What causes infertility?
Not being able to get pregnant despite having frequent, unprotected sex for at least a year for most couples? Infertility may be caused by a number of different factors, in either the male or female reproductive systems. However, it is sometimes not possible to explain the causes of infertility.
Obstruction of the reproductive tract causing dysfunctionalities in the ejection of semen. This blockage can occur in the tubes that carry semen (such as ejaculatory ducts and seminal vesicles). Blockages are commonly due to injuries or infections of the genital tract.
Hormonal disorders leading to abnormalities in hormones produced by the pituitary gland, hypothalamus and testicles. Hormones such as testosterone regulate sperm production. Example of disorders that result in hormonal imbalance include pituitary or testicular cancers.
Testicular failure to produce sperm, for example due to varicoceles or medical treatments that impair sperm-producing cells (such as chemotherapy).
Tubal disorders such as blocked fallopian tubes, which are in turn caused by untreated sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or complications of unsafe abortion, postpartum sepsis or abdominal/pelvic surgery;
Uterine disorders which could be inflammatory in nature (such as such endometriosis), congenital in nature (such as septate uterus), or benign in nature (such as fibroids);
Disorders of the ovaries, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome and other follicular disorders.
Starting a family
Some couples initiate the process of family planning soon after tying the knot, while others may stumble into parenthood unexpectedly. There are also those who opt to begin building a family at a specific point in time. Regardless of the path you've taken towards becoming a parent, this platform was established to furnish you with all the essential resources and knowledge you require to take the initial step towards starting a family.
Although it is widely believed that getting pregnant is a natural and effortless process, the reality is quite different. Many elements must fall into place for a successful conception to occur, and recent research has indicated a drop in fertility rates throughout Asia.
In the past, the subject of fertility was a sensitive issue that was approached with caution and often avoided altogether. However, this should no longer be the case, and searching for ways to conceive should not be a taboo. Let us fully embrace the joy of creating and raising our own offspring, while embarking on a unique journey that differs from those of others.