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a blog by Helen Denise, CEO, Knowhen®, May 14, 2013

For some couples, conceiving a baby is as easy A-B-C, and as simple as 1-2-3. All Jackson 5 rhetoric aside, it is true that the vast majority of all couples trying to conceive will achieve success naturally. By naturally, we mean without the help of a fertility specialist. However, a staggering 10 percent of women trying to become pregnant will eventually be diagnosed with infertility. Doesn’t sound like much? When you consider that there are approximately 4 million births annually in the United States alone, 10 percent suddenly affects the lives of a lot of women.

Now we delve into the topic of why some women are infertile. The answer unfortunately is not universal. While some women who are diagnosed with infertility may go on to conceive, the process by which they typically do it is about as long as it takes to suffocate from anticipation, and as expensive as the vacation you could never take.

There are 3 main categories that lead to infertility: age, health problems, and lifestyle factors. There is a lot of research to suggest that ovulation generally takes a rapid nose-dive after the age of 35. While menstrual cycles tend to be normal for women in their 30’s and 40’s, the eggs that ovulate are not as fertile as those of women in their 20’s.

Though there are many health related issues that can cause infertility, failure to ovulate is the most common. However, it should be noted that some women only ovulate once every 10 months, so knowing your own body and catching that valuable time should always be the first option.

Primary ovarian insufficiency is a condition wherein a woman’s ovaries fail to work properly before the age of 40, and it becomes very difficult to conceive. Another condition known as luteal phase defect occurs when the uterine lining fails to be fully prepared for pregnancy, and can often result in a miscarriage as well as stopping a fertilized egg from implanting.

The third category, although just as vexing as the others, is more controllable. A woman cannot choose whether or not she ovulates, but we all have the ability to take control of our own lifestyle. Alcohol consumption, smoking, being underweight or overweight, excessive strenuous exercise, eating disorders and even stress can have adverse effects on fertility.

If you are having trouble conceiving, it is crucial that you know why. We highly suggest that you first take a look at your lifestyle, and make any appropriate changes. Above all, knowing your body and unlocking your secret fertility code can save you countless trips to a fertility specialist, and perhaps your life savings as well.

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