Trouble Getting Pregnant
Let’s learn a little about the basics of getting pregnant to get a clear understanding of the steps along the way, that must take place successfully, in order for pregnancy to occur.
First, an egg erupts from the follicle, also known as ovulation. After the egg leaves the follicle, it develops into a ductless gland within the ovary following ovulation. This gland or corpus luteum then releases a hormone that thickens the uterus lining in preparation for the egg’s arrival. The egg travels to the fallopian tube where it stays for 24 hours, waiting for a single sperm to come and fertilize it.
If a sperm does not fertilize the egg, it moves into the uterus and disintegrates. Your body will then shed the thick lining of your uterus, which is also referred to as menstruation or having your period.
If the egg is fertilized, it means that one sperm has made its way into the fallopian tube and burrowed into the egg (yeah!). The egg changes so that none of the other sperm may enter (talk about survival of the fittest).
Now the fertilized egg stays in the fallopian tube for 3-4 days as it continues to divide rapidly into many cells. It moves through the tube to the uterus where it must successfully attach to the lining of the uterus, also known as implantation.
The lining of the uterus prepares itself by thickening, and the cervix is sealed by a plug of mucus that stays in place until the baby is born.
This seems easy enough, but there are a number of things that have to go right in order for pregnancy to occur. In fact, there is only a 20-25% chance every month of Getting Pregnant, and that is under the best of circumstances.
Top Medical Reasons You Are Not Getting Pregnant: Ovulation, Sperm, and Fallopian Tube problems. Nearly 80% of couples fail to conceive due to one of these types of problems.
Ovulation problems may include anovulation (absence of ovulation), improper hormone levels, decreased ovulation due to age (over 35), and low egg quality.
Sperm problems may include oligospermia (not enough sperm), increased semen viscosity, decreased sperm motility (# of sperm swimming), and sperm morphology (shape of sperm).
Fallopian Tube problems may include tubal disease, endometriosis, adhesions, uterine fibroids, and tubal obstructions.
Of course, infertility testing will help determine if a medical condition is the cause of you being unable to Getting Pregnantt. On average, 15% of couples have “unexplained fertility” upon an initial evaluation and may require further testing to get more answers.
Looking beyond the medical conditions that may be contributing to why you are not Getting Pregnant, let’s look at some other factors such as frequency of sex, weight, and lifestyle.
Obviously, there is a need to have frequent intercourse. We need the sperm to meet up with the egg so that fertilization can occur. It is recommended that couples trying to have a baby should have sex two to three times per week, every week. This is especially true during the 5-6 days of ovulation or as we call it the “fertility window”.
There is no direct link between being able to Getting Pregnant and obesity, but we do know that certain health issues come with being overweight as well as being underweight. Both extremes can negatively affect fertility.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet filled with more vegetables, fruits, fiber, soy, and whole grains will help keep you in good physical condition. Also, try to eat less red meat, saturated and trans- fats, refined sugar and carbohydrates, and consume less high-fat dairy products and caffeine.
Engage in stress busters such as exercising, yoga, listening to music, gardening, reading, writing in a journal, and meditation. High levels of stress can throw your hormones out of whack and can lead to erectile dysfunction in men and irregular periods in women.
You also need to consider your lifestyle choices including your levels of consumption for drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes. All of these in excess amounts may have an impact on why you are not Getting Pregnant. Infertility is defined as not being able to get pregnant after trying for a full year without success.
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