Infertility is defined as the inability of a female to conceive or a couple to bear a child after a year of consecutive sexual intercourse without using any birth control. Infertility is often the hardest issue faced by American people upon marriage. In fact, there are as many as six million couples in the United States who faced various kinds of infertility and seek treatment for them every year. The sad thing is that it can both apply to male and female. When the female is infertile, it is the age that largely matters.
The truth is at the threshold of 35, females gradually lose fertility. For males, though age does not necessarily matter, a defect in the reproductive organ can be a factor. Along with other complications and other gene related defects or heredity, both genders can be at higher risk. For instance, women at the age of 35 and above who also have pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) which is manifested through chronic pelvic pain and suspected appendicitis or endometriosis has a high risk of infertility while for men are those who have experienced testicular injuries or infection such as testicular torsion or testicular rupture.
There are three types of infertility. Primary infertility is experienced without a previous pregnancy; secondary infertility means infertility after having conceived a child and sterility, means having no chance of conception at all.
Easterners such as the Chinese believe in the balance of human energy known to them as Yin Yang. When applied to infertility, this means that a couple should contain some sort of opposite energy to be in an optimal health. In this case, the Yin for women means the estrogen level and for men Yang means testosterone. When these factors encompass imbalance, the couple would not be able to bear a child.
Hence, eastern medical practitioners examine the four main organs of the body such as the heart, spleen, heart, and liver upon infertility to check for imbalance. When the main cause is determined they treat the entire human body through traditional medicines. For instance, infertile male undergo the four step infertility plan which include change in diet, taking herbal supplements and herbal remedies, massage and reflex; and change in lifestyle which include quitting from vices. Moreover, Chinese also resort to body cleansing which involves drinking herbal juices especially with ginseng, to remove toxins from liver, kidney, colon, lungs, and skin which might have caused the infertility; and Yoga.
Western believes more on scientific explanations of any phenomena than myths and superstitions unlike Easterners. Hence, their methods vary greatly from each other. For instance, to treat infertility Westerners resort to medication, surgery, or assisted fertility such IVF or In -Vitro Fertilization. These treatments are undeniably costly but couples are fortunate if such treatments are stipulated in their insurance plans.
In-vitro Fertilization is done through a laboratory. In this case, both the eggs and sperms are brought together to fertilize and when this happens, two or four of the sperms are implanted to the woman’s uterine line to conceive. However, success of this method also varies from age. Women above 40 may have more difficulty of acquiring good results than those who are younger. In addition, the treatment cost $15,000 while it only provides 25% conception probability. Another treatment is called Gift or ZIFT which is also known as Gamete or Zygote Intrafallopian Transfer.
In this treatment, the same pattern is done as of the IVF except that the fertilized egg and sperm are injected into the fallopian tube with the hope to travel to the uterus and implant itself to the lining and result to pregnancy. The only things to GIFT or ZIFT cause as much as $20,000.
A couple who experienced infertility issues always has the choice to seek infertility treatment aside from simply allowing nature to take its course. Whether its Eastern or Western treatment, couple should also be open to both possibilities and detours such as trying the very first step of infertility treatment and how many times they should try it or when not effective shift to another treatment such as artificial insemination through egg or sperm donors or simple embrace opportunity for child adoption.
Infertility treatment is a long process and does also need a little bit of patience. This is why Infertility is considered as the most difficult challenge a couple is faced with. With this here are some tips to deal with the emotions prior to or after outcomes of diagnosis that might cause detours in life. First, discuss the problem with the partner on a regular basis. This opens the couple to overcome feeling of anger and hinder each to blame one another as it also gives way to empathy. Second, talk to others who also have problems in conceiving. This helps overcome some feeling of loneliness knowing that there are other people who are experiencing the same problem. Third, focus on a hobby to keep mind away from thinking fertility issues and other traumatic experience leading to such. Lastly, keep a journal to write down thoughts or hard emotions when it is difficult to discuss it with friends, family, and partner.
For all times, desiring to get pregnant easily or avoiding infertility complications also means quitting some vices or activities that leads to such. This include discontinuing birth control pills, removing IUD, saying NO to aspartame, caffeine, smoking, alcoholic beverages, and douching. In addition, also limit hazard possibilities brought by computer and cell phone radiations; work related stress, harmful chemical exposures, as well as exposure to contagious diseases. Most of all live a healthy lifestyle through proper exercise and diet.