Newage infertility issues

  • By Team TDO

Whereas infertility is on the rise in many countries no figures are available in India for e.g. in Canada 16% of heterosexual couples in which the women aged 18 to 44 are experiencing infertility. So while rising rates of infertility among older women is not surprising infertility rates seem to be climbing for younger women.

Often couples [who can't conceive] are asked by family and friends “Is there any good news?” also told by family members, ' Just relax and take a vacation, you will get pregnant,' it is wiser that if a couple seek medical help than persisting on their own. Besides the medical part of infertility women and men are dealing with emotional stress of infertility and social stigma. Infertility treatment can be as stressful as a cancer diagnoses. Challenges such as an understanding of the medical diagnosis, the struggle to have children can lead to strained relationships with the spouse and family and friends, depression, anxiety and finally the financial stress all combined together to make dealings with this issue. The couple can feel isolated and anxious which can affect their personal and professional lives.

Surprisingly couples who consult are often found to be ignorant for e.g. the number of times sexual intercourse needs to be performed. A visit to a gynecologist can help to identify the ovulation date and indicate to the husband the dates when sexual intercourse is essential.

Modern technology has also contributed to the physical strain, anxiety and tension for e.g. as husband going to work at night and wife during the day leads to a lack of togetherness resulting in new age infertility.

The good news is that Infertility treatments have improved, options have expanded, and doctors are more skilled at the techniques. Evaluations are done earlier than in years past, and the trend is to treat more aggressively, especially if the hopeful mother-to-be is older. Unfortunately procedures are expensive and beyond reach of many couples.

It's important to have a basic and thorough fertility evaluation before having any treatment, especially aggressive ones. Otherwise, one could jump into expensive, time-consuming treatments when the problem could have been relatively minor and treatable with less intervention. There are many problems in a couple that can be often easily corrected for e.g. Husbands who are riding a two wheeler can suffer a decrease of sperms or should the husband suffer an erectile dysfunction he will be asked to provide semen by which an intrauterine insemination could help or simply asked to increase intercourse. In women where ovulation is disturbed they could be helped with a donor’s egg.

It is important that a couple does not forget their caring and sharing and love for each other as often the treatment brings about tension and anxiety. In case the treatment is unsuccessful, couples need not be depressed as Happiness has come to many who have considered alternatives like acceptance of the fact, surrogacy or adoption.