What is Infertility?
Infertility, according to Women’s Health, is not being able to get pregnant within one year of trying, or within six months of trying in women over 35. Women unable to stay pregnant may also be considered infertile (Office of Women’s Health, 2018).
There are many factors to getting pregnant, as Women’s Health describes on their website:
-A woman’s body must release an egg from one of her ovaries (ovulation).
-The egg must go through a fallopian tube toward the uterus (womb).
-A man’s sperm must join with (fertilize) the egg along the way.
-The fertilized egg must attach to the inside of the uterus (implantation).
Infertility can happen if there are complications with any of these processes.
Nearly 12% of women in the United States between 15 to 44 years of age experience difficulty getting pregnant and carrying pregnancy to term (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, n.d.).
The percentages given above make up two types of infertility:
-Primary infertilityIs the inability to get or stay pregnant to term despite having unprotected sex for a year or longer.
-Secondary infertilityIs the inability to get or stay pregnant to term after the birth of one or more children.
Now let’s look at what causes female infertility…
Obstetrician and writer for EMedicineHealth, Jairo E Garcia, writes that the causes for infertility are varied but are primarily related to pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, environmental and occupational factors, inadequate diet and exercise, stress, toxic effects related to alcohol and smoking, and age (EMedicineHealth, 2017).
During this series of posts, we will be looking closely at some of these causes for infertility as well as discussing some simple, natural changes you can make to boost fertility and increase the likelihood of conceiving.