When it comes to infertility, finding the reason for it is the most important factor. Since both men and women can have issues that lead to infertility, we break down the MOST COMMON infertility issues in both men and women.
In women, the most common causes of infertility are:
- Anovulation – Most common in women with irregular periods. Essentially, this means there is a problem with ovulation where an egg does not mature, is not released, or cannot be implanted in the uterus.
- Tubal Issues – Blockages in the fallopian tubes that restrict the fertilized egg from making its way to the uterus for implantation. Clear fallopian tubes are essential for natural pregnancy to occur.
- Unhealthy Uterus – Sometimes structural defects in the uterus make it difficult for implantation to occur. Additionally, fibroid cysts, polyps, or adhesions may be the problem.
- Problems with Cervical Mucous – In order for sperm to survive in there must be adequate cervical mucous (increased by hormones during ovulation). This mucous also helps the sperm and egg to travel throughout the female reproductive organs.
- Endometriosis / Adhesions – This can be present in any of the reproductive organs. Most women are aware they have these problems, as they often require surgery or tremendous amounts of pain.
- Genetic Problems
In men, the most common causes of infertility are as follows:
- Genital Abnormalities – This may be with the penis, testicles or inner workings of the male genitalia. These can sometimes cause blockages in the seminal tract.
- Low Sperm Quality – This can indicate that the sperm do not move well, are not shaped properly, or are not ejaculated in high enough amounts.
- Varicocele – An enlargement of the certain veins and reduces sperm production.
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Genetic Problems
For both men and women with problems like these, there are treatments available. For very problematic cases, surgery is necessary and in some cases – can completely reverse infertility. Without underlying medical conditions or problems, most OBGYN’s will not send their patients to a fertility doctor until a couple has been trying to conceive for 6 months or more.
No matter what – KEEP HEART. Stay faithful! And always keep your heart and mind focused on your ultimate goal of conception.
Written By Stef, Mom of 4 @Momspirational
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