What are the Causes of the Growing Infertility Epidemic in US?
on Jan 31, 2014
by Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
Just a few short years ago, it was almost rare to hear of a couple who were going through infertility treatments. Those couples were definitely the minority.
Just a few short years ago, it was almost rare to hear of a couple who were going through infertility treatments. Those couples were definitely the minority. However, these days, almost everyone knows a couple or two (or even more!) who have been through fertility treatments in the past or are currently undergoing fertility treatments. Statistics say that upwards of 2 million couples worldwide and more than 6.7 million women are infertile. That is a huge number! So, what’s behind this seeming increase in infertility cases? Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
It’s no secret that obesity is a growing problem in the USA today. Since more people are overweight, it is harder for more people to get pregnant. Obesity affects fertility in both men and women and can really affect a couple’s ability to conceive, even if one half of a couple is overweight and the other is not. Eating a healthy, well balanced diet and making sure to get enough exercise are both great ways to try to keep your weight in check so that it doesn’t contribute to fertility problems.
Our diets are worse than they have ever been before. We eat so much stuff that is bad for us, from sugars to trans fats to foods with high salt contents. All of those unhealthy things that we eat can contribute to fertility issues. Not only can our bad diets add to an obesity problem, eating things such as trans fats can lead to sperm problems in men. For some women, eating too much sugar can cause problems like PCOS, which can hurt fertility. The best remedy for this is to make sure to eat a well balanced and healthy diet.
One of the reasons that it might seem like more and more couples are suffering from infertility, is because we are just simply more open about our fertility issues. Years ago, when couples discovered (usually by never succeeding) that they couldn’t have children, they just kept it to themselves. If they did talk about it, they only did to family or close friends, and they never pushed the issue. In the past, it was just something that happened, some people were infertile, and that was that. These days, people are more open about sharing their fertility journey, and are more open about accepting and seeking professional help.
It is important to remember that while it may seem like the infertility rate is up from what it used to be, it has actually been holding steady for the past few years. It just seems like it is more prominent these days. Since there is more openness surrounding infertility, it seems like it is more common. There are also so many more fertility treatment options out there for infertility today, which can make it seem like something everyone is talking about. It is actually good that fertility is more talked about today, and it is something that people are not afraid to talk about anymore. That means that maybe we can focus on solving the problems instead of covering them up anymore.
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Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.