Women and men are both equally affected by the health condition called infertility. The next natural step for striving parents is to seek a solution or treatment. There are several medical procedures including artificial reproductive technologies (ART) such as in vitro fertilization that may help infertile couples conceive. Intrauterine insemination, also known as artificial insemination, is another popular technique used in conjunction with certain treatments. Before couples seek treatment for infertility, you must be sure you indeed infertile.
Learning the possible signs of infertility is a good first step in in success or failure. Overall, neither the man nor woman should become greatly concerned if they are infertile until one full year has passed with unprotected intercourse to get pregnant. In many cases, there will be no other signs of infertility other than an inability to get pregnant. After one year, couples should seek medical advice from a qualified fertility specialist.
It is not uncommon for women to have irregular periods with heavy or light bleeding or unusual cramps. Infertile men may experience hormonal changes. Both men and women should also be aware of possible symptoms of conditions that may cause infertility. Women who are older than 35 may be at a greater risk of infertility. If this is the case, it may be helpful to see a fertility specialist after six months of unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant.
Sexual dysfunction in men may point to male factor infertility. Impotence or ejaculatory problems may be a sign of infertility, although male factor infertility may not be easy to spot. It is normally examined after a semen analysis. Talk to a fertility doctor about a semen analysis if you believe you may be experiencing infertility.
Females who are classified as too thin or weigh a lot more than they should may experience infertility problems as well. Poor diet or over-exercising may also lead to infertility. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) may cause infertility as well. Gonorrhea or Chlamydia may cause a blockage in the fallopian tubes that may prevent women from becoming pregnant, or may cause the embryo to implant outside of the uterus (in the fallopian tubes in many cases) in what is called ectopic pregnancy.
Specific tests and diagnosis that may help fertility specialists diagnose infertility. Couples suffering from infertility are encouraged to speak with a doctor for more information about ways to improve fertility. Making certain lifestyle changes or taking supplements or vitamins may be helpful in some cases. Others should explore possible treatment options with an experienced physician.