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Infertility Is More Common Than You Think
Infertility is the inability to conceive a child and deeply affects both men and women. Though you may not know someone who is having difficulty conceiving a child, it is much more common than you think. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 12 percent of women ages 15 to 44 in the US alone have difficulty becoming pregnant or staying pregnant. In fertility cases, about one-third of the issue is associated with the woman and one-third with the man, while the rest are due to both partners or unknown causes.
The ways in which couples or individuals discover infertility may vary, but most couples experiences these four phases:
Phase 1: Natural Attempts
After you and your partner have decided it’s time to start your family, you both stop using birth control and let nature take its course. At this time, you may not be tracking your fertile window and may be having sex whenever the mood is right.
Phase 2: Mild Concern
It’s been a couple months and your period continues to be consistent and on time. You may start wondering if your timing is off. During this phase, you may try to be more clever and start utilizing ovulation trackers to understand your fertile window. (Article: Tracking Your Fertile Window)
Now that you know when you are ovulating, you plan sex accordingly, hoping for a positive result. Unfortunately, no signs of pregnancy occur. Concerns and worried thoughts may start going through your head as you compare your situation with friends and family members who were able to conceive after this many months of trying.
Phase 3: Uneasiness
It’s been months, maybe a year, since you both started trying. Tracking your ovulation and having sex accordingly, has not been successful. You and your partner have googled the various reasons that could affect conception and try the different methods that are recommended. The result is still the same and uneasiness sets in. You both discuss the possibility of infertility and decide it’s time to see a doctor or reproductive specialist.
Phase 4: Diagnosis
While seeing your reproductive endocrinologist, you discuss your efforts and failed attempts. Your doctor may draw blood, test and evaluate hormone levels, as well as collect a sperm sample from your partner. There are several tests and evaluations your doctor will use to determine infertility. (Infertility Diagnosis and Testing) Once lab results are back, your doctor will discuss the treatment options and next steps. While the road leading to this point may not have been easy, you are not alone.
Our medical team at RSMC will help you have the family of your dreams. We specialize in challenging cases and are dedicated to helping you achieve your family goals.
Everything You Need to Know About IVF and Surrogacy/Egg Donation
Assisted reproductive technologies (ART) have come a long way and may be the solution to your infertility challenges. Couples can alleviate some of the anxiety by educating themselves on their options. It critical to get the right advice from an experienced physician.
Reproductive Sciences Medical Center differs from other fertility centers in that we are the only medical center to offer all fertility solutions and services under one roof. Since 1995, our team has successfully helped thousands of families to successfully realize their dream of a baby.
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