People who often brood over their inability to become parents want to know what went wrong with them? Why can’t they experience a normal parenthood like the others do? Often they have to satisfy themselves with obscure answers like “unexplained infertility”. Finding reasons for infertility is like finding a needle in the haystack. The reason can be anything, right from visible problems like hormonal imbalances, cysts or fibroid to critical genetic disorder, functional disorders of reproductive organs, chemical side-effects, chronic disease or family history of infertility.

It has been estimated that infertility has risen up to 30% in the last five years. It is no longer a women’s problem nor is it restricted on to urban lifestyle. People in both sexes may suffer from similar disorders. However, there are a few things that you must know about infertility.

Important things to know about infertility

  • Men equally suffer from infertility like women. In about 45% of the infertility related cases, the problem lies with the male partner.
  • Infertility in women are easily detectable compared the male infertility. In most cases male infertility are tough to identify, especially in the earlier stages.
  • It is important to have a balanced and healthy diet to boost your fertility.
  • Fertility goes down with age; that is the more you age, less fertile you are.

Though infertility is a common topic these days, but still it a social taboo that prevent people open up on this. This taboo gives rise to ignorance and myths. Here are some very common myths associated with this topic.

A normal menstrual cycle is of 28 days
A normal menstrual cycle may last from 21 to 36 days
A sperm can be alive up to several hours
Sperm can live up to 5 days in fertile cervical liquid
Infertility only happens to women
Both men and women suffer from infertility.
Having sex regularly increases the chances of conception
Having sex every alternate day during ovulation, during the 12-16 day of a women’s cycle is enough.
Infertility in women begins after they are 35
Infertility can affect women even in their early twenties. On the other hand some women retain their fertility even in their late thirties, though the chances of conception in women decrease after the age of 35.

Controlling Infertility

It is true that, it is difficult to stop infertility completely. However, we can at least try to prevent it to some extent. Here are some tips

  • Have healthy lifestyle and gorge on a healthy platter
  • Exercise regularly to keep your weight under control
  • Try to keep away from radioactive elements and harmful chemicals
  • Get yourself checked for STD
  • Stay away from addictions like alcohol, cigarettes and drugs.
  • Consult your doctor early if you are having infertility related issues.

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