Infertility Symptoms

Infertility Symptoms: Sex, Age and Lifestyle Factors

A couple is considered infertile when they are unable to get pregnant after a year of unprotected sexual intercourse.

Infertility symptoms also cover a variety of emotional responses from one partner or both.  Generally, couples without children tend to have more emotional reaction.  Having even just one baby lessens these painful feelings and encourages a healthier, happier outlook.

What Causes Infertility?

“Primary infertility” is used to describe the condition of partners who have not been successful at reproducing after at least a year of regular intercourse.

“Secondary infertility” is used to describe couples who have conceived at least once before, but are having difficulty getting pregnant again.

The Male Factor of Infertility

Many physical and emotional factors cause and contribute to infertility.  Around 30 to 40% of infertility cases in couples are because of a “male factor.”  Examples of such factors are impotence, retrograde ejaculation, decreased sperm count, hormone deficiency, scarring from STDs and environmental pollutants.

Sperm count is affected by heavy use of marijuana and prescription drugs like spironolactone, cimetidine and nitrofurantoin.

The Female Factor of Infertility

A “female factor” causes 40 to 50% of infertility in couples.  Such factors include ovulation dysfunctions, endometriosis, scarring from STDs, pelvic infection, hormonal imbalances, ovarian cysts, tumors, poor nutrition, or transport system abnormalities from the cervix to the fallopian tubes.

Women suffering from ovarian problems may find the book Natural Ovarian Cyst Relief Secrets helpful. Cysts can be a cause of ovarian pain, irregular menstruation and even infertility.

The remaining 10 to 30% of infertility occurrences can be the result of factors coming from both partners or of no identifiable cause.

Only 10 to 20% of couples will not be able to conceive after a year of trying.  It is very important that wannabe parents make pregnancy attempts for at least 12 months straight to give natural forces adequate time to get the job done.

Age-Related Infertility Factors

There is a mere 25 to 30% chance per month for healthy couples to get pregnant.  This estimate assumes that both individuals are below 30 years old and the couple has regular, unprotected intercourse.

As a woman gets older, her chances of conception become slimmer.  Beyond the age of 35 and especially after the age of 40, the possibility of a woman getting pregnant becomes less than 10% each month.  The peak of fertility in a woman is during her early 20s.

Non Age-Related Infertility Factors

Age is not the only reason why individuals experience infertility.  Apart from age-related factors, the increased probability of infertility is linked to the following factors:

  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Multiple sexual partners (heightens the risk of STDs)
  • History of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • History of orchitis or epididymitis in males
  • Mumps in men
  • Varicocele in men
  • A medical history involving DES exposure (women or men)
  • Female eating disorders (women)
  • Anovulatory menstrual cycles
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterus defects (myomas) or cervical blockage
  • Long-term or chronic illness like diabetes