Infertility has been like a thorn in human flesh in our present day community. The inability for couples to conceive despite them having regular sexual intercourse has been a bother to many people. Many physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other primary care providers lack basic skills or are inexperienced in tackling this problem further worse its state in our society. Those facing infertility challenges wouldn’t suffer much if only they came along experienced and quite knowledgeable primary care providers to deal with their problem.
Infertility education for primary care providers
Primary care is actually the care given be specifically trained physicians equipped with comprehensive skills to persons with a particular health concern. A primary care provider is the person who offers this care and works like an advocate of his patient to the health care system. Infertility can be defined as is the complicatedness in conceiving a pregnancy. Infertility is a term that cannot tell whether the inability to conceive is just for sometime or permanent. Well, according to the research done, couples are considered to be infertile having not conceived for a period of not less than one year. This is when they do not use birth control but have normal intercourse. Recent research shows that around 15% – 20 % of couples won’t conceive a pregnancy having them tried for a year or more but not that they cannot conceive later. Infertility may not be a permanent problem and can be overcome with treatment but in a case where a couple can never conceive even with use of treatment referred to as sterility. Sterility is permanent state.
For many years and especially in the ancient world infertility was taken completely as a female’s problem. But it’s good to know that now it’s known that a man can be the actual problem in a couple’s infertility. In fact, 10% of couples tested with infertility both man and woman equally contribute to this infertility. Whether the cause of infertility is disclosed or not it is a necessity that both the man and the woman should participate actively towards the treatment.
Infertility can occur even to a person who has ever conceived in his life time. In this case it is called secondary fertility. A couple that had conceived a pregnancy in the past can be unable to conceive after due to newly generated factor such as an infection. After giving birth to the last child, an infection may damage the reproductive organs. Age may also be a contributing factor to infertility when couples are growing old day by day. Research done shows that secondary infertility appears in most cases compared to the other infertility where a couple has never conceived. Patients suffering from secondary infertility mostly require emotional support because they are mostly emotionally disturbed.
Generally aging factor is a major contributor to infertility problems. Women in particular who are 30 years and above have a declining fertility pattern. At the age bracket of 35-45 years their condition becomes steeper. Old women rarely get pregnant ad even if they get pregnant they are more prone to loosing it through miss courage. Regular medication that may occur in life time may cause damage to the reproductive system of an aging woman. Stress also can be a contributing factor to infertility because resent study shows that stress can affect both sperm and egg production.
Infertility can be prevented if only a couple could follow certain strategies .it is advisable for a couple to seek immediate treatment of STDs infection. They cause more damage to fertility when they are not treated completely. Also selecting a birth control method should be a matter to discuss and make careful decision considering both the long term and the short term effect on the future. A couple should also be patient and give an enough time frame for conception.
Fertility can be cured but not in all cases. There are some successful treatments that correct infertility factors. However it is advisable for one to major on preventing infertility by following some living strategies than treating infertility in future because prevention is better than cure.