What is infertility?
Infertility means not being able to get pregnant after one year of trying (or six months if a woman is 35 or older). Women who can get pregnant but are unable to stay pregnant may also be infertile.
There are many reasons behind the rise. Some are related to changes in our society. A few decades ago, most women had their first child at about 21. Today, that age is closer to 26 or 27. Many couples are waiting longer to start their families – they may want to finish their educations first, or get established in their careers. When people delay having a family, the passing years may include more exposure to environmental toxins and sexually transmitted diseases. Also, the older partners are, the more likely they are to have health problems and to get treated for them.
- Physical incompetence in Women-
1. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
2. Hormonal Factors
4. STIs, other infections
5. Unhealthy body weight
6. Other unknown causes
- Physical incompetence in Men-
- Sperm transport disorder
- Pre-existing genetic conditions
- Hormone disorders
- Injury to the groin area
- Previous surgeries, such as hernia repair or vasectomy
- Previous infections, especially STDs, urinary tract infections or a severe mumps infection after puberty.
- Exposure to poisonous chemicals or radiation (most common in cancer survivors.)