Common Infertility Issues Explained

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Try not to become discouraged if you encounter fertility issues; today’s medical advancements have made huge strides in overcoming nearly all fertility problems.

Did you know that one in five couples encounter fertility issues when they try to conceive? Don’t be scared by those numbers; just be aware. Many couples successfully overcome fertility issues and have beautiful, healthy babies. Being informed of the types of infertility issues that are out there can help you relax and take it one day (or cycle) at a time.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

This syndrome can affect up to 10% of women who are of childbearing age and involves an overproduction of insulin, which causes a host of problems from weight gain to ovulation issues. While suffering from PCOS, women may have irregular periods or no periods at all, as well as no ovulation as the egg never properly matures. Treatment for PCOS includes administering shots of Gonadotropin as well as taking clomiphene.

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Luteal Phase Defect (LPD)

A woman’s Luteal Phase is the time of their cycle directly following ovulation up to the day before their next period begins. The average Luteal Phase is 14 days, although it can easily range from 10 to 16 days. Your luteal phase is the optimal time for getting pregnant, and those with a Luteal Phase Defect (LPD) have a luteal phase that is shorter than 10 days. The reason why this causes infertility is that it doesn’t give the fertilized egg enough time to embed in the uterine lining, and it also increases the chance of miscarriage. LPD can be treated with natural progesterone and vitamin B6. If this does not help then your doctor may prescribe progesterone and clomid.

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38 comments

  1. Desiree says:

    great article. learned some new things

  2. Shantell says:

    There were things in this article that I didn’t know.

  3. Cait says:

    I just don’t know when to worry. It’s been six months and we aren’t pregnant.

  4. Miranda says:

    Well I have already completed all the course, I retook two today to enter the sweepstakes but upon completing both of them did not get me into the sweepstakes:(

  5. Christina says:

    this course provides more then hope

  6. Alanna says:

    This course provides hope. I agree that patience is important.

  7. Jack says:

    Patience is key! If you’re trying and trying, getting frustrated, feeling like it’s never going to happen, just hang in there!

  8. joyce says:

    Me and my husband got pregnant after 4 years. We just left it in god’s hands.

  9. Marilyn says:

    It took us a year of trying to finally conceive this baby, our 5th pregnancy and 2 second child. My last miscarriage was in 2009. I am so happy that it did finally happen naturally. I can’t imagine the pain and struggles of getting treatment and still having trouble.

  10. Diana says:

    I have taken the course twice and do not receive my badge.

  11. Dario says:

    Why am I not getting my badge for this course?!

  12. marissaki says:

    Luckily or unluckily, we have the opposite problem! But it is great to have a more in-depth understanding of the issues surrounding infertility for both males and females.

  13. This is a great explanation of all the infertility issues.

  14. Amanda says:

    This is great info. My hubby and I have been ttc for six years. I have been diagnosed with pcos and have been on clomid for six months. I am still very hopeful but we have decided to also start the adoption process. I am excited for whatever the man upstairs has in store for us. 🙂

  15. My heart goes out to many people who aren’t as fortunate to reproduce as they would like to.

  16. Arden says:

    It always seems to me that the women who can reproduce like rabbits, are the ones that don’t want kids, take them for granted, or are just insanely selfish, while the couples that try and try and try for a baby don’t have very good luck. That’s sad 🙁

  17. can says:

    Don’t lose faith

  18. ChrisS says:

    Don’t lose hope. How about surrogate?

  19. Amanda says:

    I have a friend going through the same thing as you with PCOS and she just started doing acupuncture along with all her meds, she knew someone who did acupuncture along with Dr. guidelines and it worked for them!! Good Luck to yall!!

  20. My husband and I have been TTC for 3yrs now. I was diagnosed with PCOS back in January 2012. I have taken metformin like the dr. said. its heart breaking. All of our friends have kids but here we are with just eachother. I love him to pieces but we have been ready to start our family for some time time. I know there is hope, I’m just starting to lose faith.

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