Infertility Problem

Infertility is the inability to produce children. One type of infertility is male infertility, which is when a man cannot produce sperm. Infertility is a huge public health concern because 60-70% of all marriages involve children. Fertility treatments have advanced greatly in the past few decades, and assisted reproductive technology (ART) allows couples with infertility problems to have healthy pregnancies.

What is Infertility?

Every person has a natural cycle in him in which he is fertile. Fertility refers to the ability to produce children. There are two types of fertility; primary and secondary infertility. Primary infertility occurs when the woman does not ovulate or produce enough eggs for fertilization. Secondary infertility occurs when a woman does not conceive after trying for several years without success.

Some causes of primary and secondary infertility include:

Age, inadequate nutrition, medical conditions, environmental exposures and drug therapies. Fertility treatment involves surgically removing reproductive organs to help restore the patient's fertility, but this carries its own risks. From lifestyle choices to treatments, living a healthy lifestyle can help with infrequent but long-term fertility issues.

Lifestyle choices can change the environment in which sperm and eggs develop. Healthier environmental conditions increase the chances of fertilisation and conception. Thermal units increase chances of fertilisation by 37% and 42%, respectively. Some common environmental changes include: filtering water, avoiding chemicals and avoiding unhealthy or toxic foods and environments. Couples should seek out organic food if they can, as non-organic food often has harmful chemicals that affect reproduction. Additionally, they should avoid pesticides, herbicides and other industrial chemicals that affect reproduction.

A woman's age affects her ability to conceive naturally or by medical means. By age 35, only 12% of women are still fertile compared to 60% at age 45 and 75%. Women over 45 years old are less likely to respond well to fertility treatments than younger women. Fertility treatment includes surgically removing reproductive organs from women over age 35; this process is called menopause reversal surgery (MRS). Another option is using artificial hormones to reverse menopause symptoms such as decreased estrogen production in women over age 35. Unfortunately, there is no way to increase the natural fertility of an older woman; she will just have to accept lower rates of success compared to her younger counterparts.

ART refers to medical procedures used in assisting with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infertility in humans and animals. The most common ART procedures performed on humans include: intrauterine devices (IUDs) for preventing pregnancy among women unable to menstruate, hysteroscopy for removing blocked Fallopian tubes in females trying for pregnancy and laparoscopic tubal cannulation for women trying for pregnancy without a functioning uterus. ART can be used on both female and male patients with various degrees of success depending on the condition being treated. There are also tests that provide information about an individual's fertility levels so physicians can treat them appropriately based on their individual situation. ART can have amazing results; it has helped countless infertile couples become parents over the past few decades!

Living a healthy lifestyle increases your natural fertility. Increasing your natural fertility makes it easier to treat environmental or medical causes of infertility- allowing you these precious life beginnings you never had as a child yourself! Infertility is a challenge that everyone will face at some point in their life, so it's important to be prepared by researching effective treatments and healthy lifestyle choices.

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