25 April 2016

Infertility Top 10s


Please note, these lists are compiled from web sources. Many sources have different information and I encourage you to do research. The top of every top 10 for me would be: Do what works for YOU! 
Also, "top 10" is clean - you'll see some of these lists have 10+/-. 


  1. Ovulation Disorder
  2. Hormone Imbalance
  3. Low Sperm Count
  4. Poor Sperm Health
  5. Blocked Fallopian Tube(s)
  6. Endometriosis
  7. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  8. Poor Egg Health
  9. Anti-Sperm Antibodies
  10. Vas Deferens Blockage
  11. Combination Infertility (multiple causes)
  12. Unexplained Infertility


  1. Fertility Drugs
  2. Artificial Insemination
  3. Donor Sperm
  4. In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
  5. Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
  6. Donor Eggs
  7. Surrogacy
  8. Donor Embryos
  9. Reproductive Surgery
  10. Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer (GIFT)
  11. Zygote Intrafallopian Transfer (ZIFT)
  12. Adoption (this is a resolution to fertility problems)

(source: parents.com)


  1. Eat right and ensure proper nutrition
  2. Exercise
  3. Don’t Drink or Smoke
  4. Don’t Douche
  5. Know when you ovulate
  6. Try to Establish a Regular Cycle
  7. Time Intercourse When You are Ovulating
  8. Use the “Missionary” Position
  9. Address Possible Male Factors
  10. See a Fertility Specialist After 1 Year of Trying-To-Conceive


  1. Infertility is almost always a woman's problem.
  2. Many infertile couples are trying too hard. If they would just relax, they would conceive right away.
  3. Most couples can conceive any time they want.
  4. Women don't start to lose their fertility until their late 30s or early 40s.
  5. Boxer shorts and loose pants are the ideal garb for prospective fathers.
  6. Little can be done to improve a man's sperm count.
  7. A man's fertility doesn't change with age.
  8. Vasectomy reversals are rarely successful.
  9. Infertility means you can't have a child.
(source: healthday.com)


  1. Fight your fears. Face the problem head on.
  2. Don’t waste energy on being angry.
  3. Remember your partner is your teammate.
  4. Dont settle if you aren’t happy with your specialist.
  5. Build a support system.
  6. Try building up the courage to share your story.
  7. It’s okay to be sad.
  8. Set limits for yourself.
  9. Take breaks.
  10. Find other things in your life that make you happy.
  11. Educate yourself.
  12. Learn to look after yourself better.
  13. Get healthy.
  14. Do not lose hope.



Do's

  1. Let them know that you care.
  2. Do your research.
  3. Act interested.
  4. Ask them what they need.
  5. Provide extra outreach to your male friends.
  6. When appropriate, encourage therapy.
  7. Support their decision to stop treatment.
  8. Remember them on Mother's and Father’s Day.
  9. Attend difficult appointments with them.
  10. Watch their older kids.
  11. Offer to be an exercise buddy.
  12. Let them know about your pregnancy.

Don'ts

  1. Don't tell them to relax.
  2. Don't minimize the problem.
  3. Don't say there are worse things that could happen.
  4. Don't say they are not meant to be parents.
  5. Don't ask why they are not trying IVF.
  6. Don't push adoption or another solution.
  7. Don’t say, “You’re young, you have plenty of time to get pregnant.”
  8. Don't gossip about your friend's condition.
  9. Don't be crude. Don't make crude jokes about your friend's vulnerable position.
  10. Don't complain about your pregnancy.
  11. Don’t question their sadness about being unable to conceive a second child.
  12. Don’t ask whose “fault” it is.
  13. On the other hand, don’t assume the infertility is female factor. 



(source: resolve.org)


5 comments:

  1. So many good top 10's. You compiled a great list

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    1. Thank you caroline! I love your blog. Let me know if you'd like to collaborate.
      Your views in faith and fertility are so important and a huge part of our journey as well.

      Prayers with you!

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