More Couples Face Fertility Problems






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Recent studies have shown that a possible 30% of couples are struggling with some form of fertility issue. This has greatly increased in recent years and previous studies have shown that this figure was only 14%. This leads more and more couples to partake in fertility treatments that can range in price all the way up to $20,000. Statistics show that there is nearly $3 billion spent on private fertility treatments.

1. What causes these fertility issues?

There are a number of things that can cause issues for these couples. The growing weight issue that is facing the world plays a huge role in the issue of women getting pregnant. An unhealthy lifestyle that is filled with stress is also a large contributor to these issues.


Many women have also found that they have issues because they have decided to begin having children later in life when their chances of becoming pregnant have somewhat diminished over the years. Other reason could be certain conditions like endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome. Others have found that sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia have blocked their Fallopian tubes, making it difficult to become pregnant.

2. What can be done in regards to age?

There are a number of reasons why women are choosing to have children later in life. Either they have yet to meet the right person, are focusing on their career or they may find that there are medical reasons that they must wait. Regardless of their reasons, there are steps that women can now take to preserve the fertility of their youth.


Currently, it is becoming more popular for young women to have their eggs frozen. Some are looking to save their eggs when they are going through cancer treatments and others are simply saving them for social reasons. It is estimated that for every 10 eggs that you freeze, three or four embryos will be created that are healthy and ready to be implanted. However, this method is extremely expensive and some have spent as much as $10,000 in order to freeze their eggs.

3. What if I find I can’t have kids?

Learning that you will never have kids of your own can be very traumatic. However, there are now some support groups available that may help you through this difficult time in your life. For example, one couple founded a group called Moving On after they were unable to have kids of their own. They felt that couples needed a place that would allow them to heal after they learn that they will not be able to get pregnant.


It is also important that the education of women is advanced further than we are today. Many women do not really understand how their bodies work and how to know when they are fertile. They also begin to rely on stories of women having children late in life and begin to think that this is common and simple to do. However, what is often overlooked is that many of these women, who do have kids late in life, are doing so through donor eggs.

4. IVF is on the rise

Today there are more and more women turning towards IVF treatment. In some areas the amount of children who are being born as a result of this technology is around 4%. Because of its popularity, the industry is now advancing in such a way that scientists are now able to determine if the embryos have certain types of mutations and illnesses before they are implanted.

with-IVF-fertility-drugs-are-given-to-the-woman-that-encourages-her-body-to-produce-eggsHowever, IVF still does not have a high success rate. In fact, the statistics taken in the year 2011 showed that women between the ages of 30 and 34 were only 25% likely to have a successful pregnancy with an IVF treatment. Women between the ages of 35 and 39 were only about 16.9% likely and women between 40 and 44 were only 6.6% likely for the treatment to be a success.

5. Conclusion

Going through fertility treatments is a difficult process for any couple to bear. If you are considering this path, you should take care of your mental and emotional state as well as your body. It is best to talk to a specialist that can help you deal with the emotional issues related to fertility problems. There are also many support groups available that can help you get through the difficult journey as well.

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Ms. Ledoux began her career as an ObGyn nurse practitioner prior to becoming a practicing midwife in the Santa Cruz community. Working together with ObGyn physicians in her own practice, she has over 20 years experience in women's health, pregnancy and childbirth.