For all of human history, womanhood has been equated with the ability to give birth. It is the one thing that women can do that men cannot. Unfortunately, not all women are able to fulfill this role. In fact, roughly 1 in every 6 couples are unable to conceive, and it is estimated that 10% of the entire female population suffers from some form of infertility.
The issue of infertility has always been faced with fear and dread. Many who suffer choose to hide this problem behind closed doors rather than admit to themselves or others. What many fail to realize is that it is simply a medical issue, and as such, should be dealt with accordingly.
The best way to escape the stigma of infertility is to understand it’s different causes and realize that it can affect any one of us. The reasons for female infertility are many and varied, so we have done our best to try to breakdown these components to help you better understand the root causes of this universal problem.
1. Problems with Ovulation
Ovulation problems are the most prevalent cause of infertility for women. As our biology professors have taught us, ovulation is the process wherein a mature egg is released from the ovary to be fertilized. In the absence of a healthy egg cell, it is impossible to conceive. The inability of the body to properly ovulate is triggered by a number of factors, including polycystic ovarian syndrome, which causes a hormonal imbalance which disrupts the natural ovulation process, and ovarian insufficiency disorder, in which the ovaries fail to function properly.
2. Blocked Fallopian Tubes
As mature eggs pass through the fallopian tube, any blockage in this area can prevent the eggs from reaching their destination. Fallopian tube blockage can happen for a number of reasons ranging from a pelvic inflammatory disease to endometriosis.
3. Uterine Disorders
Unnecessary growths in the uterus or along the uterine walls can also prevent women from being able to conceive. While these tumors are often benign, it is still best to immediately seek professional help to accurately identify the source of your uterine problem.
4. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
PID, or pelvic inflammatory disease, is commonly triggered by bacterial infections along the walls of reproductive organs or intestines situated along the pelvic area. These unwanted infections may occur when one contracts a sexually transmitted disease such as chlamydia or gonorrhea. Other factors that can lead to PID include pelvic tuberculosis, a ruptured appendix, and undergoing an abortion.
5. Premature Ovarian Failure
Women suffering from this disorder go through menopause before they even hit their 40s. It is typically characterized by irregular menstrual cycles, as the body’s follicle-stimulating hormones are increased, triggering early menopause. Premature ovarian failure is often a direct result of genetic, autoimmune, adrenal, pituitary, or thyroid disorders.
There is nothing easy about battling infertility. The sooner you face the problem and the earlier you get treatment, the odds for conception and motherhood increase greatly.