Female infertility by definition, is not being able to get pregnant after one year of trying. Or after 6 months for women over 35. Women who can get pregnant but are unable to stay pregnant are also considered infertile.
Celebrities like Kim Kardashian West, Chrissy Teigen and Nicole Kidman opened up about their experience.
The post you see here is a pregnant Anne Hathaway.
She captions: ” All kidding aside, for everyone going through infertility and conception hell, please know it was not a straight line to either of my pregnancies. Sending you extra love “
Anne Hathaway, shared her story. She had told The Associated Press on Saturday about the emotional struggles she had to deal with while trying to get pregnant, describing it as very isolating.
It is an emotionally hard condition to experience, most women or men that have it, never saw it coming… For female infertility, it’s not always age, and it’s not easy to go through the battle.
The Statistics For Female Infertility:
The medical condition is more common than we might think…
About 10 percent of women (6.1 million) in the United States. Ages between 15-44 years old have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant. This is according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
…And it’s not limited to women.
Both men & women can suffer from infertility. There are various causes to infertility in men as well. An example would be Cystic Fibrosis, which is a condition that creates a blockage of the sperm canal, not allowing it to make it to the semen. Thus, making the egg fertilization impossible. 97% of men with Cystic Fibrosis are infertile.
So What Causes Female Infertility?
Problems with ovulation are the main cause of female infertility in most cases. If no ovulation occurs at all, there will be no eggs to be fertilized. There is no obvious set of signs to know if you’re ovulating whatsoever. But if you have an irregular or absent menstrual period, it might tell you something about your ovulation, and there might be some problems with that.
Now what exactly can go wrong with ovulation?
One of the most commonly known reasons behind ovulation problems and female infertility is PCOS: Polysistyc Ovarian Syndrome. It is in fact THE most common cause of female infertility. Women with this condition experience an overproduction of estrogen, which leads them to not ovulate.
Female infertility can also be caused by a blockage in fallopian tubes. This can be due to some other conditions such as Endometriosis and Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. Although these are considered as less common causes.
Other factors that increase the risk:
- Alcohol (excessive use)
- Unhealthy diet
- Unbalanced weight
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
What It feels Like To Be An Infertile Woman
Every woman experiences infertility in a different way. And no matter what was the cause for it, it’s always a painful experience.
Being infertile is not only about not getting pregnant. Female infertility is so much more than that… It makes a woman question her everything. It makes her feel that her body is not doing what it was born to do. She tries to achieve a pregnancy through medical help. Except it makes her feel somewhat inferior to other women, who can get pregnant naturally. She would blame herself for her condition which is why self love here is a REAL challenge.
Because suddenly, everybody else seems to make pregnancy announcements. However, despite all efforts she still can’t relate to any of that. Disappointment is waiting behind every visit to the doctor.
However, of course there are cases of women that succeeded in getting pregnant and had a healthy birth. Medical assistance is what infertile couples go for, trying again using assisted reproductive technologies.
Which leads us to our next point…
Pregnancy After Infertility or Miscarriage
There are chances for pregnancy with this condition. But it is no regular pregnancy, even if it is completely healthy and safe. It is hard for a woman who failed multiple times to consider herself just like any other future mom. The anxiety is probably killing her because she can’t trust her body anymore. She is frustrated in between ultra-sounds.
Yes, she has been waiting and dreaming about this pregnancy, but she feels like she doesn’t belong. An average pregnant woman can’t understand her feelings, but she also can’t talk to a woman still battling infertility.
Feeling like she shouldn’t complain about pregnancy symptoms, fear of maternal mortality (which is still high in many developed countries). She also has a fear of preparing for a birth, a fear of bonding and getting attached to her child. She just can’t trust her body anymore, and her pregnancy is not an emotional roller coaster. It’s the whole attraction park.
How Medical Treatment Could Help
Without any intervention or treatment, 15 to 20 percent of couples previously diagnosed as infertile will eventually become pregnant. More than half of couples who seek infertility treatment get pregnant without advanced techniques such as in vitro fertilization. This is good news. But that should not mean that infertile couples shouldn’t consider a treatment. Most doctors would recommend going through an Assisted Reproductive Technology treatment, which includes different methods to ensure fertilization happens. Including :
- Ovulation Induction (OI)
- Artificial Insemination (AI)
- Donor conception
- In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)
After a dark night, the sun will always rise…
I know it is not as simple as it sounds, but hope is what keeps us alive. Don’t battle your condition on your own, seek professional help. Your body is worthy of your love, and so are you.
Kim Kardashian West’s Experience
Kim Kardashian West bravely shared her story, detailing her struggles with getting pregnant with baby no2 back in 2015 .
The reality TV star spoke about her experience with female infertility saying that doctors said all sorts of things to her: one would say that she’ll need her uterus removed, the other would say that she’ll have to utilize a surrogate, while others said that everything would be just fine.
Allow yourself to be vulnerable, and don’t feel pressured to feel a certain way. Sending you all the love and support on your very special journey.