Common Fertility Problems
Infertility is defined as not being able to conceive (get pregnant) after one year or more of trying. In fact, 1 in 6 couples is infertile, yet this is often a silent struggle. 1/3 of the cases are from the female partner, 1/3 of the cases are from the male partner, and 1/3 is either both or unknown.
Tubal Blockage refers to a blocked fallopian tube, which is the passage for sperm to get to the eggs, as well as the path back to the uterus for the fertilized egg.
One in four women with infertility have a tubal blockage. However, if only one tube is blocked, an egg may still be fertilized through the other tube.
Sperm Quality begins to reduce around age 40-45. During spermatogenesis, the production of sperm, defects may occur, which can affect the morphology, count, and motility of the sperm.
Decreased sperm count will affect chances of conception. Discrepancies in sperm quality can be diagnosed through a semen analysis.