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Infertility is generally defined as the inability for a couple to conceive after a year of trying. Or, it can also be defined as the inability for a woman to carry a baby to term—if, she has suffered repeated miscarriages, in other words. But for some reason, many people are reluctant to apply...

Five Import Infertility Questions

Posted Monday, November 17, 2008 9:51 PM

Five Basic Questions About InfertilityOne of the first things people want to know is what infertility actually is. When the reproductive system of a woman or man does not allow them to conceive this is considered infertility. The conception of a child is a wonderful thing. Yet when there is a problem with the reproductive system not allowing the embryo to grow to full term, this is also considered infertility.

There are many things which can cause infertility. There are problems which can stem from the man or the woman when dealing with infertility. There can be problems due to health issues. Certain childhood diseases could be the culprit for infertility. The main problem which occurs in men is a low sperm count. Another concern is the strength of the sperm. Weak sperm may not survive to reach the egg to fertilize it.

Women who suffer from infertility generally have problems with ovulation. As a matter of fact this is normally the only problem a woman has when it comes to infertility. Sometimes a woman has cysts which can block the fallopian tubes. Scar tissue can also be a reason for the fallopian tubes to be closed or blocked.

There is also the factor that both partners are under stress or living a lifestyle not conducive to conception. This can lead to infertility. Sometimes there is just no reason at all for the infertility. It is something which is rare but it can happen.

Diagnosing infertility is not hard to do. Once a couple has been having unprotected sex for one year and have failed to conceive, they can seek medical help. Testing can be done to determine what might be the cause of the infertility. There will be blood tests, urine tests, and a complete physical makeup of both partners. Doctors will look for physical problems as well as medical ones to determine the reason for the infertility.

Testing may be done to determine the woman's ovulation cycle. Her reproductive organs will be examined to determine there is no blockage. The man will have to subject to many tests himself. The goal is to diagnose the infertility.

What most couples find is that through the treatment of drugs many infertility problems generally clear up. There are simple solutions which will get the ovulation cycle of the woman back on track. The man will be counseled on how to increase his sperm count if it is low. Infertility is not hard to treat in most cases.

One of the last things a couple should know about infertility is that there are treatment programs in certain states which are covered under most insurance plans. There are some insurance companies which do not cover anything when it comes to infertility treatments. You would need to discuss with your insurance company which infertility treatment programs are covered and which ones are not. There are 14 states which have instituted state legislation making insurance companies cover infertility diagnosis. Check with your state and the insurance company to see what may be covered for you.

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