For both and women, infertility can be a scary journey. Infertility can be a scary journey. Often couples come to me with a series of questions about infertility but the most common one is “whom does infertility affect most”?
So, here’s a detailed explanation every couple must know.
First, let’s discuss how is Infertility Defined?
Infertility is typically defined as the inability to conceive after one year of having regular, unprotected sex if the female partner is < 35 years of age, or after 6 months if ≥ 35 years of age.
• You and your partner have the highest chance of conceiving in the first 3 – 6 months of trying to get pregnant.
• For young couples in good health, the chance of conception is between 20 – 37% during the first 3 months. The chance of success increases to 85% by one year (the majority of which will conceive within the first 6 months of trying) and 95% after two years of trying.
• The highest likelihood of conceiving in any given cycle is 15-20% which is actually much lower than most people think!
And just in case you’re curious, cycle fecundability is the probability that a menstrual cycle will result in a pregnancy. On the other hand, fecundity is the probability that a cycle will result in live birth. The concept of fecundability and fecundity sounds a little strange at first which is why we thought you might like to know.
Who Struggles with Infertility?
Anyone can struggle with fertility problems, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, race, or sexual orientation.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 10% of women under the age of 44 have trouble conceiving or staying pregnant. In other words, 6.7 million couples in the United States face some difficulty when trying to conceive. And when we look at data from across the world, about 48.5 million couples experience infertility.
Now we probably don’t have to remind our female followers, but it’s incredibly important to remember that infertility affects men about as often as it affects women. In fact, one-third of fertility issues are due to the man (i.e., male factor infertility)!
•⅓ of infertility cases are due to ovulatory dysfunction
•⅓ of infertility cases are due to decreased sperm counts
•⅓ of infertility cases are completely unknown (unexplained infertility)
Beyond this, the majority of the remaining causes of infertility are due to factors that impact fallopian tube function or endometriosis.
Regardless of which party is struggling with reproductive problems, know that you are not alone. Several sources show that 1 out of every 8 couples trying to conceive experience some infertility issues along the way.
Stay tuned to my next blog where I will discuss what the major fertility causes issues and the natural as well as modern ways to overcome it.
As a couple trying to conceive, if you want to understand your fertility problems, come visit MHRT in Banjara Hills.