Falling pregnant is something that is taken granted by many women. After all, women having been conceiving, carrying and delivering babies for generations and it is something a woman never really expects to experience any difficulties with. Added to the fact that many women may spend years trying to avoid falling pregnant in their younger years only to struggle when they decide that they do want to start a family, makes trouble conceiving all the harder to understand. Here are just 3 of the issues which may be preventing you from conceiving.
When our bodies are stressed, it affects us both physically and mentally. Stress affects the gland in the brain that controls the release of eggs from the ovaries and may cause you to release eggs intermittently, if at all. To increase your chances of success, avoid stress triggers if you can –try some relaxation or mindfulness techniques which can help you feel calmer or talk to someone who can help you tackle the issues that are making you feel this way.
Endometriosis is a painful disease of a woman’s reproductive system which causes cells from the lining of the womb to grow outside the uterus. This can result in blocked tubes which can prevent the insemination of a woman’s eggs or even prevent a fertilised egg travelling to the womb for implantation. Symptoms of this disease include heavy periods, cramping and discomfort during intercourse. If you suspect that you may be suffering from endometriosis, you should visit your doctor and discuss the treatments available to you.
Being overweight can affect your chances of conceiving and this well documented. However, being underweight can also reduce the likelihood of you falling pregnant also. This is because both conditions affect the body’s production of hormones necessary to create the right environment for pregnancy. Embarking on a good diet and a gentle exercise regime (or reducing exercise levels in some cases) can help you achieve a more healthy body weight and increase your chances of conception.
Your age is also a deciding factor in whether you will have issues with conceiving or not. As a woman ages, her store of eggs available for fertilisation deplete. Generally speaking, by the time a woman has reached the age of 40, her fertility levels have dropped by half. If this issue is affecting you, you could consider IVF with egg donation which involves the fertilisation of a donor egg which is then implanted into your womb. For more information on the topic of IVF with egg donation, visit http://www.eggdonationfriends.com/
Issues with sperm
In a small percentage of cases, the reason behind not conceiving lies in a low sperm count or low sperm motility and there are tests which your partner can have which can identify these issues. If either or both are identified, don’t lose hope – through IVF or artificial insemination, you can still achieve the goal of conceiving your baby.
In your efforts to conceive, it’s important to get as much information as possible, look at all possibilities and, most importantly, explore all your options.