Archive | November, 2012

Causes of Female Infertility and How to Cope with It

8 Nov

Women who want to get pregnant adapt to healthy fertility diet to ensure their bodies are fit for conception. But some women have a hard time conceiving. If you are trying to get pregnant but no matter how hard you and your partner try, you are still not conceiving, then you might have infertility problems. Doctor Serena Chen, a fertility specialist in New Jersey, talks about causes of female infertility in the video below.

Causes of Female Infertility

Female infertility can be caused by different factors just like the ones mentioned in the video. About 10% of women in the US population, whose age range from 15 to 44, have a hard time conceiving or staying pregnant. This is according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But this does not mean that infertility can only happen in women. Infertility in men are also possible and can be caused by different factors too.

There are many causes of infertility on men and women. But facing the cause or problem can put stress in a relationship. Some ways to cope, help manage, and lower the stress of infertility are:

Acknowledge your feelings: Holding everything inside does not help. It actually takes more mental energy to hold your feelings back than to express them. Allow yourself time to feel the sadness, anger, and frustration.

Seek support: Whether through friends, professional counseling, groups, or online forums, finding somewhere to talk with people who understand can help you feel less alone.

Practice relaxation: Learning how to relax and calm yourself can help when feelings get intense and during treatments. Acupuncture, yoga, and relaxation techniques are all possible ways to cope.

Talk to your partner: Talk about your feelings together. Keep in mind, though, that men and women cope with stress in different ways. Women are more likely to express their sadness, while men tend to hold things inside. Neither way is wrong, just different.

Learn as much as you can: The more you know about infertility, including alternatives like adoption or living child-free, the more in control you will feel.

Don’t let infertility take over your life: Make sure you fill your life and your relationship with other things. If it seems like infertility is all you talk about together, set a specified time each day for the topic, and use the rest of the day to talk about other things.

Keep sex fun: As mentioned above, sex can quickly become more like a chore, than a fun way to express love for each other. Try to keep things loving and exciting. Light candles, play fun music, or watch romantic movies, whatever makes you both feel good.

Consider professional help: Many couples find that professional individual or couples counseling can help them cope with the emotional stress of infertility, and some fertility clinics insist that their patients seek counseling before and during treatment.

Source: http://infertility.about.com/od/copingwithinfertility/a/copestress.htm

It is best for a couple to face infertility together. What a man feels about the situation may be different from a woman’s emotion but generally they are the same because both of them are affected. Keeping the lines of communication between the couple open can help on how they will cope with infertility. This can aid them in supporting one another positively.

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