Infertility Part One
Inability to conceive is a problem for an increasing number of couples worldwide. Not only is it heartbreaking, but it can take a toll on finances as well.
Approximately 1/3 of infertility has a cause that can be found in the woman, about 1/3 has a cause that can be found in the man, and the cause for the remaining third is unknown or a combination of the two partners.
First, we can rule out basic factors that decrease fertility. Not only can smoking tobacco and marijuana decrease fertility, but certain common medications can have the same unintended side effects. These include some common antibiotics, anti-gout medications, chemotherapeutic agents, and medicines for stomach ulcers. Once medications and smoking have been ruled out, the next thing your doctor will do is make sure that all the plumbing is present and connected. For women, this may include a scan of the uterus and fallopian tubes to make sure they are open.