According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 10% of women in the United States between the ages of 15 and 44 have experienced infertility problems when trying to conceive or with staying pregnant. Most believe it to be closer to 15-20%.
Generally, infertility refers to not being able to conceive after having well-timed intercourse for a period of one year or six months (for women who are over 35 years of age). Additionally, being infertile can also refer to a woman’s inability to carry a baby to term. There are numerous biological causes that can be the reason for infertility and it should be noted that the problem affects both women and men.
What Causes Infertility
It is estimated that about 40% of problems with conception stem from problems with the female and about 40% stem from problems with the male. The remaining 20% tend to be due to biological problems with both partners or are simply unknown. With most cases of infertility in women, the problem pertains to ovulation. If ovulation doesn’t occur, there aren’t any eggs to be fertilized. Problems with ovulation are often caused by polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). PCOS occurs when there is a hormonal imbalance. (Here is a link to the #1 selling eBook about overcoming PCOS PCOD naturally using natural alternative health methods.) Another way to overcome cysts naturally is by using the Natural Progesterone Cream Shutdown method.
Another cause is primary ovarian insufficiency (POI). When the ovaries stop working properly before the age of 40, POI occurs. One of the signs that a woman is having ovulation problems is the occurrence of irregular periods. Other possible causes of female infertility include endometriosis, blocked fallopian tubes, and uterine fibroids.
Additionally, a woman’s body fat may also play a role when it comes to infertility. If the body mass index (BMI) is either too high or too low, problems with conception may occur. According to the National Infertility Association, Resolve, “body fat levels 10 to 15% below normal can completely shut down the reproduction process.”
When it comes to male infertility, the problem most often is caused by Varicocele. Varicocele happens when blood backs up in the veins on a man’s testicles and the scrotum is drained. This causes a lot of heat in the testicles, which can affect both the shape and number of sperm that are produced. While some men are born with problems that affect their sperm, other possible causes tend to develop later on in life and are due to illness or injury.
Whether or not the problem with conception is because of the male or female, it is important to realize that medical infertility intervention is not generally necessary. Today, there are a variety of natural fertility methods to be considered, including the taking of herbal supplements and other natural fertility products. For instance, strict vegetarians may experience fertility problems simply because they lack important nutrients like folic acid, iron, vitamin B-12, and zinc. For these individuals, simply supplementing their diets with what they lack may be the cure to their infertility problems.