Female infertility is a condition, presented in either permanent or temporary form, which prevents women from being able to get impregnated even if all the natural conditions are available. Whenever a suspicion or confirmation of it makes itself present, it is necessary to determine whether the cause behind it is inherited or acquired. That is, if the conditions that are preventing the fertilization process to take place are complications the patient was born with, or if there are elements in their present or past life which can be causing it.
Often people associate severe or complicated health conditions with severe or complicated causes, but it’s not rare for things that seem small or irrelevant in someone’s life to have big consequences. Education on the harmful power of habits and environment can help prevent or cure many conditions or complications people experience. This is absolutely the case with infertility, which is often associated with smoking and stress, and can also be caused by weight problems or sexual infections. Forming and conceiving a newborn is a very demanding process on the body, and the processes that happen before or after the actual pregnancy will be heavily influenced by all sorts of metabolic reactions and responses.
Diagnosing for what is the actual cause of the infertility is not hard, and once a correct diagnosis is at hand, answers become extremely clear and solutions can be sought right after that. If environmental factors are at play, those need to be isolated, to give space for the healing to start. Even if the conditions turn out to be inherited, and they can’t be cured, getting a correct diagnosis and explanations from a doctor is extremely important, as patients have a high tendency to blame themselves for the infertility, which is likely to lead to depression – a gateway to many other diseases and conditions.
Radiation and chemotherapy are also among the factors that can cause acquired infertility, but in those cases the diagnosis will be made even easier by the fact that doctors are aware of the risk when they administer them, and would be ready to take action if it becomes necessary.
Outside of this domain, there is the other one of inherited conditions, which can include chemical anomalies, genetic alterations or physical disabilities in the reproductive apparatus. In the majority of those cases, since there is an actual blocking of the process down at the physical level, there are no known cures discovered so far. The ones that can sometimes be cured include when the patient presents an ovulation, that is the incapability of producing effective ovaries that can be fertilized. The artificial injections of hormones, such as FSH (folicule-stimulating hormones) is able to influence the problematic process into working properly again.
Another condition possible to overcome and still generate fertilization can be used when the Fallopian tubes are damaged or dysfunctional, which would make the fertilization process impossible even with intervention. Pelvic infections usually can spread to many layers of the reproductive system, such as oophoritis, which directly affects the ovaries, or salpingitis, which then damages the tubes directly. In order to still generate an embryo, doctors are able to remove an egg that has been empowered by hormonal treatment, and then fecundate that egg artificially, before inserting it back for gestation – thus bypassing the stages in which the tubes would be crucial. This is called in vitro fertilization, meaning the process takes place ‘in the glass’, as opposed to ‘in vivo’ fertilization, which is the ordinary natural way: in a living creature.
Those processes have a high rate of success, and do not offer considerable risks to the patient.
Menopause, which is a definitive and natural change in the body, is not a medical condition which can be treated. It can cause symptoms which need and can be mitigated in order to bring quality of life and avoid provoking diseases. The infertility resulting from it, however, is a definitive stage of life, not a treatable condition. What is important to know is that menopause is first announced by a period known as perimenopause, which presents some of the symptoms and phenomena related to menopause without establishing it completely. During this period, pregnancy may still happen, either naturally or, specially, with hormonal stimulation.
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The cause of infertility may be difficult to determine but may include inadequate levels of certain hormones in both men and women, and trouble with ovulation in women. The main symptom is an inability to get pregnant
Investigation of the impact of anti-infertility peptide (D0R9VC) genetic treatment on third generation on CHD40 cell line rats with known predisposition with known predisposition for infertility