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How Infertility Affects Both Men and Women

Posted Tuesday, April 28, 2009 9:51 PM

Infertility Effects On Men and WomenIt is hard for some people to realize that they can not start a family. Infertility affects one out of every six couples who are trying to get pregnant. Infertility is defined as the failure to conceive after having normal sexual relations without the use of birth control for one year. There are many reasons for a couples' infertility. Not all of the reasons are because of the woman. Men have problems as well.

The problems can be from an imbalance in hormones, the fallopian tubes being damaged or blocked, internal scarring, low sperm count or numerous other reason. Infertility does not come with symptoms. If you feel that you or your spouse is affected by infertility testing should be done on both of you. Once the test results come back then you can start to focus upon a solution.

The testing usually starts with simple blood work. The first thing all doctors look at when dealing with infertility problems is the hormones levels of the body. Blood tests are the least invasive and easiest way to do this. The lab will test both partners.

The woman's hormone testing is usually done around the third day of her menstruation cycle. This allows the specialist to determine some of the base lines for common hormones. They will also be able to tell from this base figure the high's and low's of the other hormones. The woman will need to be tested again right before ovulation. Measuring the second test results against the first can help to determine an infertility problem. The Luteinizing Hormone and the Follicle Stimulating Hormone are monitored closely. When there are high levels of the LH or FSH the quality of the eggs being produced can be lowered. High levels of estrogen can also affect the quality of the egg.

When the man is tested the lab also looks at the LH and FSH levels. If these numbers are high that means there could be a problem with testicular failure. In other words, the sperm count or quality is low. When a man's hormones are at abnormal levels there may be an issue of infertility.

Lifestyle issues can increase the risk of infertility. The use of drugs or alcohol can reduce sperm count in men. Sometimes the jobs men do expose them to certain toxins. These toxins can have an adverse affect on the sperm count.

For both the man and the woman certain health issues and medications can cause infertility issues. Of course, age is also a factor when testing for infertility. Both men and women have reductions in sperm and ovulation as they get older. It is the woman who usually goes through this stage earlier in life.

Everything is going to be looked at when you consult a specialist because of infertility. Diet, job, stress levels, and so many other things will be taken into consideration. The problem may not be as difficult to correct you may think.

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