Reasons why you're not getting pregnant

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Are you having a difficulty getting pregnant? There is always a reason as to why you're not getting pregnant! Women of all reproductive ages can experience this. So it doesn't matter if you're a younger or older woman, it can happen to you! Also, infertility doesn't always result from the woman; it can be from the man also or from both. So therefore we have:
  • Female infertility (a problem with the female)
  • Male infertility (a problem with the male)
  • A shared problem (both female and male have problems)
  • Unexplained (the cause of the infertility is not known)

Some reasons why you're not getting pregnant are:
- Age
 The number of eggs that a female produce decreases with age.

- Your partner has high levels of abnormal sperm and a low sperm count
An abnormal sperm cannot fertilize an egg. So, therefore, a lot of these and a low sperm count can lead to infertility.

- Poor sperm mobility
The sperm cannot reach the egg.

- Hormone disorders
Two examples are:

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

  •  Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine disorder which prevents mature eggs from forming.

  •  Endometriosis
The endometrium is the layer that lines the uterus and you shed a part of this as your menstrual flow each month (Read: Understanding your menstrual cucle). If some of the endometrial tissue grows outside the uterus this will result in endometriosis. Consequently, this can lead to infertility if it grows on/in certain reproductive places and prevents them from performing their functions. For example:
  • Fallopian tubes
It blocks the fallopian tubes and it will prevent the egg and sperm from traveling.

  • Ovaries
Prevents it from releasing an egg (ova).

- Weight issues
If you are overweight or even underweight it will reduce your chances of getting pregnant.

- Cervical mucus
Too little or too thick mucus can prevent the sperm from entering the uterus.

- Infection 
For example, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
In a female they can prevent the fallopian tubes from performing their duty. This happens when they cause it to get scarred or blocked.
In a male, they can cause a blockage in the vas deferens or reduce the number of sperm that they produce.

- Erectile dysfunction

- You/your partner uses alcohol and drugs
These leads to both male and female infertility.

If you're having trouble getting pregnant, it is better to find out why rather than to live a life of not knowing.