by Krystal Murphy, M.D.
Twenty years ago, infertility was a very taboo subject. It was not something you discussed with your friends, and in some cases, even your family. Even today, infertility is a subject that many women do not discuss openly.
For many women, the ability to bear children is an important aspect of their roles as women. The majority of women want to be mothers.
Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive a child after one year of unprotected, timed intercourse. Infertility is much more common than one might think. In a survey of married women, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 1.5 million women in the United States are infertile (source: National Survey of Family Growth, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] 2006-2010).
Twenty-five percent of infertile couples have more than one reason contributing to infertility. There can be many reasons why a woman is unable to achieve pregnancy. Some of those reasons could include PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) or recurrent untreated pelvic infections. Certain physical problems can also attribute to infertility, including blocked fallopian tubes, an abnormally shaped uterus, uterine polyps or even a thickened endometrium (lining of the uterus).
Up to 15 percent of couples are infertile. In up to half of these couples, male infertility plays a role (source: Mayo Clinic). Male infertility can be caused by many things. Certain illnesses, injuries, chronic health problems and different lifestyle choices all can cause issues when attempting to conceive a child.
Infertility can be frustrating and stressful. When expert care and answers are needed, it is best to seek care from a gynecologist. Your doctor can help find the answers, provide comfort or recommend referrals.
If you are having difficulty conceiving a child, or if you have questions or concerns regarding infertility, call ProCare Women’s Clinic at 432-640-2491 and make your appointment today!