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There is no one definitive factor which causes infertility. According to the NHS, approximately one third of fertility problems are due to issues with the female, one third are down to problems with the male, and in up to 23% of circumstances doctors are unable to pinpoint a cause.
Infertility in women:
Ovulation is vital to pregnancy, and without the monthly release of an egg there will be nothing for the male sperm to combine with. Failure to ovulate for whatever reason, is one of the most common causes of infertility and can occur as a result of a number of conditions:
This is a condition that often inhibits the ovaries from producing an egg.
A women’s ovaries stop working before she reaches the age of 40.
An underactive or overactive thyroid gland can prevent the occurrence of ovulation.
Some women who suffer from long term chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cancer or kidney failure may not ovulate.
A hormonal disease that can stop the ovaries from releasing an egg.
Other possible causes of infertility in women include those listed below:
The fallopian tubes are essentially the pathway from the ovary to the womb, along which the egg travels whilst being fertilised along the way. When the egg reaches the end of its journey down the fallopian tubes, it is then implanted into the lining of the womb where it then grows and matures into a baby.
However, if either the fallopian tubes or the womb are damaged, or indeed if they stop working, it may then become very difficult to conceive.
Damage to the fallopian tubes or the womb can be caused by a number of factors. For example, pelvic surgery can sometimes scar the fallopian tubes, whilst cervical surgery can result in a shortening a the cervix (neck of the womb).
This is an infection which occurs in areas including the fallopian tubes, womb and ovaries and is usually caused by a sexually transmitted infection (STI). The disease can damage and scar the fallopian tubes, thus meaning the egg is unable to travel into the womb.
Endometriosis is a condition in which minute pieces of the womb lining begin to grow in other places, such as in the ovaries for example.
The growth of this sticky tissue or cysts can lead to blockages and mishaping of the pelvis and can also distort the way in which the follicle releases the egg.
For men, the most common cause of infertility is abnormal semen, accounting for 75% of all male infertility cases.
There are a number of explanations for abnormal male semen, some of which can be found listed below:
Some men have a very low number of sperm, or in some cases they have none at all.
This is where the sperm has difficulty making its way to the egg.
In some cases, sperm may be an abnormal shape which makes it difficult for them to swim to the egg and fertilise it.
The primary role of the testicles is to produce and store sperm, meaning that if they are damaged this can heavily impact the quality of semen. Damage can occur through infection, congenital defect, testicular cancer, injury, surgery, a lump in the testicles.
Ejaculation disorders When a man ejaculates or ‘comes’ during sex, the sperm then travels up the cervix to gain access to the main part of the uterus and into the fallopian tubes. However, problems with ejaculation often means that the sperm is unable to do this.
There are some other factors which may also cause the infertility:
Unfortunately age works against us if we are looking to conceive, and as we age our fertility begins to reduce.
Stress is a multi faceted aspect of conception. There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that stress does in fact have a direct impact upon fertility - limiting the production of sperm in men, whilst also affecting ovulation within females.
Being outside of a healthy weight range can seriously impact fertility. Women who are overweight or severely underweight for example, will often find that their ovulation is effected, or in some cases it may stop entirely.
What is the right time to seek help?
For most couples ‘How long will it take to fall pregnant is one of the first questions they ask when they begin to actively start trying for a baby.
Unfortunately there is no set answer to that question, nor is there a definite line after which infertility is declared. Some couples are extremely lucky and find that they conceive after trying for just a short period of time. Others however will find that the process takes far longer, often so long that anxiety, frustration and fear that it may never happen all begin to set in. If you have any concerns about falling pregnant, please visit the medical professional.