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  • Female Infertility and Its Causes

    Female Infertility and Its Causes

    If a woman cannot get pregnant within a year of unprotected intercourse, she may have fertility problems. Female infertility may be caused by a number of different things, including:

    Ovulation disorders. This is the most common problem, which accounts for 30% of women’s infertility.
    Ovulation disorders can be caused by:
    Polycystic ovarian syndrome – a condition that makes it more difficult for the ovaries to produce and release a mature egg.
    Hormonal problems – hypothalamic-pituitary disorders that cause secondary ovarian hypofunction
    Premature ovarian failure – when ovaries stop producing eggs before the woman is 40.
    Fortunately, about 70% of such cases are successfully treated with medications, such as Clomiphene, which is an ovulatory stimulant known to induce ovulation.

    Fallopian tube damage. Fallopian tubes may become blocked or damaged due to pelvic inflammatory disease, pelvic tuberculosis, pelvic or cervical surgery.

    Endometriosis. A condition when endometrium or the womb lining starts growing into other locations, such as ovaries. These extra tissue growths can obstruct the tube and keep the egg from becoming implanted into the womb. It can also interfere with the way the follicle matures and releases an egg.

    Uterine causes. Polyps and fibroids – non-cancerous tumors that grow in or around the womb – may block the fallopian tubes and prevent an embryo from implanting itself into the womb.

    Cervical causes. Cervical stenosis or narrowing caused by inherited cervix malformation or damage, as well as cervical mucus defect, may prevent the sperm from travel through the cervix to the uterus. These problems can be solved with intrauterine inseminations.

    Medicines. Such drugs as NSAIDs, neuroleptics and some antiemetic drugs can sometimes affect fertility and cause missed periods. Fertility typically recovers in several months after the discontinuation of drugs. On the other hand, chemotherapy drugs can cause ovarian failure that can be permanent.

    Age. Female infertility is also linked to age. Decrease in fertility begins in mid-thirties making it more difficult to conceive for women around 38-40 years of age.

    Unexplained infertility. Strange though it may seem, for 25% of couples the cause of infertility cannot be identified. Probably the underlying reason is a combination of several minor factors in both partners. However, the problem can solve itself with time.

    Resources:
    http://www.mayoclinic*****/diseases-c...s/con-20033618
    http://www.ok-pharmacy.com/blog/10-c...e-infertility/
    http://www.babycenter.com/0_common-c...men_1228906.bc

    Sonia is a freelance writer and blogger who specializes in health-related issues. Her main goal is to raise awareness about various diseases and their treatment. To view more of her work, follow the Ok-Pharm Health Blog she manages, on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

    • sarah jones
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      Hey, I found this article very relative and the comments even more so.While there could be many reasons for infertility in women, 1/4 such cases may not diagnose the real causes and reasons for inability to conceive or carry on a pregnancy. I've seen medically declared infertile women get pregnant after about 10 years of trying to get pregnant, But such miracles do not happen for everyone.
      It always breaks my heart to see impotent couples doing the best they to get a baby. Though I do agree with the alternative rody mentioned above but I personally think cloning is a little far fetched of an option for regular or common couples. Its a very expensive procedure and most people cannot afford it, also its an option that would be dismissed by people with religious inclinations for it is thought of as "ungodly".

    • NutritionBalance
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      NutritionBalance commented
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      Hello,
      I'm new to womens-forum but the blogs & information provided are really helpful.

    • remediesexchange
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      remediesexchange commented
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      Really a nice post
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