Infertility Is More Common Than You Think
Infertility is the inability to conceive a child naturally and affects both men and women. Though you may not know someone who is having difficulty conceiving, it is much more common than you think. According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 12 percent of women ages 15 to 44 in the U.S. alone have difficulty becoming or staying pregnant.
The ways in which couples or individuals discover infertility may vary, but most couples experience these four phases:
Phase 1: Conceiving Naturally
After you and your partner have decided it’s time to start a family, you both stop using birth control and let nature take its course. At this time, you may not be tracking your fertility window and may be having sex whenever the mood is right.
Phase 2: Mild Concern
It’s been a couple of months and your period continues to be consistent and on time. You may start to wonder if your timing is off. During this phase, you may try to be more clever and start utilizing ovulation trackers to understand your fertility window.
Now that you know when you are ovulating, you plan accordingly, hoping for a positive result. Unfortunately, no signs of pregnancy occur. You start to become concerned and compare your situation to those of your friends and family who were able to conceive in the same amount of time.
Phase 3: Uneasiness
It’s been months, maybe a year, since you’ve started trying. Tracking your ovulation and planning accordingly has not been successful. You and your partner start to google reasons why you’re not able to conceive with the hope of finding a new method. You try the recommended methods, but the result is the same. Uneasiness sets in and you both decide it’s time to see a fertility 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.