From understanding the causes and undergoing treatment to navigating loss, many couples grapple with the roller coaster of emotions that come along with infertility. While in the early stages this can take quite a toll and even be pretty scary, it doesn’t have to be faced alone and there are options in place.
While at first, a delay in getting pregnant may seem to stop a couple’s world, it is important to understand the facts about infertility and how they may relate to you specifically:
1. Infertility is more common than you think
An estimated 1 in 8 couples (or 12% of married women) experience trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy. While many couples believe they are alone, it is actually a very common issue that can happen for a number of reasons.
For couples experiencing infertility issues, there are many medical options available to assist in addition to support systems available to help deal with the emotional stress associated with not sustaining a pregnancy. Couples who deal with these obstacles are encouraged to pursue these options.
2. Infertility does not only affect women
Many times, it is easy for a woman to blame herself in the early stages of dealing with infertility. The reality, however, is that the female partner only accounts for these issues about one-third of cases. Infertility affects men and women equally, with the combination of both partners accounting for the remainder.
Like all things in a relationship, getting pregnant is a joint effort and the cause for difficulty trying to conceive can be attributed to either partner involved. There is never a need to place blame or feel guilt when such situations arise. Instead, it is best to work together to come up with a plan to overcome the obstacles in place so that the goal of having a family can be accomplished.
3. Not everyone pursues treatment
It can be difficult to come to terms that there may a problem and the financial costs of fertility treatment can see out of reach as they may not be covered by health insurance. These are common reasons as to why only 44% of women with infertility have sought medical assistance. However, of those who seek medical intervention, approximately 65% give birth.
4. Sometimes, it just takes time
After a couple of months of trying to conceive, it is easy for many couples to get discouraged if they are not seeing the desired results. This is especially true for young couples who feel that their level of health should make it a breeze. After years of using contraceptive methods, it can be easy to become discouraged if results are not immediate. Particularly living in a world where we’ve grown accustomed to instant gratification.
The fact is that only 60% of couples are able to conceive after 6 months of trying without any medical assistance at all. It is well known that the human body can be a mystery and that there are a wide array of factors that contribute to fertility. A lack of ideal conditions in the early stages of trying does not mean that a couple won’t be able to conceive naturally without assistance.
5. Being over 35 does not equate to infertility
As women age, there is a tendency to believe that women over 35 have less of an ability to become pregnant. While aging is a natural cause of infertility, the age when this begins is not as widely known.
Between 35-40, 70-90% of women still have the ability to conceive. This is an assuring fact for women who may have found the right time to start a family later in life, as medical assistance may not be necessary regardless of their age.
When to Seek Help
When it comes to getting pregnant, there is no need to panic in the early months of trying to conceive, but the more proactive you can be in seeking treatment, the better your chances of success.
If you are under the age of 35 and have been trying to conceive for more than a year or if you are over the age of 35 and have been trying for more than 6 months, you should consider consulting with a fertility specialist.
Additional reasons to see a fertility specialist include having had two or more miscarriages, absence of a menstrual cycle, difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection, diagnosis of endometriosis or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a family history or previous diagnosis of premature menopause, or a recent diagnosis of cancer.
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