Trying to conceive is a big step in a relationship. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions: love, joy, excitement, anxiousness, nervousness and most importantly, fear. There is undoubtedly a massive chunk of pressure on the couple. The fear of being infertile is always a major concern. Infertility restricts one’s ability to conceive and there are multiple causes for being infertile.
However, while some signs of infertility are quite evident, most of the signs and symptoms are silent.
If you and your partner have been trying to conceive but are unable to, these can be the possible reasons:
You haven’t tried enough: When it comes to conception, time is of utmost importance. You might get the feeling that you have been trying for a long time but it isn’t enough. Approximately 90% couples will get pregnant after 12 months of trying. The key is to not give up and keep trying.
Irregular ovulation: If a woman is not ovulating, it is practically impossible for her to conceive. Anovulation (irregular ovulation) is caused by a number of factors like PCOS, weight issues, thyroid, etc. If you are not ovulating, it is ideal that you consult a fertility expert and know the exact cause of anovulation.
Age: In most cases, age and fertility are inversely related. Age impacts the quality and quantity of the woman’s egg as well as that of the male sperm. In general, females over 35 years of age and men over 40 years of age can have fertility issues.
Low sperm count: In around 30% of the cases, the man is the cause of infertility. The signs of male infertility are almost nonexistent and have no symptoms whatsoever. If you and your partner feel that this is the case, a semen analysis is recommended by an expert.
Blocked fallopian tubes: The fallopian tubes are the pathways between the ovaries and the uterus. The sperm and the egg meet inside the fallopian tubes and that’s where the conception takes place. Therefore, if the fallopian tubes are blocked, there will be no conception. Fertility testing can help determine if your fallopian tubes are open.
Endometriosis: Endometriosis is a condition in which the endometrium tissue ie the tissue that lines the uterus starts to grow in places outside of the uterus. The signs of endometriosis include heavy and painful menstruation and pelvic pain. Approximately 50% women with endometriosis have difficulties getting pregnant.
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