The complex causes of infertility

Infertility is a common problem facing many couples today. And just as treatments for infertility are extensive and complex, so are the causes.

Some of the causes of infertility are obvious and fairly simple to correct. For example, a couple may simply not be having sex frequently enough to improve their chances of conceiving.

But most other times, the reasons are far more complicated lifestyle issues which cannot be changed overnight. For example, heavy use of alcohol, eating disorders and stress can all lead to higher rates of infertility.

In addition, there are various medical conditions that can also cause infertility.

For women, these include Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), Polycistic ovary syndrome (PCO) and endometriosis. In men, medical reasons for infertility include prostate infections, diabetes and multiple sclerosis.

Contrary to often-cited myths, infertility is just as frequently cause by problems in the man as it is in the woman. And, according to Patient UK, in as many as 30 percent of infertility cases, no cause can be found at all!

The bottom line? There are many reasons couples everywhere struggle with infertility.

The good news for those couples is that there are plenty of fertility treatments available. To read more about these treatments, click here.

One of the newer and more unique options for infertile couples is Embryo Donation and Adoption. In this fertility alternative, an adoptive couple is able to "adopt" embryos that were created by another couple during IVF.

The adoptive couple then uses those embryos in their own attempt to achieve a pregnancy. Unlike traditional adoption, the adoptive couple actually gets to experience the joy of pregnancy and give birth to their adopted child.

Even couples who have tried some infertility treatments (such as IVF) and were unsuccessful may find success with Embryo Adoption. They simply must have no contraindications to carrying a pregnancy to term.

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