A couple is said to be infertile if pregnancy does not result after one year of normal sexual activity without contraceptives. About 25 percent of couples experience infertility at some point in their lives. The incidence of infertility increases with age. The male partner contributes to about 40 percent of cases of infertility. A combination of factors is common. Factors to consider, in consultation with your physician: Adequate sperm production and semen delivery (impaired for 40 percent of couples who seek fertility evaluation) Regularly occurring ovulation (impaired for 20 percent) A functional pathway through the cervix , uterus, and fallopian tubes and a uterine environment able to sustain embryo implantation and growth (impaired for 30 percent) Intercourse frequency and timing that allows an opportunity for conception (impaired for many couples, percentage unknown) Cervical mucus that is adequate in amount and composition (impaired for less than 5 percent) Adequate progesterone producti...
Throughout our lives, women and girls share information on when the best time of the month is to get pregnant, and when it is safe to be intimate without worrying about getting pregnant. But many of these theories are false and end up causing unwanted and unplanned pregnancies. The following are five common myths surrounding getting pregnant. Myth #1 – You cannot get pregnant if you are having your period. It is commonly thought that a woman is fertile and able to get pregnant between the 10 th and 17 th day of their cycle. According to this theory, it would not be possible to become pregnant during your period, which is the beginning of the monthly cycle. A study completed in 2000 by the National Institute of Environmental Sciences shows this is not necessarily true. Two percent of the women participating in the study entered their fertile cycle four days into their cycle and an additional 17% of the women became fertile by the seventh day. Sperm can live inside a woman...
Painful sexual intercourse; Dyspareunia
For painful intercourse in women after pregnancy:
Wait at least 6 weeks after childbirth before resuming sexual relations.
Be gentle and patient.
Use lubrication as needed.
For vaginal dryness/inadequate lubrication:
Try water-based lubricants.
If you are going through menopause and lubricants don't work, talk to your doctor about estrogen creams or other prescription medications.
For painful intercourse caused by prostatitis:
Soak in a warm bath.
Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid alcohol and caffeine.
Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Take antibiotics as prescribed.
For hemorrhoids, try stool softeners. Antibiotics may be required for urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted infections, or vaginal infections.
Other causes of painful intercourse may require prescription medications or, rarely, surgery.
Sex therapy may be hel...
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