Many couples find it difficult to conceive after planning to start a family. Fortunately, there is hope for those struggling with infertility. Check out the following resources for more information about infertility, regarding:
- For women, infertility may be caused by an imbalance of the hormones involved in pregnancy. Learn more at the American Pregnancy Association.
- Tobacco use is associated with increased infertility in women, according to this study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.
- Hot flashes are usually a sign of menopause, but they can also be a side effect of fertility drugs. The Mayo Clinic lists some of the causes and treatments of hot flashes.
- Pesticide exposure is a possible contributing factor to male infertility, as evidenced by this study published in The Lancet and available on ScienceDirect.
- Obesity in men can diminish sex hormones and reduce overall fertility, according to a study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, made available on ScienceDirect.
- Fertility medications may be taken orally or injected. WebMD offers this background information about common fertility drugs.
- In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is one method of initiating pregnancy. Find out more about the procedure online, from the National Institutes of Health MedlinePlus encyclopedia.