Some time or the other, in our lives, most of us have asked this question! Luckily most of us get the answer in couple of months. However, for some this may take longer and achieving parenthood can be emotional and frustrating journey. In today life style, where work related stress is increasing and affection in relation is reducing, it is difficult for most of us to make work-life balance, which in term leading to more and more infertility issues. And it is obvious that this is one question that keeps bothering many of us!!
If you have been trying to get pregnant for a while and still unsuccessful, you may be wondering Am I Infertile..??? Infertility refers to inability to conceive after having regular unprotected intercourse for one year. In case you are above 35 years, then 6 months of trying would be enough before you seek fertility specialist. Studies indicate that slightly over half of all cases of infertility are as a result of female conditions, while the rest are caused by either sperm disorders or unidentified factors. So what are general factors to consider for infertility issues??
Age A woman fertility starts to drop at around 32 years old and continues doing so. In case of a male, decline is seen after 40 years of age.
Smoking– Smoking significantly increases the risk of infertility in both men and women. And importantly, smoking may also undermine the effects of fertility treatment. Even when a woman gets pregnant, if she actively smokes, she has a much higher risk of miscarriage.
Alcohol consumption – A woman’s pregnancy can be seriously affected by any amount of alcohol consumption. Alcohol abuse may lower male fertility.
Being obese or overweight– It has been observed that infertility is more common in overweight couples.
Other factors like mental stress of getting pregnant or some underlying medical condition in either or both partners can be reason for infertility. In case you feel something is just not right, you can discuss it with close friends and at times you can get much help from various online support groups. Any sort of communication will help you to understand that you are not alone. People can guide and support you with their own stories!
As success of fertility related treatment is dependent on age of couple, especially female partner, it is advisable to seek medical assistance if you are still not successful even after trying for a year. Your fertility doctor will assist you in calculating the risk of infertility and subsequent treatment plan for you. Remember you are not alone and infertility is curable!!!