All About Infertility: What It Means Not to Have a Baby

A surprising large number of women all around the world deal with female infertility. There are numerous causes and potentially numerous treatments, though it is sometimes incurable. In those situations, it is important to discuss the possibility of talking with a therapist or getting some supportive help because it can be emotionally tolling to deal with the diagnosis. The definition of female infertility is the inability to get pregnant or have a child.

Egg Cells

There are multiple causes of female infertility, including ovulation cycle disorders, anatomical deformities, endometriosis, early menopause, and cancer among others. Ovulation is defined as the release of an egg from the ovary. There can be many underlying causes of ovulation disorders, but all of them involve the inability of an ovary to release an egg. Without the release of an egg, the sperm cannot fertilize the egg, and an embryo can never be formed. Anatomical deformities can include deformities of the uterus or the fallopian tubes. These deformities can be hostile to the implantation of a fertilized egg, so the embryo has no place to grow. Endometriosis is a condition in which there is endometrial tissue, which is normally found only on the inner lining of the uterus, found outside of the uterus. This is generally a painful condition and can lead to infertility because the endometrial tissue outside the uterus goes through menstrual cycles just as the endometrial tissue in the uterus does. Menopause is the process a women goes through when she runs out of eggs and the ovary no longer ovulates. This normally occurs in middle aged women, but can rarely occur in women in their twenties and thirties. In these situations, the women no longer ovulates and therefore cannot have a baby. Cancer of any tissue, including the uterus, fallopian tubes, or ovaries, can lead to female infertility. There are many causes that are not included in this list, but these are the most common among women.


The treatment of female infertility depends on the underlying cause, which should be determined by a physician. For some underlying causes, there is no known treatment and continuing trying to have a baby could even potentially be more dangerous than stopping. Among the most commonly prescribed initial treatments for female infertility include weight loss, cessation of smoking, healthy diet, and continued sexual intercourse during the period of the ovarian cycle that is determined to be ovulation.


In conclusion, there are many underlying causes of female infertility and it is a complex diagnosis. Discussing symptoms with a doctor and running through tests prescribed can help determine an underlying cause, which can lead to options for treatment. Though treatment is not always successful, there are other options such as adoption. In addition, women diagnosed with infertility should always be recommended to talk to someone about the feelings they are experiencing.