Fertility issues are fairly common and affect both men and women. The American Congress of Gynecologists and Obstetricians highlights the fact that infertility can be caused by a number of factors, but is most often associated with problems occurring within the reproductive system. More specifically, the most common infertility issues are the result of problems related to egg and sperm quality, sperm count, and hormone cycles. If you are a woman, you were born with a fixed number of eggs available for reproduction.
That number of available eggs steadily decreases as you age, as do your chances of conceiving. If you are a man, your fertility also declines as you age, however on less predictable terms. After ovulation, an egg can survive for up to 24 hours. Following sexual intercourse, viable sperm can survive inside a woman’s body for an average of three days and up to five. Thus, the greatest chance of conception lies between one and five days after ovulation. If conception does not occur after one year of regular, unprotected intercourse, there is a chance that either you or your partner may suffer from infertility.
In addition to reproductive issues, infertility may also occur as a result of age, genetics, environment, underlying medical conditions, or dietary and lifestyle habits. For example, if you are overweight or underweight, your fertility may suffer. Do you regularly engage in excessive or strenuous exercise? The energy demands placed on your body during your exercise routines may consequently affect your fertility. Furthermore, if you suffer from an underlying medical condition, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, the condition may affect your ability to conceive and carry a fetus beyond the first trimester.
If you suspect that either you or your spouse may be affected by infertility, consult with your obstetrician or gynecologist. Our team at The Fertility Center of Oregon is ready to help you with your fertility issues. Some common questions that may be asked at your fertility consultation may include:
- Your medical history of sexually transmitted and non-sexually transmitted diseases
- Your family history of fertility and infertility
- Past family planning methods, such as contraception and abortions
- Your current prescribed or over-the-counter medications and supplements
- Outcomes of your past pregnancies
- Use of illicit substances or drugs, tobacco, or alcohol
The Women’s Care and The Fertility Center of Oregon teams understand both the physical and emotional circumstances that revolve around issues of fertility. We are equipped to provide and discuss a number of treatment options that best suit you and your family’s needs. Visit The Fertility Center of Oregon website for additional information and to find the necessary forms to schedule an appointment. You may also contact either our Country Club or Riverbend offices today.