Most couples experience pain during their struggle with infertility. Don’t let infertility take away the joy in your relationship by creating resentment. Your partner and you share a special connection – maintain this unity. The Infertility Doctor has some helpful advice about how you and your partner can enjoy a healthy, happy relationship during IVF.
Infertility and Your Relationship
Infertility causes couples to become obsessed with getting pregnant. Daily activities become intertwined with having a baby. Sex becomes a job – instead of an intimate, loving act. Find other activities to occupy your thoughts that do not include baby-talk. Build intimacy and restore your connection with a refreshed bucket list.
Lack of Sexual Intimacy
When sex is no longer fun – you must seek out passion and spontaneity. Don’t let your sex life become a schedule of fertility apps and thermometers. Make date night a priority and you will find a more satisfying sex life. Seek out new and exciting day trips to boost your marital connection.
Frequent and Frustrating Arguments
There will be many times when couples take their infertility frustrations out on one another. Arguments can be triggered by simply being seated in a restaurant next to a young couple with a baby. These common situations make it more difficult to live with the pain of not being able to conceive. Couples must learn how to fight fair, speak honestly, calmly, compromise, and talk to one another. Do not resort to anger and lash out because of your inner hurt. Otherwise, your spouse will become your enemy. Take comfort in the love, compassion, and empathy you share.
Successfully Treating Infertility
Infertility is a medical condition that can be successfully treated. The shame and social stigma of infertility must be dismissed with basic factual knowledge plus proactive medical attention.
- 40 percent of infertility cases are due to female-factors
- 40 percent of infertility cases are due to male-factors
- 20 percent of infertility cases are due to both male and female factors
Couples should not remain in denial of their circumstance when they are unable to conceive or carry a pregnancy to full term.
Female Infertility Factors
A woman’s fertility challenges are caused by a wide range of medical conditions hindering her reproductive system.
- Diminished Ovarian Reserve (due to natural aging)
- Ovulation Disorders (Hypothalalamic – Pituitary- Thyroid – Adrenal)
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
- Tubal Factors (blocked Fallopian tubes)
- Pelvic Factors
- Uterine Factors
- Embryo Implantation Failure
- Lifestyle Factors (Obesity – Poor Nutrition – Smoking – Lack of Exercise)
Male Infertility Factors
The most common cause of male-factor infertility is due to a medical condition.
- Lowers sperm production
- Inhibits sperm movement through the reproductive system
Diagnosed Medical Conditions
- Varicocele is a varicose vein in the scrotum that cause the testicles to overheat
- Blockage in the vas deferens or epididymis inhibits sperm movement
Diagnosed Environmental and Lifestyle Factors
These factors negatively impact sperm production and movement.
- Hot tubbing or hot baths
- Exposure to solvents or other hazardous materials (BPA in plastics) in the workplace
- Prolonged stress
Male Hormonal Imbalances
- Disorder of the pituitary
- Disorder of the hypothalamus
- Disorder of the endocrine glands
These medical conditions require specialized medical attention. Do not ignore or downplay a medical diagnosis that can have harsh consequences in the future when you decide to start a family – and cannot.
The Compassionate Infertility Doctor
It is important to work with a compassionate infertility doctor having over 38 years of clinical diagnostic and successful treatment experience.
Dr. Laurence A. Jacobs has two beautiful office located in Hoffman Estates IL and Buffalo Grove IL. Dr. Jacobs is the Senior Doctor at Fertility Centers of Illinois and has privileges in 10 fertility clinic locations and 2 IVF centers located in the Chicagoland area. After you consult with Dr. Jacobs, you can choose from all convenient locations to pursue your customized IVF treatment plan.
Click the icon below to schedule your consultation with Dr. Laurence Jacobs – or – call 888.325.7389.