’ve been having contraceptive-free sex, and whether or not you have a known reproductive disorder such as endometriosis or PCOS can all have implications for how soon you should seek treatment. Many doctors will suggest intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF) if a couple has been struggling to get pregnant, but a couple should never feel pressured into artificial reproductive technology (ART) procedures that are often extremely costly, and may not work.
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- How Soon Should You See a Doctor for Infertility?
- 6 Apps That Can Help Couples Understand if their Infertility Is Temporary or Permanent
- The hidden costs of IVF: heartbreak, health risks, and helplessness
- The Dark Side of the Fertility Industry, from a Survivor
How do couples conceive when they stop trying?
We’ve all heard the stories of how couples suffering from infertility–sometimes for years—”magically” conceived once they decided to adopt, used their baby savings fund on something fun, or simply decided to stop trying. It’s such a common anecdote, that one couple who experienced the phenomenon for themselves finally decided to look into why it might have happened—and from that, Organic Conceptions was born.
To go beyond the advice to “just relax,” to more evidence-based methods of improving mental health and chances of conceiving, read more here:
- A New and Promising Path for Couples Facing Infertility
- 4 Ways to Fight Infertility With Emotional Management
- Interview: How the Holidays Are Particularly Hard for Couples Struggling with Infertility
- How I Came to View Fertility As a Delicate Gift
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