Sometimes, despite being in good health, couples face problems in conceiving. There may be many reasons for failing to conceive even after trying for many months. While infertility can have symptoms like irregular periods or severe menstrual cramps, most causes of infertility are silent. Here are 5 possible reasons why you’re unable to get pregnant:
- You Haven’t tried Enough
It is important to understand that most couples don’t conceive right away. It may seem like you’ve been trying for far too long, but in reality, you’re probably just getting started. Studies indicate that around 80 percent of couples conceive after six months of trying. Doctors suggest seeing a fertility expert if:
- You’re older than 35 years and have been trying for six months or more
- Younger than 35 and have been trying for at least a year
Even if you don’t have a fertility problem, see your doctor if you fall in any of the above mentioned categories.
When you’re trying to conceive, you’re likely to get stressed. Worrying or stress can take a toll on a couple’s physical as well as mental health. According to doctors, stress can cause your adrenal system to take a hit and make it even more difficult to get pregnant. Taking out time for yourself and not obsessing over your attempts can help improve your chances of having a baby. Try altering your daily routine by going for meditation or exercising to reduce stress levels.
- Blocked Fallopian Tubes
Problems with blocked fallopian tubes, uterine structural problems, or endometriosis can also prevent you from getting pregnant. Fallopian tubes are the pathway between ovaries and the uterus, and do not directly attach to the ovaries. Conception takes place inside the fallopian tube where the sperm and egg meet. A damaged or blocked fallopian tube can block the sperm or egg from meeting and prevent pregnancy. Fertility testing can help determine if your fallopian tubes are open and working properly.
- Sleep Deprivation
Sleep deprivation can cause strain on the body and affect proper functioning of the immune system. This can increase your chances of getting infections and also affect the reproductive cycle of both men and women. Infections could lead to fever and excess body heat can cause damage to the sperm. Anxiety due to lack of sleep could affect the menstrual cycle of women.
- Undiagnosed Medical Problems
In most cases, underlying medical conditions can lead to infertility in both men and women. A thyroid imbalance or undiagnosed diabetes can lead to infertility. Even depression, or autoimmune disease such as lupus, or undiagnosed celiac disease have been linked to problems in getting pregnant. Certain prescription medications can also have an impact on fertility. Talk to your doctor if you’re trying to get pregnant and they can help you by changing the dose.
Other factors such as weight, lifestyle habits, overuse of lubricants etc. can prevent or delay pregnancy. Talk to the doctors at KIMS Cuddles if you’re unable to get pregnant and they’ll suggest ways to overcome your hurdles.
*The opinions expressed in this article are not to be substituted for medical advice under any circumstance