Infertility is a condition where the couple is unable to conceive after 12 months of regular sexual relationship without birth control.
There are two kinds of infertility - primary and secondary:
- Primary infertility means that the couple has never conceived.
- Secondary infertility means that the couple has experienced a pregnancy before and failed to conceive later.
A number of people face these problems but are embarrassed or hesitant to seek help.
To understand infertility, we need to understand the process of fertilization.
If you've had more than a year of regular sexual relationship without birth control and you haven't achieved pregnancy, it's best to seek help. If a year hasn't passed yet, a good strategy is to plan to have sexual relationship during the days the woman is ovulating. If a woman has regular menstrual cycles, sexual relationship between the 8th & the 20th day will help.
Facts about infertility
It's a myth that infertility is always a "woman's problem". Half of all cases of infertility result from problems with the man's reproductive system. Of couples that seek medical treatment for infertility, 20% conceive before the treatment actually begins. One reason may be that anxiety about infertility may have contributed to the fertility problem, so contacting a doctor and counseling helps. 50% conceive within two years from starting treatment. Most infertility results from physical problems in a man or woman's reproductive system.