Trying to have a baby is an exciting time in just about anyone’s life. After all, there is so much joy that having a child can bring. In fact, many people look forward to becoming parents for a long time before they actually have the chance to do so, and many women and men alike will even find the experience of pregnancy and sometimes even childbirth quite magical indeed. For many people, having a baby is incredibly joyous, and few roadblocks come up in the path to getting there.
However, there are many other people who struggle with fertility issues of varying natures, though it is first important to understand what is normal and what is not when it comes to trying to conceive (often known as TTC). In fact, it often takes longer for a normal and fertile couple to conceive than many might realize. After all, a couple in their late 20s to early 30s with normal fertility rates will still only have as much as a 25% chance of conceiving during any given month. Therefore, it is quite normal for it to take up to a full year before conception actually occurs.
Once this year mark has been surpassed, however, it might be time to go see a fertility doctor, a specialist who can be recommended by your typical gynecologist. At this point, a number of factors that might be hampering your overall fertility are likely to be discussed. For instance, the older you get, the harder it can be to get pregnant. While fertility rate in men will slow over time, most men would still be able to conceive a child well into old age (or at least, as the case might be, older age). Such is not the case for women.
In fact, women tend to reach their peak fertility quite early on in life, typically between the ages of 20 and 24. However, the vast majority of all women will be nowhere near ready to have a baby at these ages, and will wait until later on in life to try to conceive. However, fertility rates will first drop at the age of 30 and continue to decline. At this point, most women will still find that they are able to conceive with relative ease. However, fertility rates will again drop more sharply at the age of 35, and any pregnancy that occurs at or after this point will be considered geriatric and will even come with additional risk factors. And among all of the women who try to conceive around the age of 40, only around 40% or so – a fair deal less than half – will find success in doing so naturally.
Fortunately, treatment for infertility are on the rise, and many a fertility expert in this country has helped many a couple struggling with fertility to have happy and healthy pregnancies and children. For instance, IVF – also known as In Vitro Fertilization – has helped many a couple to conceive. Such infertility procedures can be quite draining and invasive – and not to mention expensive – but the majority of couples who go through them with success find them to be more than worth it at the end of the day.
Of course, not all fertility treatments will be that heavy duty and costly. For instance, many fertility doctors are likely to recommend lifestyle changes first, to see if simply changing some things up will impact overall fertility and ability to conceive. Stopping smoking, for example, can improve fertility significantly – and not just for the woman, but for her male partner as well. In addition to this, changing the type of underwear that is worn can impact overall fertility rates and help otherwise healthy couples to conceive.
Fertility issues can be really and truly heartbreaking for many a couple here in the United States. When all you want is to have a child of your own flesh and blood, it can be difficult to not be able to do so as easily as you would have hoped. Fortunately, fertility experts are now more knowledgeable on the subject of fertility and problems associated with it.