Life is a beautiful, precious thing. Our bodies are naturally designed to carry, birth, and nurture offspring — some may say that this biological design is reflective of our true purpose on this planet. While pregnancy may come easily to some, there are many women who are unable to get pregnant for a number of reasons. Thanks to a growing number of breakthroughs within obstetrics and gynaecology (OB/GYN) however, doctors are helping an increasing number of women find solutions to questions of infertility.
The Biological Countdown
Our bodies are always racing the clock. The average age that women in the United States reach menopause and are biologically unable to conceive is 51 years; there are cases of premature menopause that may affect women under the age of 40 however. While many women consider menopause to be the clock that they are trying to beat, studies suggest that as women age it becomes more difficult to conceive. After the age of 35, a study found that there was only a 30% chance of conceiving in any given month. In addition to the difficulty to conceive, many experts suggest that getting pregnant after age 35 could result in serious pregnancy complications that could potentially endanger the life of the mother and child alike.
Many women are younger than 35 and yet are still unable to conceive. Clinically speaking, infertility is the failure to conceive after one year of trying regardless of the cause. Statistics suggest that up to 10% of women have difficulty conceiving and may suffer from infertility from either themselves or their sexual partner. Approximately 44% of women with infertility have sought out medical assistance — that is approximately 7.4 million women across the nation. After consulting with a medical expert, around 65% were able to give birth to healthy children. Even women who have had tubal ligation, or their tubes tied, may change their mind later in life — a reversal can be done surgically and with 75% of women achieving pregnancy after tubal reversal.
How Doctors Restore Fertility Through Tuboplasty
Around 85% to 90% of attempts to restore fertility are through drug therapy or surgical procedures also referred to as tuboplasty. Tuboplasty attempts to surgically restore function to the Fallopian tubes, as many cases of infertility is directly related to tubal infertility. Restoring fertility through tuboplasty can have a success rate as high as 65% and can help women conceive in as little as four to six months. Tuboplasty is an alternative way to restore fertility without the need for in vitro fertilization (IVF) which takes eggs from the patient and inseminates them in a laboratory before transferring the fertilized egg into the uterus. For couples looking to naturally conceive, consult with an OB/GYN to determine the best cause of action to tackle the question of infertility head-on.