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Also called: Sterility
Infertility, simply put, is the inability to conceive or produce offspring. There are two main types of infertility. Primary infertility is when a couple is unable to conceive a child even after numerous attempts. Secondary infertility is when a couple, after having conceived once, is unable to do so again. In terms of conceiving children, those who have primary infertility have a much lesser chance of overcoming the situation than those with secondary infertility.
Many different factors play a role in determining the chances for conception. Some factors cannot be changed (such as menopause). Neither should a patient generally pursue aggressive treatments, as these usually have adverse side effects. Before a patient tries anything else, he or she should be willing to implement some lifestyle changes. These relatively small changes can have powerful results on an individual’sfertility, without the harmful effects that other treatments might cause.
Changes that a person might implement to improve fertility may include:
Consumption patterns. Excessive consumption of some products, such alcohol andnicotine, lead to lowered sperm counts and infertility. Couples having problems with conception are well-advised to stay away from cigarettes and avoid drinking excessively.
Weight management. An individual’s weight plays a major role in his/her hormonal balance. If a person is underweight or overweight, his/her hormonal balance changes, which may impede the process of fertilization and conception.
Regular exercise. Closely related to weight management, regular exercise can also be an important part of improving fertility. Overall body health contributes to a more balanced production of sperm, as well as proper hormonal balance.
Article written by :Jeanette Pollock
Jeanette Pollock is a freelance author