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Infertility is something that affects both, men and women, but when a couple is unable to have a baby even after trying for a very long time, most people assume (including the couple themselves) that the woman is infertile. This is something which can be attributed   to the fact that we live in a male dominated society that fails or chooses not to recognize that men can be infertile too.

Today, there are a large number of advancements in the field of infertility treatment for men as well as for women. However, female infertility is far more complex than male infertility. This is primarily because the female reproductive system is much more complex than the male reproductive system. And when it comes to making babies, the woman has a much more important role to play.

In comparison, the man has a very simple role; all he has to do is deposit a good number of high quality sperm in his partner’s vagina. Now, look at the role the woman has to play:

  • She produces the eggs
  • Transports  the embryo via the fallopian tubes to the uterus
  • Nurtures the embryo in her uterus

Invasive Medical Procedures 

What this means is that since she is doing so much, there are a larger number of things that can go wrong with her too. The chances of medical problems are far higher, in the female reproductive tract; this is what makes female infertility a very complex issue.

The other fact to note here is that infertility treatment also involves a large number of medical procedures – many of which can be pretty invasive. This is the case regardless of whether the problem is male infertility or female infertility, it’s the woman has to go through more complex treatment procedures.

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Female infertility- The causes

What makes matters worse is that since actually giving birth is also the woman’s job, women who are infertile have to deal with just too many social and personal stresses, because of their infertility. The most common reasons for female infertility include:

  • Problems with ovulation or egg production
  • Tubal factor issues
  • Endometriosis
  • Cervical mucus problems
  • In some cases, we are just unable to ascertain what the issue is- this is referred  to as unexplained infertility
  • Some women are able to conceive, but they may have problems with carrying the pregnancy to term. This is referred to as recurrent pregnancy loss

Some simple solutions

Despite all this, the good news is that even though these various problems may be complex, the solution itself tends to be a simple one, in most cases. We are able to bypass all these problems with the use of IVF (In Vitro Fertilization). Using this treatment, we are able to do in the lab what isn’t taking place in the bedroom, because nature is playing games with the couple’s fertility.

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Authored by : Dr Aniruddha Malpani, MD and reviewed by Dr Anjali Malpani.

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