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Fertility Problems

on Feb 06, 2012

by Dr. Karen Leham, MD

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Fertility Problems

With 1 out of 7 couples experiencing infertility, you are not alone. Find out some of the most common fertility problems experienced today.

Not everyone can get pregnant quickly and easily. In fact, an average of one in seven couples will experience infertility at some point in their lives. Fertility is not something to be taken for granted, as it is not a given for every couple. There are many different problems that can affect a couple’s fertility. Today we are going to discuss a few of the most common fertility problems so that you will be familiar with them. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

PCOS

PCOS, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, is one of the most common causes of infertility in women. It is a hormonal imbalance problem that causes a woman to stop ovulating all together, or ovulate irregularly. PCOS can also cause many different irritating and uncomfortable symptoms. However, PCOS is usually very easily treated. Normal ovulation can even be restored with exercise, diet and weight loss.

Sperm problems

When the fertility problem is determined to be a problem with a man’s sperm, there are several different things that can be the problem. One of the most common problems is low sperm count. That simply means that there are not very many viable sperm, and that it is making it harder for a woman to get pregnant. Sperm quality is also a very common fertility problem, when there are not many viable sperm available. Sperm motility can also be a common fertility problem. Sperm motility refers to when the sperm have a hard time travelling to the uterus.

Ovulation problems

Ovulation problems are the most common cause of infertility. Ovulation problems can be caused by many different things. When a woman is not ovulating, there are no eggs to be fertilized, and getting pregnant is impossible. Ovulation problems are usually very treatable, and up to 80 percent of women begin ovulating after beginning some sort of treatment.

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is when tissue grows outside of your uterus. This condition is very common and can cause a lot of painful side effects and issues in patients with the condition. Some doctors estimate that up to 18 percent of women suffer from endometriosis, but it can be hard to tell, since there are usually no symptoms. Most women do not even know they have it until they experience problems getting pregnant. Endometriosis is often very treatable, however.

These are just a few of the most common fertility problems. There are many other issues that can cause fertility problems. If you think that you might be suffering from a fertility problem of your own, you should seek the help and advice of a trusted doctor.

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Dr. Karen Leham is double board-certified in Obstretics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocronology and Infertility. Dr. Leham completed her residency at Loyola University, followed by a fellowship at UCLA.

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  • jenn

    I have been pregnant three times and i only have one living child…Its easy for me to conceive bit the last two times they were not successful. i cant carry past the first trimester.. please help me.

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    • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

      If you tend to miscarry (early pregnancy loss) avoid getting pregnant if you ovulate later than day 15 of your menstrual cycle. Late ovulation increases your chances to miscarry because endometrial lining is not optimal anymore to allow implantation.

      Late ovulation also results in a a higher risk of miscarriage, as the older egg may be defective, and the aging corpus luteum may not be able to produce enough progesterone, which is the hormone that prepares your uterus for pregnancy, and prevents you from getting your period.

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  • Lilian

    My husband and I been trying for 2 years and nothing has happen can you Help us

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