The inability to conceive children can be a very depressing experience for a lot of people, but while infertility may seem like an incurable disease (as it was commonly thought of in the past) today it usually be cured with the help of prescription drugs, natural remedies or homeopathic therapy. It merely takes a diagnosis and treatment in order to try and cure such problems. There are many causes of infertility in women, but here are some very basic reasons why you may not be able to conceive:
Ovulatory Disorders – ovulatory disorders are one of the main causes of female infertility, amounting to some 30% of reported cases of infertility. There are four basic types of ovulatory disorders which result in infertility, each with specific subcategories that account for cases which are either genetic or incurred.
Hormonal problems are one of the most common causes of infertility in women. The body’s inability to properly regulate hormones required to release healthy eggs that are receptive and capable of fertilization (called anovulation) is one of the most common causes of infertility, so common in fact that it has been used successfully to induce contraceptive activity. There are three primary causes of hormonally-induced infertility:
• The Inability to Produce Mature Eggs – some 50% of infertile women are unable to produce mature eggs due to the imbalance of hormones which regulate the production and eventual maturity of the eggs. Furthermore, the imbalance of hormones usually causes the ovaries to cease the production of normal follicles where eggs can mature prior to being released, thus releasing ova which are not receptive to fertilization. One of the primary disorders which result in the body’s inability to produce mature ova is known as polycystic ovary syndrome, a disease which once it has progressed, can become a factor in the eventual development of breast and ovarian cancer.
• Hypothalamic problems – the hypothalamus is a minute portion of the brain which regulates the function of the pituitary gland. This sends hormonal stimuli which act as the trigger to inducing egg maturation. In the event of hypothalamic failure, the inability of the pituitary gland to trigger egg maturation will result in infertility. Hypothalamic disorders account for around 20% of the causes of female infertility.
• Pituitary Disorders – responsible of the production of FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) and LH (Luteinizing hormone), the pituitary glands are also responsible for the regulation of the hormones responsible for growth as well as fertility. When the pituitary gland produces too much or too little of FSH or LH, the chemical imbalance can cause female infertility. This can be brought about either due to injury or an inherent genetic anomaly, both of which can be treated effectively.
• Ovarian Scarring – extensive or invasive surgeries can cause ovarian scarring which can halt the maturity of the follicles, thus hampering the ovulation. Further complications may arise when multiple surgeries result in infection, thus causing infertility.
• Premature Menopausal Syndrome – this is one of the rare causes of infertility in women which is still a considerable medical anomaly. It is believed that women who start their periods at an early age are more susceptible to premature menopause as their eggs are depleted more easily. Conflicting studies have also attributed this cause of infertility to genetic disorders that have yet to be studied in depth. One of the rarer causes of infertility in women, premature menopause is reputedly curable through the help of homeopathic and traditional herbal remedies, though medical experts advise against procuring and using herbal cures of any form, attributing very little to no therapeutic effect to these natural concoctions.
Female infertility has been a cultural and social stigma which would have been a shameful thing for a woman to bear. Nowadays, with the help of modern medicine, even the most seemingly incurable cases of infertility can be safely and effectively treated.