Focus on Fertility
If you’ve had trouble conceiving, you’re not alone: according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, about 12 percent of women report problems conceiving or carrying a baby to term. Doctors recommend seeking a fertility evaluation after one year of trying without success; six months if the woman is over 30. Today’s fertility experts can often pinpoint problems and recommend treatments that take the frustration out of starting a family.
Many conditions can cause infertility. Health and Human Services estimates fertility problems are equally divided into three categories: male, female and unknown. Lifestyle choices can affect the ability to reproduce in both sexes. Alcohol, drugs and smoking, unhealthy weight and poor diet can all increase the risk of infertility. Sometimes causes can be more complex.
Most female infertility disorders revolve around ovulation in some way. However, scar tissue on ovaries and the uterus, ovarian cysts or uterine fibroids can block conception. Men mainly deal with sperm quality. Testicle injuries or defects and exposure to environmental toxins can contribute to low sperm quality.
Infertility treatments are based on the specific cause. They range from taking ovulation stimulation drugs to in vitro fertilization, in which healthy embryos are implanted in the uterus after fertilization in a lab. No treatment guarantees a woman will become pregnant, but millions of couples are raising healthy families after seeking help from fertility specialists. Talk to your doctor, early and in-depth, to get the best treatment plan for you.
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