Overcoming Infertility With Modern Techniques

March 8th, 2009 healthwiki Health Resources 0

Childlessness may be a tragedy for the married couple and a of marital upset, personal unhappiness and ill health. Infertility often plays a major role in breaking the marital bridge and important cause of separation between partners.

According to the experts, infertility is considered when a couple is unable to achieve conception after one year of unprotected coitus. If you have been trying to conceive for more than a year, there is a chance that something may be interfering with your efforts to have a child.

Infertility may be due to a single cause in either you or your partner or a combination of factors that may prevent a pregnancy from occurring or continuing.

In any series of infertile marriage, the main etiological factor is found in the female in about 40 percent of cases; about 35 percent of the husbands concerned have some degree of infertility. In 10-20 per cent of cases a combination of factors operates and rest has unexplained infertility.

In majority of cases female infertility is due to the obstruction in fallopian tube, loss of motility of tube, polycystic ovarian syndrome diabetes, thyroid disorder etc. Whereas in case of male, factor implies a lack of sufficient numbers of competent sperm, resulting in failure to fertilise the normal ovum. Other important causes are varicocele, genetic predisposition, occupational and environmental factor.

Sexual inadequacy is one of the important factors contributing to infertility. It is important to realise that the age of a woman is a factor to be considered and there should not be any delay in offering suitable treatment for the couple.

Over the past decades, there has been much improvement in the treatment of both infertile female as well as the male. Assisted conception is one of them. It is the facilitation of natural conception by some form of scientific interventions.

In Bangladesh assisted reproduction technology has become a promising one. Technologies available in the country include IUI (Intrauterine Insemination), IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) and ICSI (Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection).

In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is the most effective ART technique. IVF involves retrieving mature eggs from a woman, fertilising them with a man’s sperm in a dish in a laboratory and implanting the embryos in the uterus three to five days after fertilisation. IVF often is recommended when both fallopian tubes are blocked. It is also widely used for a number of other conditions, such as endometriosis, unexplained infertility, cervical factor infertility, male factor infertility and ovulation disorders.

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) technique consists of a microscopic technique (micro-manipulation) in which a single sperm is injected directly into an egg to achieve fertilisation in conjunction with the standard IVF procedure. ICSI has been especially helpful in couples who have previously failed to achieve conception with standard techniques. For men with low sperm concentrations, ICSI dramatically improves the likelihood of fertilisation.

IUI technique attempts to assist the implantation of the embryo into the lining of the uterus. With this advancement it is possible to treat the vast majority of subfertile couple successfully and give them the child they so desire.

Marriage Conflict is a Normal Part of Married Life

December 23rd, 2008 healthwiki Health Resources 0

Marriage conflict is a normal part of married life. When two people start life together by the bond of marriage, conflict is bound to happen.Each person has had different life experience, and undoubtedly, has different expectations of marriage and from his/her spouse. Therefore, each one is going to react differently to life’s challenges.

Marital conflicts are not bad in themselves. It is our response to the conflicts that can be either helpful or harmful. Conflict can range from a minor disagreement over what to have for dinner tonight to the extreme of abuse.

Conflicts over monetary matters, in-laws/parents, time given to each other, domination/control of one partner, insensitivity toward the spouses feelings, unilateral decisions being made, conflict over interests, children and individual lifestyles are common.

Many marital conflicts are caused by lack of good communication. The problem of “not listening” becomes extremely evident, if you raise an unpleasant topic, ask for something or criticise a person. The accused partner may feel very uncomfortable and tries to prepare a defense or some way to get rid of the unpleasant talk.

Conflict is a reality in all marriages. How you deal with that conflict is the ultimate test of your ability to communicate as a couple.

Ignoring a conflict would never be a wise option as what might seem trivial at the surface, certainly would have some unattended underlying issue. Marital conflict stems out of unmet need, want and desire. When one person needs or wants something badly enough, and the other person is unwilling or unable to meet that need, resentment grows.

The first step in resolving any marital conflict is to understand what the conflict is all about. Once you have taken that step, without being defensive during your investigation, the solutions become much more apparent.

Some measures that can be taken to resolve conflicts or minimise conflicts in a marriage are highlighted below:

* Be kind, gentle and loving to each other

* Create a non-threatening environment of understanding

* Providing more empathy than sympathy

* Avoid cutting remarks that could start the “insult cycle”

* Try to keep your emotions under control

* Be willing to forgive

* Take joint decisions: Share your goals with each other

* Couples must approach each other with kindness and concern

* Be careful of your words: If you are angry, wait until you calm down before continuing the conversation

* Show appreciation for what your spouse does

* Communicate: It is better to deal with problems early and honestly than to let them pile up until an explosion occurs

* Do not drag the past

* Admit your mistakes

Marriage is a personal union of individuals. Good marital relationship requires patience, kindness, humility, sacrifice, empathy, love, understanding, forgiveness, and hard work. Following these principles should help any marriage to improve.

The essence of them all can be summed up in one sentence: Always treat your spouse the way you would like to be treated. If you follow this rule, your marriage will have a much greater chance for success. If you discard this rule, failure is just around the corner.