World Infertility Month on June, 2023: What is usually called as infertility?
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The World Health Organization defines infertility as follows:
“ Infertility is the inability to conceive a child. A couple may be considered infertile if, after two years of regular sexual intercourse, without contraception, the woman has not become pregnant (and there is no other reason, such as breastfeeding or postpartum amenorrhoea). Primary infertility is infertility in a couple who have never had a child. Secondary infertility is failure to conceive following a previous pregnancy. Infertility may be caused by infection in the man or woman, but often there is no obvious underlying cause. ”
One definition of infertility that is frequently used in the United States by reproductive endocrinologists, the doctors specializing in infertility, to consider a couple eligible for treatment is:
a woman under 35 has not conceived after 12 months of contraceptive-free intercourse. Twelve months is the lower reference limit for Time to Pregnancy (TTP) by the World Health Organization.
a woman over 35 has not conceived after 6 months of contraceptive-free sexual intercourse.
These time intervals would seem to be reversed; this is an area where public policy trumps science. The idea is that for women beyond age 35, every month counts and if made to wait another 6 months to prove the necessity of medical intervention, the problem could become worse. The corollary to this is that, by definition, failure to conceive in women under 35 isn't regarded with the same urgency as it is in those over 35.
In the UK, the NICE guidelines define infertility as failure to conceive after regular unprotected sexual intercourse for 2 years in the absence of known reproductive pathology.
Infertility and Depression?
First of all I have to say how terribly sorry I am. I suffer from infertility, have for over 7 year, gone through IVF failures and loss, and my only shot left are 4 frozen embryos into a surrogate. Yeah right! I also knew someone who was LDS and infertile. She was one of the best preschool teachers I knew! It was very hard for her too.
I love your answers! Here are mine!
I've got lots! "Just relax", "Just get drunk", and "Just adopt and you'll get pregnant" tops my list.
I used to just smile not to rock the boat but after being TTC for too long and after failed IVF cycles it gets a little difficult to clench my teeth and smile when hearing those comments ( for the umpteenth time).
Here’s how it works for me now:
“Just relax and it will happen”
Old me: “I know. I just get too stressed sometimes. I better start meditating.”
New me: “Oh. You think relaxing will magically make my lost tube reappear, lower my FSH, stop my and my blocked tube clear?
“You know, I knew a lady who just stopped trying got pregnant. You should try that!”
Old me: “That must be the trick!”
New me: “Well. IVF is my only option and if I stop trying embryos will never have a chance to implant in my uterus.”
“You should just “try” everyday!”
Old me: “Oh boy my husband would love that!”
New me: “Do you like BDing with the lights off or on?”
"Go on a vacation and you'll get pregnant!"
Old me: “I bet that would relax me!”
New me: “Can I bring my reproductive endocrinologist with me?”
“Do you really want children?”
Old me: “Yes! I adore them and hope we are blessed soon!”
New me: “No. It would interfere with my drinking.”
“If you just adopt you’ll get pregnant!”
Old me: “Gasp! I’ve heard that too!”
New me: “Well, we were planning stop by the baby store later and pick one up.”
“Why don’t you just adopt?”
Old me: “That's an option we might consider at some time, just not yet”
New me: “WHY DON’T YOU “JUST” ADOPT?”
It feels good to be snarky once in awhile :) Please contact me through my profile if you need some support.
ETA: For c.
"God never meant for me not to have children. That's not my destiny; that's just a fork in the road I'm on. I've been placed on the road less traveled, and, like it or not, I'm a better person for it. Clearly, God meant for me to develop more compassion, deeper courage, and greater inner strength on this journey to resolution, and I haven't let him down.”
how common is infertility?
There are no studies showing any correlation between the pill and infertility. Many women have been on it in the last few decades and infertility rates have not increased.
I was on the pill or the ring for over 12 years. I got pregnant my first month off birth control.
Infertility is not common, but it happens to some. Once a woman goes into her 30's infertility rates rise, but that does not by any means mean you should rush into motherhood!