Infertility is a condition defined as not being able to become pregnant after at least one year of unprotected, regular, well-timed intercourse. Women who suffer from multiple miscarriages may also be diagnosed as infertile. Infertility may be classified into two groups, primary and secondary infertility.
Primary infertility means that you and partner have never had a child. Secondary infertility means that the infertile person has had one or more children in the past, but a medical, emotional or physical condition is now hampering fertility.
Many women may be infertile during their reproductive years but be completely unaware of this. Factors such as age, lifestyle and physical condition contribute considerably to fertility problems.
Your chance of getting pregnant is only, on average, one percent, on any given occasion! However, this varies from woman to woman with some falling pregnant more easily than others. It also varies according to when sex takes place in the woman’s menstrual cycle.
Some times of the month are more favorable to conception than others. Statistically speaking, it has been estimated that approximately one in seven couples in the United States are infertile. Conception can be quite confusing to understand.
In order to become pregnant, a woman must release an egg from one of her ovaries. This egg must enter the fallopian tube and head towards the uterus. The sperm must then penetrate and fertilize the egg along the way. The fertilized egg must attach to the inside of the uterus so that implantation can occur.
Any interference that occurs during this fertilization process may bring about infertility. The first step to detect whether you may be infertile is to track your ovulation. This may be done by recording changes in your morning body temperature (basal body temperature) for several months, recording the texture of your cervical mucus and making use of a home ovulation test kit.
Experiencing infertility is emotionally painful for women. Feelings of frustration, guilt, anger, anxiety, depression and confusion may dominate your daily life. For this reason, it is important that you together with your partner find ways to cope with the ups and downs of infertility.