“Good afternoon, I need help. I’ve been married twice now. My first husband left me because I was unable to have a child for him. My current husband doesn’t know that I am unable to have kids. We just recently got married and I am afraid he’ll leave too. I desperately want to have a baby. I’ve tried multiple doctors and done a lot of tests. I had a surgery to remove 3 fibroids 2 years ago and was told that they are now back and that there are multiple. I was placed on birth control but I stopped taking them because they made me feel bad. Can you help me please? I don’t know what to do.”
The fear of never being able to have a child is he words I can’t holds more weight
Female Infertility is the inability to conceive naturally after one year of unprotected sexual intercourse refers as infertility. About 11%of couples will face infertility. When the women is older than 35, the amount of time trying to conceive drops to six month for an infertility diagnosis.
- An estimated 15% of couples will have trouble conceiving.
- Globally, 48.5 million couples experience infertility.
- About 9% of men and 10% of women aged 15 to 44 reported infertility problems in USA.
Some risk factors that may contribute if you are not getting pregnant
These factors can contribute to female infertility.
- Abnormal menstruation
- Blocked fallopian tubes
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Pituitary gland disorders
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Sickle Cell anemia
- Uterine problems, including endometriosis, uterine fibroid, and uterine polyps
- Thyroid disease
Can your mental health contribute to infertility?
In a recent study, it is found that more than 70 percent of woman believes mental health problems can have a negative effect on fertility. There is no truth behind this. Stress and anxiety doesn’t cause infertility, infertility often causes stress. Many studies found that infertility in both women and men often increase stress, depression, and anxiety.
There are some steps you should follow to manage your stress;
- Express yourself:
Try to talk to others who can help you to deal with your guilt or anger.
- Spend more time with family:
Your partner, family and friends can be your best support during this difficult time. Keep talking to them.
- Don’t feel hopeless:
Don’t feel hopeless due to poor fertility treatment results. Try to reduce stress in your life before trying to become pregnant.
- Improve your lifestyle.
Take healthy diet and do your exercise daily. It will improve your mental health.