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Infertility In Women

July 31st, 2014 | by

Health experts assert that between 10 and 15 percent of couples in the U.S. struggle with infertility.  The general consensus is that about 33 percent of the time it is the female to blame, which can be heartbreaking and stressful for women to hear.  Many people don’t believe that men have infertility issues, but health experts state that about the same percent of men have infertility issues.  In some cases, doctors cannot determine whether it is the man or woman who is infertile.

If you are having trouble conceiving

If you and your partner have been trying to conceive for 6 months or more and have not been able to conceive, it is time to head to the doctor for fertility testing.  Infertility in women can be battled through testing and treatments, as plenty of women have had success in conceiving once they addressed the problem.

Head to your gynecologist for a discussion and see what kinds of testing they do.  Sometimes doctors will check to see if you are ovulating at all through a certain type of blood test.  There are also take home ovulation kits that will be helpful.  If your period is irregular, chances are that you are indeed ovulating but it is most likely irregular. Your gynecologist may also order an ultrasound to view your reproductive system.

Some causes of infertility in women

Hormones. If your hormones are out of whack, your ovulation could be irregular.  Ovulation is when your ovaries release an egg and it is that egg that the man’s sperm must get to and fertilize to conceive a baby. If your period is irregular or if you are not having a period, your ovulation will be difficult to predict.

Fallopian tube damage. The egg has to pass from the ovaries to the uterus via the fallopian tubes, so if there is a problem with the tubes, your egg may not make it to its destination. Certain conditions like endometriosis or a pelvic infection could lead to damage of the fallopian tubes.

Cervix issues.  Some women have cervix issues that may make it difficult for sperm to pass through.

Treatment

Your doctor may order a blood test to see if your hormone levels are adequate or check the lining of your uterus via an endometrial biopsy.  An ultrasound or laparoscopy can also be used to view the reproductive system closely.

Surgery. Sometimes treatment includes surgery, such as when there is a cyst or scar tissue needs to be removed. This can be done via laparoscopy. A hysteroscopy can also be performed, in which polyps and/or fibroid tumors can be removed via a hysteroscope.

Prescription drugs. Some women that struggle with problems ovulating may be prescribed drugs that help women to ovulate.  Sometimes women will release more than one egg when using such prescription drugs and may even end up pregnant with twins or triplets.

Intrauterine insemination. This treatment allows women to receive semen into the uterus when they ovulate. It is performed right in the office via a catheter that goes up through the cervix.

In vitro fertilization. This type of treatment is when an egg is fertilized by sperm in a culture dish and once it is fertilized, doctors place it into the uterus.

If you are a women and you are struggling with conception, make an appointment to see your doctor so that you can begin to get to the cause and treatment of your infertility. There are many couples who have experienced a glorious pregnancy and birth utilizing the various treatments for infertility and so can you.

 

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