FAQs on Infertility
1. How long should you wait
before consulting a Doctor?
If you have been trying to conceive for a
year, you must see an infertility specialist and get yourself checked.
2. Stress causes infertility
Almost every couple encounters stress in
their lives. While it is certainly common for infertility to cause stress, it
is quite unlikely for stress to be a cause of infertility. Times of high stress
may certainly impede couples from trying to conceive. Scientifically, however,
it is not clear if there is a direct causal mechanism between stress and
infertility. Furthermore, the last thing a woman wants to hear is, “You’re
too stressed … just relax and it will happen.”
3. Which Foods can make me more fertile?
There are no specific foods that have been
directly linked to infertility. In general, a well-balanced diet with not too
much of any one thing is the way to go.
4. I am a smoker. Would that
affect my chances at conceiving?
Well, besides the well-known negative
impact of smoking on health, smoking results in a faster decline of ovarian
reserve for women, increases the risk of ectopic pregnancy, and lowers the
chance of a successful outcome with fertility treatments.
clinical studies have reported that smokers have
lower sperm quality compared to non-smokers. In a study including
1,786 men, smoking was associated with a decrease
in sperm counts by 17.5% and in total motile sperm cells by
16.6% when compared to non-smokers.
5. Is there an ideal age for
women to conceive?
Women are born with a limited egg supply
that progressively declines with age. This results in a measurable decline in
fertility that begins in the mid-20’s and becomes progressively steeper in the
mid-30’s. After the mid-40’s the chance of a successful live birth with a woman’s
own eggs is extremely low.
6. Male fertility does not
decline with age
False. Although men have the luxury of
generating new sperm on a regular basis, their sperm quality does decline with
age. There is also greater DNA fragmentation seen in sperm with increasing age.
7. Infertility is mostly a
This was a commonly held belief that is not
true. Infertility impacts men and women equally. Among all couples seeking help
for infertility, about half of them have male factor issues.
8. What is an IVF?
IVF stands for In Vitro Fertilitization, it is a method of fertility outside of human body, in a lab.
9. What is Test tube baby
Test-tube baby is another term used for IVF (in vitro fertilization).