“IT’S EASY FOR MOST WOMEN TO GET PREGNENT“
While it’s true that many woman conceive without difficulty, more than five million people of childbearing age in the United States – or one in every 10 couples – have problems with infertility. Certain health conditions and factors, such as age, can affect a woman’s ability to conceive. For instance, a healthy 30-year-old woman has about a 20 percent chance of getting pregnant each month; while by age 40, her chances drop to about 5 percent a month. But infertility can affect women of any age, and from any background.
MEN DON’T HAVE INFERTILITY PROBLEMS
Though it’s commonly believed that infertility is a “women’s problem,” nothing is further from the truth. About 35 percent of all infertility cases treated in the United States are due to a female problem. But 35 percent (an equal number!) can be traced to a male problem, 20 percent to a problem in both partners, and 10 percent to unknown causes.
INFERTILITY IS A PSYCHOLOGICAL – NOT PHYSICAL PROBLEM
Well-meaning friends and relatives may suggest “infertility is all in your head” or “if you’d stop worrying so much, you’d get pregnant.” But in reality, infertility is a disease or condition of the reproductive system and not a psychological disorder. In fact, one or more physical causes are identified in the vast number of infertile couples. So while relaxing, going on vacation, or finding positive ways to de-stress can improve your overall well-being, these lifestyle changes won’t solve your infertility problems.
COUPLES WHO WORK HARD ENOUGH AT HAVING A BABY WILL EVENTYALLY GET PREGNANT
New methods of diagnosing and treating infertility have improved many couples’ chances of having a baby. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), more than half of all couples who pursue treatment will achieve a successful pregnancy. On the other hand, it’s important to remember that infertility is
a medical disease and that problems sometimes remain untreatable – no matter how hard a couple “works” at solving them.