A small percentage of couples, who want to have children, are likely to be infertile.  Infertility is one of the causes of broken relationships because couples blame themselves as the reason for the inability to have children.  But who is to blame?  In this article, we will better understand infertility and the main reasons for being infertile.

What is Infertility?

Infertility is the inability to bear a child or sustain a pregnancy until childbirth.  They can be classified into two.  The primary infertility is defined as having no conceptions even after 1 year of unprotected coitus (sex).  On the other hand, secondary infertility is defined as having previous live births but the couple cannot currently conceive.

Factors Contributing to Infertility

Infertility can be caused by many factors.  The first factor affecting infertility is because of an abnormality in the reproductive system.  Most of the infertility factors for men are disturbances in the production of sperm cells, low sperm count, low sperm motility and obstruction in the tubules where the sperm passes.  Other men also encounter erectile dysfunction which also causes infertility.  Diseases known to cause infertility in men are cryptorchidism (undescended testes) and varicocele (varicosity of the spermatic vein).  Men whose work involves long hours of sitting and working in places with hot weather can also cause infertility.  Women, on the other hand, can have disturbances in the production of egg cells, obstruction in the fallopian tube such as pelvic inflammatory disease, uterine problems such as endometriosis, cervical problems and vaginal problems.

Some couples are very anxious when they cannot conceive a child.  They should be aware of the length of time they need in order to conceive.  Sometimes it would take at least 6 months to conceive to those couples who engage in sex for at least 4 times a week.  If couples perform coitus less frequently, they will only have a smaller chance of conceiving a child.

There is a myth that if couples engage in sex daily, there is a greater chance of early impregnation.  Couples who are so much engrossed in conceiving a baby may engage in sex daily, but this can lower the sperm count of the male partner, thus, giving less chance for early impregnation.

Another factor that contributes to infertility is the age factor.  Women with advanced age will have the difficulty in conceiving as compared to younger women.  Women who are taking contraceptive pills should take some time out at least 7 months before planning on getting pregnant.  Because it will take time to normalize the hormones of the body.

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