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7 Surprising Facts You May Not Know about Infertility

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Never-ending costs, raging hormones, and disappointment, that is what almost every couple with infertility issues has to face with. Sadly, infertility affects between 80 to 100 million couples worldwide. Whether you’ve just started trying to conceive (TTC) or already had trouble with it, infertility is scary. The more you know about infertility, the better prepared you are to deal with it. So, here are 7 surprising facts you may not know about infertility.

Infertility is More Common than You Think 

An estimated 1 in 8 couples (or 12% of married women) experience trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy. While many couples believe they are alone, it is actually a very common issue. For couples experiencing infertility issues, there are many medical options available to assist and help deal with the emotional stress associated with not sustaining a pregnancy.

Infertility Does Not Only Affect Women

Although traditionally regarded as a female problem, malefactors affecting fertility are just as common. And, it’s often denied or neglected due to a variety of reasons. The reality, however, is that the female partner only accounts for these issues about one-third of cases. Infertility affects men and women equally, with the combination of both partners accounting for the remainder. Like all things in a relationship, getting pregnant is a joint effort. Also, the cause for difficulty trying to conceive can be attributed to either partner involved. There is never a need to place blame or feel guilt when such situations arise. Instead, it is best to work together to come up with a plan to overcome the obstacles in place. So, the goal of having a family can be accomplished.

The good news! Although sperm factors are often irreversible, it will be possible for most men to assist in conception via assisted reproductive technologies like IVF and ICSI!

Not Everyone Pursues Treatment 

It can be difficult to accept that you have a problem. On top of that, the financial costs that come with it can be out of reach as they may not be covered by health insurance. It is a common reason for why only 44% of women with infertility have sought medical assistance. However, of those who seek medical intervention, and only around 65% give birth.

Sometimes, It Just Takes Time

After a couple of months of trying to conceive, it is easy for many couples to get discouraged if they are not seeing any results. This is especially true for young couples who feel that their level of health should make it a breeze. After years of using contraceptive methods, it can be easy to become discouraged if results are not immediate. Particularly living in a world where we’ve grown accustomed to instant gratification.

The fact is that only 60% of couples are able to conceive after 6 months of trying without any medical assistance at all. Well, human body is still a mystery! And, there is a wide array of factors that contribute to fertility. A lack of ideal conditions in the early stages of trying does not mean that a couple won’t be able to conceive naturally without assistance.

Being Over 35 Does Not Equate With Infertility

Age is probably the most common reason most people think about when it comes to infertility. On top of that, as women age, there is a tendency to believe that women over 35 have less of an ability to become pregnant. Well, it does influence your chances of getting pregnant as well as the success of most fertility treatment programs.

However, while aging is a natural cause of infertility, the chances of that will actually affect your fertility is not that significant. Between the ages 30-40, 70 to 90 percent of women still have the ability to conceive. This is an assuring fact for women who may have found the right time to start a family later in life, as medical assistance may not be necessary regardless of their age.

Reasons for Infertility Can Remain Undiagnosed

In most cases, known factors contributing to infertility are detected and diagnosed through a range of tests. However, in roughly 30% of cases, due to the unavailability of tests to certain parts of the reproductive process, the reasons for infertility still remain undiagnosed. Almost all couples can finally have their babies after treatments. But, in some cases, the costs, unavailability of specific treatments, and skilled professionals may prevent appropriate interventions.

Stress Can Interfere with Fertility!

Whether it’s emotional or physical, stress can interfere with normal ovulation because the brain controls the process of ovulation. And, it can switch the reproductive system off if circumstances are deemed to be unfavorable for healthy reproduction. So, don’t overthink and stress yourself out too much! There is always a solution to every problem.

If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments!

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Things you should know about IUI

It is not always following our plan when it comes to trying to have a baby. Nowadays, a lot of couples are planning to have a baby but after years and years of trying, conception still does not happen. According to medical reports, one In eight couples is struggling to conceive. Today, as modern medical technology advances, there are different kinds of fertility treatments to help the struggling couple. In fact, a lot of couples have considered the intrauterine insemination (IUI) as it’s cheaper and less invasive than in vitro fertilization (IVF). So if you also are struggling and considering this treatment, here are things you should know about the IUI.

What is IUI?

This is an artificial insemination method that injects sperm directly into the uterus close to the fallopian tubes, where fertilization takes place. As a result, the sperm will be at the right place and at the right time which will help the chances of successful conception to increase. By skipping the trip through the vagina and the cervix, the sperm do not have to swim as much as usual, allowing them to reach their target egg on time. 

Who are the candidates

Intrauterine insemination is often for a couple who are struggling with unexplained infertility or the inability to conceive after long periods of trying. In some cases, couples with male fertility problems are also good candidates. The male partner’s sperm may not enough or deformed. Sometimes, IUI will be used when the cervical environment or cervical mucus is hostile to sperm, making it hard for them to swim. Same-sex couples or single women may also turn to this kind of insemination for help to start.

IUI is not recommended for women who have fallopian tube blockages or conditions, a history of pelvic infections, or significant endometriosis. Women over 40 years old are also should not attempt this kind of insemination.

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The Success Rate Of IUI

There are plenty of factors that will affect the success rate of Intrauterine insemination. Maternal age is one of the most important factors. The younger the mother, the higher the success rate when IUI is applied. Another important factor is the quality of sperm, eggs, and the presence of fallopian tube damage. Taking fertility medications before an IUI procedure can increase the success rate of conception.  Expert’s estimates on IUI success rate on are:

  • 8-10% success rate per cycle with IUI for male-factor infertility
  • 5% success rate per cycle with IUI for tubal infertility
  • 18-20% success rate per cycle with IUI for unexplained infertility

The chances may seem low but they will increase with each additional IUI cycle.

The price of IUI

The average cost of this treatment is  300$ – 1000$. While the actual insemination may only cost a few hundred dollars, the infertility treatments, drugs, and other services can add a couple of thousand dollars to the total price. Although it may not be cheap, it is still a whole lot less than what more invasive fertility treatments typically cost. A good number of insurance companies cover IUI. There may be some variables depending on your insurance company and coverage type. Some insurance policies may include limits on how many IUI cycles are covered or may cover IUI only if certain fertility drugs are used. If you are considering doing this procedure, you should make a call to your insurance companies for detailed information.

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Here you have the things you should know about the Intrauterine insemination. We hope that these tips will help you. We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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