First, you are not the only one who is unable to conceive in a light second, many couples face problems in conceiving, it isn’t as is depicted in the movies! Infertility is not something new; it dates back to the start of times, and is much more common than you think. Surrogacy has been experimented with ages back, and now with medical science being advanced as never before, there is a fair chance of getting a treatment for most of your infertility problems.
Well, if you are under 35, you could wait for an year before seeing a doctor to help you conceive. However, post 35, you must see your doctor after trying actively for about 4-6 months. Regular, pleasurable unprotected sex two to three times a week could be termed as active sex for conception. A doctor’s visit will also be fruitful if you have irregular periods, fibroids, endometriosis, any history of STDs, surgery on your reproductive parts, or condition of thyroid, diabetes, cancer, asthma, have been a patient of depression, or have had more than one abortion.
Nutrition plays a major role in getting pregnant. Being over or underweight is a huge concern, as this might cause the hormonal imbalances in the body. Ovulation problems are also common, generally resulting from irregular periods and absenteeism of periods, preventing a mature egg from developing in the ovaries. Sometimes, the cells from the lining of the uterus are found to be grown outside the uterine cavities, thus blocking the tubes. This could either prevent the sperm from fertilizing the egg, (since it is unable to reach the egg) or not allow the transportation of the fertilized egg to the fallopian tubes normally. Endometriosis has symptoms like menstrual cramping & pains, unusual pain during sex and heavy flow during periods. A female could also have blocked tubes, termed as tubal disease. A woman looses her eggs – both quantitatively and qualitatively, with age. Older women may not have great quality eggs and may need treatment.
Men also have infertility issues, most common being lifestyle factors. Smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, steroids, poor nutrition, being over or underweight, and treatments for some chronic illness affects men fertility. Some men might have the problem of blockages, wherein the sperm does not get released into the ejaculatory fluid to flow into the vagina. This condition can be repaired by surgery. Poor sperm quality or no sperm is also a deterrent to getting pregnant, as you cannot fertilize your partner’s egg in this condition. This can be helped by fertility drugs prescribed by a fertility expert.
Stress is a major deterrent; it generates a chain cycle by causing a rise in hormones, inducing irregular periods, playing with thyroid conditions, and generally making you feel low and depressed. Men face the same pressures of parenting as women, and this also leads to increase in stress levels, which again is a roadblock to pregnancy.
Be proactive, consult your doctor regularly, lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle and stay at an arm’s length from stress. Medical science has progressed a lot, and there could be many options for you to experience the delight and bliss of being a parent.