Female infertility is a heartbreaking problem for those whose hearts are set on becoming a Mother.
The criteria set for determining if a woman is infertile is if they have been trying to conceive for a year and have been unsuccessful.
There are many reasons physically why a woman cannot conceive. The most common are:
- PCOS: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Infections: Chlamydia, HSV2 (Genital Herpes), Mumps, Diabetes, Gonorrhoea.
- Fibroids in the Uterus
- Poor Nutrition: A diet mainly made up of takeaway foods, not enough fresh foods and home cooked meals.
- Antibodies to sperm: Mucous that can actually damage the sperm
- Excessive alcohol: Many women today drink to excess on a daily basis.
- Drug use: The side effects of even prescribed drugs can damage a woman’s chance of falling pregnant, not to mention the effects of recreational drugs.
- Ovarian Insufficiency: Not enough eggs are produced or are of poor quality.
- Endometritis: A very painful condition where the tissue of the uterus grows outside the organ and can involve the pelvis, fallopian tubes and the ovaries.
If women are intending to try to conceive, they should take stock of their daily habits and lifestyle. Make a diary of your week’s menu, check that you are eating the foods that will help make a strong child. Take note of your sleeping patterns, check that you are getting at least 7 to 8 hours sleep a night. That your body is strong and that you exercise at least 3 times a week.
To physically birth a child is not called “Labour” for nothing. It is hard work. Even the women having surgical births have a period of recuperation to go through and need to be strong while they are caring for a baby at the same time.
Take stock of your habits and health before trying to conceive.