Infertility is generally defined as twelve months of unprotected sexual intercourse with no resulting pregnancy. Unless a woman has a known medical reason that would affect her ability to become pregnant, or a man has an awareness of medical concerns as well, most people assume they will be able to conceive biological children. Often, couples spend years using various birth control methods in order to prevent a pregnancy.
Infertility Rates Are Rising
The infertility rate in most of the world is rising. This is due to a variety of reasons. One major cause is the fact that couples are marrying later in life and/or delaying having children. Completing college educations and focusing on career advancement is often a priority over beginning a family.
Many OBGYN’s state that a woman’s fertility begins decreasing after the age of 30; a man’s fertility begins decreasing after the age of 40. For many individuals, this decrease does not impede a pregnancy. However, for others, this decreased fertility may result in a diagnosis of primary or secondary infertility.
How to Deal With Unwanted Advice
It is not uncommon for family and friends to give unsolicited advice to childless couples trying to get pregnant such as, “Relax, you need to reduce your stress, chill-out, exercise, drink some wine, plan a babymoon, etc.” It may even be difficult for some women to go to baby showers or for couples to be around a lot of children especially during the holidays. If you know someone who is struggling with infertility, it may be best to just quietly listen with support and compassion.
Seek Professional Help
A regret for some infertility patients is that they spent years trying to get pregnant before seeking medical intervention. There are many good doctors who specialize in infertility treatment. Some problems can be diagnosed and treated rather quickly by these specialists. However, numerous treatment protocols and procedures may be needed. Sometimes an infertility diagnosis is “unexplained.” The bottom line is that time is of the essence when it comes to treating infertility. You may increase your odds of getting pregnant if you consult an infertility specialist sooner rather than later.