Making the decision to have a child is one of the most important choices that any couple will ever make together. After all, bringing a child into the world means being able to support the child both financially and emotionally. Some couples who are ready to have a child, however, are not able to for a variety of different reasons.
At some point, the couple will need to consider whether or not they should consult with a fertility specialist. However, become a fertility specialist comes into the picture, it will be important for the couple to evaluate all of the possible ways that their lifestyle factors might affect their ability to conceive.
Theoretically, if a couple is having unprotected sex on a regular basis, they should be able to conceive within a year of trying. Some couples do end up conceiving, but also face several miscarriages. If this is something that the couple is experiencing, then it is best to see a fertility specialist right away.
How could lifestyle habits affect a couple's ability to conceive? First of all, it is important to consider the possibility fertility problems that a man could have. Some men, because of stress issues, have low sperm counts. The extreme stress that the man is feeling affects his hormonal system, which in turn hinders his sexual performance.
Stress can also be a fact when it comes to the ability of a woman to conceive. Women who are constantly stressed out will find that their menstrual cycles will be irregular, and at times might not menstruate at all. So, in order to conceive naturally, it is best that a stressed out couple first work on becoming more relaxed. It goes without saying, but drugs and alcohol can also lead to lots of problems with conceiving. For example, men who are under the influence of either of these substances can experience erectile dysfunction.
If a couple is reasonably relaxed, and does not indulge in drugs or alcohol, then after a year of trying the couple should seek out a fertility specialist, so that he or she can determine what it causing the conception problems. First of all, the specialist will ask for a sperm sample from the male. This way, the sperm can be analyzed and checked for irregularities, or a low sperm count.
Then, the female will be asked a series of questions about her menstrual cycle, as well as any miscarriages that she might have had. Once both parties have had thorough examinations, it is then time to discuss the options. The available options will all have to do with the specific conception issues that the couple might have.
One of the most common ways to help couples with conception problems is to do in vitro fertilization. However, if the woman has had miscarriages in the past, then surrogacy is also an option, as is adoption. One thing that couples should not do is worry. Medical technology really has come a long way, and with patience, the couple will be able to start their family.