Infertility is diagnosed when conception hasn’t occurred after six months (women ages 35+) or one year (women less than 35) of unprotected intercourse. It’s also diagnosed when a woman has had more than one miscarriage. Did you know infertility is a reproductive disease that affects women and men equally?
Experts recommend seeking expert assistance conceiving if conception hasn’t occurred within these timeframes, or if you’ve had more than one miscarriage. As much as 90% of infertility problems can be resolved through medication or surgery; fewer than 3% of couples trying to conceive will need advanced reproductive technologies like in vitro fertilization (IVF).
- 1/3 of infertility is related to female factors
- 1/3 of infertility is related to both partners
- 1/3 of infertility is related to male factors
Act on these symptoms and problems
Some symptoms and health problems are associated with infertility. Forget the suggested timeframes for determining infertility and instead talk to your healthcare provider if any of the following apply to you and your partner.
- Painful, irregular or no menstrual periods
- Trouble determining ovulation with typical tracking methods (such as basal body temperature or ovulation detection kits)
- Diagnosed with endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease or a sexually transmitted infection
- Being underweight, overweight or obese—12% of all infertility is attributed to a woman being under or overweight/obese
- Had more than one miscarriage
- Regularly exercise heavily
- Drink heavily, smoke or use illegal drugs
- Have ever had radiation or chemotherapy
Boost Her Fertility
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet rich in vegetables, fruits and omega 3 fatty acids
- Get regular rest-at least seven to eight hours of good sleep nightly
- Exercise in moderation
- Kick any bad habits-avoid smoking, drinking or illegal drug use
- Manage stress through regular relaxation, yoga, mediation, deep breathing or similar activities
- Learn about your cycle-track ovulation and cycle lengths so that you learn if you’re ovulating and menstruating regularly