Newlyweds & Unexplained Infertility – Tips For Getting Pregnant
Newlyweds who are hoping to have children might be really frustrated when after a year of love making, their dream of starting their own family is more like a nightmare. Unexplained infertility is the culprit that has stolen their dream. They had been looking forward to a family life of joy and happiness, but the stress of not conceiving a child is weighing heavily on their minds.
The usual definition of infertility refers to the inability of a woman to conceive a child and to carry the child until the child is actually born. However, this definition does not include the shame, guilt and fear that the newlywed couple now shares. Nothing that the doctors can say will relieve the stress, depression and thoughts of inadequacy.
The more you understand about infertility the easier it will be to deal with such problems and to find a cure for it.
A successful pregnancy is the result of the fertilization of the woman’s egg or ova by the male’s sperm. Anything that stops this process, or interferes with this process, can result in infertility.
As much as men do not want to admit it, their female partner is not always to blame for infertility. The problem may be exclusively related to the man or to the woman, or to a combination of male and female issues.
Male infertility causes are usually related to the sperm. It is quite possible that a man does not produce any sperm or very few sperm. He may have been born with this condition or it may have developed due to an illness or injury.
Even if the man produces a large enough quantity of sperm it may not have the ability to penetrate into the egg. This is usually referred to as the sperm having a lack of motility. Motility refers to the sperm’s ability to spontaneously move and to be active. In other words, the sperm is not healthy and vital.
This a lack of sperm motility can be caused by everyday toxins in the environment, or by the use of alcohol or other drugs. Fortunately, fertility can be restored if these issues are dealt with.
For women infertility is usually related to ovulation problems. In other words, if the ova or eggs are not produced by the ovaries, they obviously cannot be fertilized. Common signs of having ovulation problems are not having any menstrual periods at all or having irregular periods.
A woman’s fertility is directly related to the proper balancing of her hormones. Although abnormal hormone levels may be the result of having a pituitary gland problem, it is more likely that diet, stress or even excessive athletic activity are affecting her hormonal balance.
Of course, as a woman ages there are many other gynecological factors that affect female fertility such as uterine fibroids, endometriosis and menopause. During menopause a woman eventually stops producing eggs and her monthly menstrual periods also end.
Another typical infertility cause concerning women are blocked fallopian tubes. These of fallopian tubes may be blocked on either or both ends, and the blockages prevent the ova or egg from moving through the tubes to the uterus. The blocked fallopian tubes can cause the creation of endometriosis or even an ectopic pregnancy.
Seeking Infertility Tests
Any woman who is less than 35 years old and is healthy should not be worried about infertility unless she has not been able to conceive for least one year. If you are 35 years old or older you should typically try to conceive for six months before considering infertility testing.
Worrying about infertility will only create anxiety and additional stress that will actually make the situation even worse.
When you consult with your doctor he will ask questions and make tests of both the man and the woman to determine the actual causes of your infertility. These questions will concern past medical histories as well as sexual histories.
For men, the tests involve the examination of the man’s semen. During this test the quantity of sperm, the shape of the sperm and it’s motility will be observed. In addition the man’s hormonal levels will be tested.
For women, the main test involves checking for proper ovulation. This is done by keeping a record of the woman’s body temperature during the morning, and by observing the texture of the woman’s cervical mucus.
Additionally, the woman’s doctor can check her hormone levels by using blood tests, and the ovaries can be observed by using ultrasound. If the woman is actually ovulating, then the doctor may perform additional tests to determine the woman’s role in resolving the infertility issues.
Oral medications are the simplest infertility treatments that your doctor can prescribe. More complicated treatments may be required such as:
- In Vitro fertilization (IVF) This means that the woman’s eggs are surgically
removed and the eggs are fertilized in a laboratory petri dish.
- Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) this procedure is performed if the man’s sperm count is low, if the motility of the sperm is poor, or if the sperm is miss-shaped.
One of the best shaped and most active of the sperm are used to fertilize one of the woman’s eggs. Actually, it is normal to fertilize several eggs in this fashion in order to ensure that at least one of the fertilized eggs is properly implanted in the woman’s womb.
In Vitro fertilization and Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection have been used countless times too successfully treat infertility.
Coping With Infertility
If you and your partner are having infertility problems, you already understand the anxiety and stress that this condition can cause. You should talk to your doctor about support groups that you may be able to join to deal with the stress and to prevent you from feeling alone are isolated.
Various studies have recommended that women attend support groups, because these women are much more likely to successfully conceive children than the women who have not joined such groups.