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National Infertility Awareness Week® is approaching fast. National Infertility Awareness Week® is a time to sensitize the world on the issue of infertility.
Infertility is a challenge affecting millions of people in the world, regardless of their race, religion, or ethnicity.
Despite the common misconception that infertility is an issue for women only, infertility is actually a problem that affects both males and females.
Infertility Is More Common Than You Think
Infertility is a tough subject to discuss openly. However, it is estimated that over 48.5 million couples worldwide experience complications when trying to start or expand their families.
Unfortunately, even though infertility is a fairly common problem, some couples may still feel uneasy about openly discussing their difficulties conceiving. This is an important reason to call attention to National Infertility Awareness Week®. It is important for both women and men to understand that they are not alone in their struggles.
It can be extremely taxing — both emotionally and physically — to deal with and accept challenges with infertility. Many individuals feel ashamed of their struggles, even though infertility can affect anyone, and ,most often, many complications are completely out of your control.
What Can You Do?
If you and your partner are having a hard time conceiving, the first step to consider (besides trying to remain stress-free and positive) is scheduling a fertility evaluation.
As infertility can be diagnosed in both men and women, both parties should consider being tested. A general rule of thumb is if the woman is under 35 years old and has been trying for one year, she should get tested, and for a woman 35 years old and above, if she has been trying for six months she should get tested.
What Situations Call for Evaluation?
Most people assume they are infertile because they cannot conceive and rule themselves out of further checkups.
Even if you are struggling to conceive, it doesn’t mean that there are no treatments that can help. Many women and men have found success conceiving naturally and through IVF following fertility treatments.
Future success starts with learning more about the root cause of your specific challenges.
You may consider getting tested if you experience:
Recurrent Loss of Pregnancies
Multiple miscarriages call for further evaluation to help identify the cause of the problem. Miscarriages can be caused by different factors, such as medical conditions or physical injuries.
The medical practitioners can help identify biological or pathological factors contributing to the problem.
Age can lead to low sperm count among men or reduced ovarian reserve among women, therefore leading to difficulty conceiving.
Older women or men trying to have a baby can experience challenges conceiving. In such circumstances, it is vital to go for an infertility evaluation.
What Is the Importance of Infertility Evaluation?
- It helps to identify the cause of infertility
- It gives you the peace of mind of knowing what the challenge is
- It is a proactive step towards starting your family