If you and your partner are trying to get pregnant, but so far it just is not working, there are a number of things that you should take into consideration. Here, we will take a close examination of some of the reasons that may be affecting why you are having troubles getting pregnant. There are a number of different problems which may cause infertility among women, as well as men that you should be aware of.
One of the leading causes of infertility among women is endometriosis, which is known to affect between 25 and 35 percent of women who have fertility problems. Endometriosis is when your endometrium, which is supposed to line your uterus, grows outside the uterus. The endometrium is the part of the uterus which bleeds during menstrual cycles. Normally, the lining is expelled every month at this time. However, if it flows backward into your abdominal cavity and implants itself there, you may be at risk for developing endometriosis. Some women who have endometriosis have absolutely no symptoms, while others may have severe symptoms. The most common symptoms include painful menstrual cramps, pain during sexual intercourse, pelvic or lower back pain (especially before or during menstruation), painful or frequent urination, and a change in bowel movements during menstruation.
If you are a woman who has a condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome, chances are that you very well may have fertility issues. This condition occurs when there is an abnormal hormonal balance in the body which can lead to a number of factors- including infertility, excessive growths of hair, acne, diabetes, heat disease, abnormal uterine bleeding, obesity, and cancer.
While these are the leading causes of infertility among women, there are also other causes. Uterine fibroids- which are tumors that grow from muscle tissue in the uterus- are also a common cause of infertility, for example. Pelvic inflammatory disease, blocked fallopian tubes that are caused from previous infections or surgeries, and sexually transmitted diseases (including chlamydia and gonorrhea) all may be to blame.
If you are more than twenty five percent underweight or overweight, this could be why you are having a difficult time getting pregnant. You may also be having troubles getting pregnant if you have an irregular menstrual cycle or any chronic illnesses- such as diabetes, thyroid disease, or cancer. Smoking may also decrease your risk of getting pregnant.
If you had an infection with the mumps virus after puberty, this could be why you are have fertility issues. Another cause may be if you have an undescended testicle, which is when the testicle has remained in the abdomen or groin instead of moving down a tube into the scrotum.
Testicular tumors, cysts or cancer may be the causes of your infertility issues. Other common factors include chronic illnesses such as diabetes or thyroid disease, using a hot tub or sauna regularly, smoking tobacco or marijuana, taking steroids and going on long biking rides may also be having an affect on why you and your partner are having trouble conceiving.
What to do:
If you have been trying to conceive for a year and have had no success, it is important for both you and your partner to visit a primary care physician or gynecologist. Your doctor may be able to give you some tips and pointers as to why you have been having problems conceiving. You might be recommended to time your ovulation and plan to get pregnant during this time, if you have not already done so. However, you should also keep in mind that you should not overstress this- as it is the reason that may couples have a hard time conceiving!
Your doctor or gynecologist may also refer you to a fertility specialist in the area, who can run a complete test on you and your partner to determine who, if either of you, has an infertility problem. Depending on what the reason that you are having infertility issues is, chances are that there may be a way to "battle" your problem. Your fertility specialist will let you know if there is any type of treatment or way around the infertility problems that are linked with your problem.
What if I have no problem?
One of the main reasons that you may be having difficulty getting pregnant if neither you nor your partner has an infertility problem is psychological reasons. If you or your partner has feelings of resentment or insecurity (such as the ability to sexually perform well enough for your partner), this may be the reason that you are having troubles conceiving. You and your partner may require counseling in order to help change this.