For those who want to start a family, fertility issues can be a bucket of ice water on your plans. They don’t necessarily mean that you are infertile, but there are many conditions and considerations you need to be aware of when it comes to getting pregnant. Infertility, where a couple is incapable of having a child, is relatively common (at least, more common than many people consider).
Around 1 in 5 couples will have trouble getting pregnant, and there are a lot of reasons why. There are also a lot of options available to you, including assisted fertility treatments like ovulation induction, assisted insemination, in-vitro fertilization, and more.
1. Advanced Age
It doesn’t just become harder to get pregnant the older you get; it becomes more dangerous. Miscarriages increase in risk, as well as other issues that could mean carrying your baby to full term, becomes dangerous, if not always even possible. Always work with clinics and doctors so that you can monitor your fetus’ health and development every step of the way.
2. Drugs and Medication
There are many risks that can make it harder to get pregnant and cause a lot of stress to a fetus if you continue. Drugs and medication are two of the biggest risk factors, which is why many doctors will either not recommend you get pregnant if you desperately need your medication or will work to help you through your pregnancy unmedicated or at least find you alternatives to your medication that will not hurt your baby.
Other vices like alcohol, recreational drugs, and cigarettes can also seriously impact fertility.
3. Genetic Conditions
There are many conditions that will make it impossible or very difficult to carry a child to term. Endometriosis, for example, can make it very difficult, with 1 in 3 women with the condition experiencing issues. Other genetic conditions or developed conditions like this that affect the reproductive organs can cause fertility issues. Genetic conditions can also affect the fetus in the womb, and it is important to be aware of this before beginning to plan for a family. While a baby may inherit specific genes that can affect their traits, such as eye color and hair color, certain genes can also cause congenital anomalies.
Thanks to modern technology, we know exactly what is going on during a fetus’ development, and the heartbreaking truth is sometimes babies don’t survive. If continuing with the pregnancy can result in serious danger to the mother and the baby, you can consider terminating the pregnancy, even though it is one of the hardest decisions to make. Abortion clinics can help you emotionally and help you and your partner get pregnant again after the fact.
Being in good health is a must. If you are underweight, overweight, or malnourished, this can put a lot of stress on your body and cause it to miscarry your baby in a bid for survival. If you want to become pregnant, getting checked over by a doctor and improving your health is an essential step to avoid fertility problems.