Infertility is a condition that affects both men and women where you fail to become pregnant for one year or more of having frequent unprotected sexual intercourse. It affects about forty-eight million couples worldwide. Infertility can result from problems from one or both partners. Mina K. Sinacori, MD, MPH, FACOG, can help diagnose the affected partner for treatment. In females, infertility mainly results from the fallopian tube, uterus, ovaries, or endocrine system disorders. It commonly arises from sperm disorders, hormonal issues, and reproductive parts conditions in men. Most problems are treatable, but many myths and misconceptions about infertility can affect your decision-making. They include:
Infertility is only a woman’s fault
People assume infertility only affects women and relate it to womb issues. Infertility affects both genders. Research by the National Institute of Health shows that thirty-five percent of all infertility cases result from men’s problems and women also contribute thirty-five percent. Twenty percent arises from both partners, and the remaining ten percent of all patients have an unknown cause.
You are not infertile if you can ejaculate
Most people think sperm cannot cause infertility. In most cases, men will not show infertility signs. You can ejaculate, but your sperm may not be fit to fertilize an ovum. Low sperm count and poor sperm motility and shape can lead to infertility. Studies show that if you engage in physically demanding jobs or take specific medications, you can have a low sperm count. High blood pressure also deforms sperm shape.
Infertility is not treatable
Most infertility cases can be treated. When you have infertility, your doctor will first diagnose the cause to develop the best treatment technique. Main infertility treatment options include medications, hormone therapies, surgical procedures, or in-vitro fertilization. It only becomes challenging to treat your infertility if the cause is unknown. Only a few cases are not curable.
Prolonged usage of birth control pills can lead to infertility
Some women are worried that using birth control for long periods can lead to infertility. Most birth control measures involve hormone regulation, so there may be changes in your reproductive system. After you stop taking these pills, your ovulation can resume within weeks. Most women can conceive within a year after going off birth control. If you experience challenges getting pregnant, contact your doctor to determine if your previous birth control measure is the cause.
Women cannot conceive after thirty-five years
One of the common myths about infertility is that a woman cannot get pregnant after thirty-five years. The statistics used to support this myth are outdated and have no proof. Postponing your pregnancy in your late thirties will not lead to infertility. Scientists have proven that women between thirty-five and thirty-nine years get pregnant during the first year of trying. Do not assume your infertility to be related to your age but see your doctor for the correct diagnosis.
Do not allow society’s myths and misconceptions about infertility to stop you from seeking medical advice and treatment. Do not let infertility destroy your quality of life while many treatment options are available. Schedule an appointment at Memorial Women’s Specialists for infertility treatment to achieve your desire to have children.