When a couple is unable to conceive after 12 months of unprotected sex (6 months in case of women 35 years or older) they are very likely to be facing the problem of infertility. Though it's a painful idea for many couples, and some people might think it's the end of their baby dreams; this is not true.
Infertility affects approximately 1 in 6 couples, and so if you are facing this problem you are not alone in the boat, with changing lifestyles, environment and eating habits infertility is becoming a more common feature amongst couples. And contrary to the popular perception; most form of infertility are treatable and in many cases the couple are able to conceive themselves, or have a baby via surrogacy.
Infertility does not mean the end of your baby dreams, all it means is that there are some roadblocks on your road to having a baby of your own. The journey might be longer than usual and might bring more people like, infertility doctors and other experts into your life, but it will lead you to your goal still. A baby of your own is still very much possible. So take heart in that and now let's know more about what are the types of infertility:
Types of Infertility
- Primary Infertility: Refers to the case where the couple has never had a child.
- Secondary Infertility: Refers to the case wherein the couple individually or together have had 1 or more children in the past; however some problem is impairing their fertility currently. Again as against popular perception having had child in past does not guarantee future fertility, there can be unprecedented events that can cause infertility even amongst a previously fertile couple.
Now that we have understood the types of infertility, let's have a look at how exactly the reproduction process works. This will help you in better understanding the causes of infertility in context of the human body when we discuss them later on.