Infertility can be a silent illness that takes a lifetime but does not appear until the desire to have children arise. Here you can find some answers on this topic and natural recommendations for treatment.
1.What is infertility?
Infertility is the inability to conceive after a year of unprotected sex.In other words, inability to get pregnant.
2.How many couples are affected?
Infertility is affecting more couples and the longer the diagnosis, the harder it will be to get pregnant. Approximately nine out of ten couples of childbearing age who have regular sex get pregnant during the first year.
3.What are the causes of infertility?
They are social and medical, or mixed. Among the first is the delay in the search for offspring and the mismanagement of stress to which both men and women are subjected in daily life, all of which facilitates the appearance of diseases that hinder or prevent pregnancy. Among the general medical causes are extreme obesity, anorexia nervosa, thyroid disorders, acute diseases, drug and drug abuse, alcohol, and tobacco, infections, metabolic problems, and chemotherapy. A significant percentage is difficult to diagnose by the usual means.
4.Can Psychological factors be the cause of infertility?
The influence of emotional disturbances on reproduction is now well known. Stress associated with reproduction should be treated because it impairs the quality of life of the couple and facilitates the onset of illness.
5.Does age affect female infertility?
The physical and psychical maturity of the woman makes the perfect age for having children between the ages of twenty-five and thirty. But, today, couples decide to have children after these ages, due to the incorporation of women into the labor market. From the age of thirty-five, the female fertility decreases significantly and from 45, the possibility of pregnancy is exceptional.
6.Who is responsible for infertility, Women or Men?
It is said that 40% would be for male causes: alterations in the testicular field, obstruction of ducts, pathologies in the prostate, alterations in ejaculation or erection and alterations in the semen. Another 40% would be for female causes, such as early menopause, endometriosis, obstructions or lesions of the fallopian tubes, uterine and cervical abnormalities or ovulatory problems. It is also said that the remaining 20% would correspond to mixed or combined causes, in which both are responsible.
The solution of infertility always depends on both partners because whatever the problem, the collaboration of the two members is fundamental. Moreover, in more than 90% of the couples who have consulted us, we have seen that infertility depends on both men and women, due to alterations of little or medium intensity in each, but that, together, do prevent the fertility.
7.How can you know the days you ovulate?
The ovulation or fertile period of the woman occurs towards the middle of each cycle, on the fourteenth day of the assumption of a cycle of 28 days. It is found that 24 hours after ovulation there is a rise in basal temperature of 4 to 6 tenths. This sign is the basis of the method of control that allows you to know the days you ovulate but is not totally accurate, and there are variations in each person.
8.How often should you have sex to get pregnant?
The frequency depends on the desire of the couple. If it is very occasional, the possibility of achieving pregnancy is reduced proportionately. Once the ovum leaves the ovary it survives approximately 48 hours and it is only during this time that it can be fertilized by the spermatozoa, whose fertilizing power is a maximum of 72 hours. However, it is better not to be obsessed with ovulation control, because the anxiety for achieving gestation is counterproductive to it, and may even harm the relationship.
9.Until what age can men and women have children?
There is no age limit that prevents a couple from seeking fertility. It is a difficult question to establish because it depends on a lot on the situation of each couple, their health and fitness, and other things. In the case of women, the 50 years in the case of women would be a reasonable limit from which we do not advise the pregnancy. In man, there is no such problem because of age.
10.When should you consult for infertility problems?
After a year of regular sexual intercourse without any protection and without pregnancy, the existence of some alteration is suspected. The most important thing is to do the Syscan to the couple to detect the causes of infertility.
11.Are extreme treatments convenient from the start?
No, because most couples present simple problems that treated opportunely allow the total improvement and achieve pregnancy. Surgeries and instrumentations increase the possibility of obstruction, adhesion, and infection. They should only be done after all other possibilities have been exhausted.
12.What are the necessary tests on a first visit?
It is very simple: The spermogram, and a Syscan to man and woman.
13.Do the spermogram or Syscan have complications or side effects?
Both tests are completely safe, painless and devoid of adverse effects.
14.Does chemotherapy end fertility?
Yes, and in many cases irreversibly, although there have been situations in which once the treatment is finished a recovery occurs. But it is possible to keep eggs, sperm or embryos before starting chemo.
15.Is pregnancy possible when the woman has already entered menopause?
Yes, and many times naturally and without any treatment.
16.Are assisted reproductive techniques useful when the couple has undergone tubal ligations or vasectomy?
Yes, as these are not generally irreversible but additional problems must be ruled out prior to recanalization or other treatments to increase the likelihood of success. In the woman can also be made in vitro fertilization.
17.Are treatments expensive?
When the treatments are done in a timely manner and without extreme treatments, they are usually very economical and limited to diets, medications, and changes in lifestyle. The achievement of a pregnancy by a couple with fertility problems can cost between 800 and much more (60,000 euros for example if you resort to repeated techniques of assisted reproduction). And you have to remember that these treatments fail a lot, so the costs increase with each new procedure.
18.Does it take time to get pregnant by methods of assisted reproduction?
Many couples have undergone assisted reproduction without success. And many of such pregnancies end in abortion.
19.Do medicines and health insurance finance health care?
Usually not. But if they are obliged to finance the treatments of the diseases that are detected during the study of infertility, for example with the pathologies detected with the Syscan.
20.How common is infertility?
It is estimated that 10% of the population is affected by infertility. In addition, it is believed that between 2.1 million and 6.1 million Americans would be experiencing some kind of problems related to infertility. But because only half of the people with infertility problems are currently seeking professional help to address their problem, it is tough to pinpoint the exact number.
21.Can I be infertile if I have had children before?
Yes. Infertility problems can arise at any time. Having children earlier will not guarantee that you will be fertile in the future. In fact, there are more couples who suffer from secondary infertility (infertility problems experienced by couples who have already had one or more children), than from primary infertility (infertility problems experienced by couples who have never had children before). The fact that the man or the woman have already had children does not mean that they do not suffer from infertility.
22.Who is at greater risk of being infertile?
Those who smoke, who are overweight or obese, who use drugs and alcohol on a regular basis. Those with a medical history of sexually transmitted infections, those with endometriosis, those who are exposed to DES, those with problems with their fallopian tubes are at risk. Women who have undergone laparoscopy or other abdominal surgeries, women over the age of 39, and naturally men undergoing urologic surgeries or who already exceed high age limits are at greater risk of experiencing infertility problems.
23.Can I prevent infertility in any way?
Avoiding obesity, not using drugs, alcohol and cigarettes, eating a healthy, balanced and healthy diet, having a single sexual partner reduces the chances of infertility. However, many people will not be able to prevent or avoid having infertility problems and therefore, they must first find out what prevents fertility and then if they do the treatments.
24.How is infertility diagnosed?
Both the man and the woman being examined if they suspect they might have some type of infertility problem.It is advisable to visit a physician for a diagnosis.
25.Is infertility always treated with high complexity treatments?
Fortunately almost never extreme treatments are required but unfortunately that is the trend. A good simple treatment is sufficient if the diagnosis is made opportune. Occasionally some simple intervention is required, and very rarely extreme measures are indicated such as In Vitro Fertilization, Artificial Insemination, ICSI, Laparoscopy, etc. Between 85% and 90% of couples with fertility problems will be able to restore and improve their fertility through some simple therapy as long as the cause is diagnosed promptly, followed by the indicated treatment. Unfortunately, most couples with fertility problems are subjected to invasive procedures that further hamper fertility.
The sooner the Spermogram and Syscan are done, the greater the chances of achieving pregnancy, as the age increases, the chance of pregnancy is reduced.
Many couples are subjected to expensive infertility kits (In Vitro Fertilization, artificial insemination, intracytoplasmic sperm injection, clomiphene, laparoscopy, hysterosalpingography, and other hormonal treatments, correction of varicocele, etc.) without having previously diagnosed what causes infertility in them, leading to years of useless waiting that usually end up in adoption or resignation.
What is indicated is to first find out what prevents pregnancy and then if to correct it to achieve pregnancy. It is not prudent to wait too long because the age at which the woman is most fertile is from 25 to 34 years as we see in the graph that appears above.
Although a totally healthy woman at 35 would have excellent chances of achieving a normal pregnancy, these possibilities are reduced by diseases, although not serious, altogether if they reduce fertility to 50% by age 35, and are even reduced More as the age increases.
The chances of achieving normal pregnancy are greatly increased by correcting any abnormality reported in the Syscan, both male and female, however small, but affecting fertility. In addition, avoiding the interventions mentioned above improves the possibilities even more, as the negative consequences on the fertility of these interventions are avoided.
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In women it regulates the hormones, making a balance between estrogen and progesterone.
In men it activates the production and maturation of the spermatozoa, it improves the semen quality.
Zinc + Selenium
Zinc is vital in the formation of healthy spermatozoa, as well as their structural integrity (morphology) and their ability to swim efficiently (motility). The possibility of fertilizing an ovum is directly related to these functions. Because a mild or acute deficiency of zinc is very common in the general population, it is thought that supplemental zinc may help considerably.