Infertility was considered a taboo in earlier days. It was women who were looked down on society, as they were unable to conceive naturally. However, it should be remembered that it takes two to make a baby and infertility can affect both males as well as females. Approximately 10-15% of couples across the globe experience fertility challenges and need fertility treatment to conceive.
The birth of the first test-tube baby in the year 1978 in England had presented the world with the sobering fact of the possibility of achieving pregnancy through methods that were previously unthinkable. That is the fertilisation of an egg by sperm in a petri dish, usually which takes place naturally in the fallopian tube of a woman. In those days, this whole concept of ‘test-tube baby’ was considered very unnatural and unethical that a baby can be conceived outside a mother’s womb. It was considered unethical because IVF goes against some religious sentiments. However, like many overwhelming achievements, many people passed through the stages of denial, confusion and finally accepted ART as a means to conceive. It takes time for any new change to happen and being accepted in society.
There are widespread misunderstanding, misconceptions and fear surrounding IVF; but IVF is not an unnatural process, it is only that Infertility specialists are helping the nature in its process by assisting couples with fertility issues to have a child of their own. People need to stop feeling uncomfortable and come out in the open and talk about their problems. Not speaking can exponentially increase your pains. Sitting alone and sobbing cannot show you a way out of this misery, remember, you do not have to tread the path alone. Being silent may be a difficult option. Many people can be quite supportive when you start sharing the difficulties that you faced in your journey towards parenthood. While the birth of a baby is celebrated, but why is that the problems that a couple undergo while planning a baby are not mentioned. The realities like fertility issues, miscarriages, the morning sickness to painful child deliveries everything should be openly discussed.
This is because of the widespread ignorance about what all the procedure involves. Nowadays, couples have all information about how to avoid pregnancy, with so many contraceptives in the form of pills, intra-uterine devices being available in the market. However, do they know what to do when they are planning a pregnancy, but their bodies are not cooperating? The answer is NO! For pregnancy to occur everything should work in synchronisation, right from a woman’s menstrual cycle to ovulation and hormonal balance, followed by timed intercourse and good quality sperm so that it can increase the chances of pregnancy.
Life is not a bed of roses; it’s always not that two people genuinely in love can will themselves to becoming parents. Destiny though plays its part, but you must be aware when to visit an infertility specialist if you are facing difficulties in conceiving. Awareness is the key before starting any treatment. Thanks to Media and internet today, at least we come to know about many such options, nowadays celebrities are coming out in the open and talking about their pregnancy well in their 40’s, i.e. at an advanced maternal age. Young women who are too keen to focus on their career at present can have the option of egg freezing and “Motherhood can be a choice” for them until they find their Mr Right! Not only that, but fertility preservation can also be a boon to people who undergo cancer treatment, or people who face autoimmune or genetic diseases.
Michelle Obama’s revelation recently where she acknowledges that she and Barack Obama used IVF treatment to conceive both their daughters. This can be an eye-opener to many such childless couples. She has been kind enough to share her side of the story. A well-educated high-profile woman was also affected by infertility. The first lady talks about the need for her to have both her children through IVF: her miscarriage, her biological clock ticking with limited egg reserve. Moreover, why she thought Assisted Reproductive Technology as a means to conceive. IVF can be tiring both physically as well as mentally when you are going through the process, but once you have achieved what you wanted, the turmoil, the tiredness all fades away.
Our bodies are incredible machines that can tell us when something is wrong. However, to recognise the warning signs, we must understand how our bodies feel when everything is functioning normally. Fertility is the crucial function of this machine. Understanding what fertility is all about may help to prevent infertility. If you carefully read your body, it will help you to understand what is happening when you try to conceive naturally, by helping you optimise your fertile periods. Both men and women should understand what fertility is, which will help them to face infertility. Correct diagnosis and seeking treatment at the right time may help you before it becomes too late.
Read your body, 10 things that should be kept in mind while planning a pregnancy:
There are possible early warning signs of infertility which you should be aware of or might face difficulty getting pregnant if the signs and symptoms are ignored. While some couples may have no signs and symptoms, but if you face any of the following, then should consider seeking treatment at the earliest.
This is the deciding stage when you need to consider IVF to conceive. Choose your Doctor and choose the fertility clinic wisely. A lot would depend on the doctors and embryologist skills who does the procedure. Talk to your doctor and ask her about the details of the procedure, its pros, its cons. And there are some cases when a doctor will suggest IVF. The indications of IVF are:
In general, it is seen that about 80 percent of couples will conceive within the first six months if they are following the 10 things that are mentioned above and about 90 percent will get pregnant after a year if they are having well-timed sexual intercourse. But, if you don’t get pregnant after a year of trying naturally, then you should visit a doctor. If you’re 35 years old or older, then you should see your doctor after six months of trying, and if you are 40 or above, then you should see a doctor immediately.