What is considered infertile?


You and your guy have been trying to make a baby now for months. So many it’s hard to remember how long. You think you are doing everything right, still no baby. At what point do you start to think infertility could be a problem and what exactly is infertility?

Infertility prevents conception

Infertility is a condition of the reproductive system, for either men or women, which prevents the conception of a child. In the United States approximately 6.1 million individuals experience it. Usually the diagnosis is given to couple who have been trying for one year to conceive and not had success.

Complicated process only with lots of risk

The more we find out about conception and pregnancy, the more complicated it becomes. It is a miraculous coordination of chemistry between two individuals. Once conception has occurred an infinite number of things must go right for an egg to implant and develop. Any number of things can go wrong along the way.
- The production of healthy sperm
- The production of healthy eggs
- Healthy, functioning fallopian tubes
- The sperm’s ability to penetrate and fertilize the egg
- The ability of the egg to implant
- The ability of the egg to grow and mature
- Woman’s hormones must be balanced throughout a pregnancy
- Woman’s general health must sustain a growing body
A miss in any one of these categories can lead to infertility or lost pregnancy.

Infertility unfairly focuses on the woman

In reality, only one-third of infertility cases are attributable to the woman. Another third goes to the man. The final third remains unknown or can be attributed to both partners.

Male infertility

Perhaps because relatively little is required of a man in the pregnancy process, the man escapes scrutiny. But in truth, there are many things that can go wrong with sperm, including not having any, a condition known as azoospermia or oligospermia if there are just a few. Sometimes sperm are malformed and can’t swim to the egg. The tail can be too short to function properly or the shape is not effective for moving rapidly.

Source: American Pregnancy


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