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5 Common Questions About Infertility

Posted June 15, 2020 in In Vitro Fertilization, Infertility

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1. What Is Infertility? 

The medical definition of infertility is an inability of a couple of child-bearing age to successfully conceive after a year of regular unprotected sexual intercourse. It also encompasses those who may conceive but repeatedly miscarry.

A couple who have overcome infertility challenges and are now expectant parents.

A more simple definition of infertility is: 

  • When a couple under 35 years of age has trouble conceiving after a year of trying
  • When a couple over 35 years of age has trouble conceiving after six months of trying

If this is the case, fertility treatments can help. 

2. Can Infertility Affect Men and Women? 

Infertility is commonly seen as a women’s issue, but the truth is that either one or both members of a couple may be dealing with issues that can cause infertility. Men can have lowered sperm counts or unhealthy sperm. Women can have difficulties with ovulation or hormonal imbalances. There is no way to be sure of the exact cause of infertility without testing. 

3. What Causes Infertility?

Infertility can be caused by: 

  • Diseases
  • Genetic factors
  • Lifestyle factors
  • Exposure to toxic materials or chemicals
  • Aging

Any of these factors can impact the ability of a couple to successfully create a viable pregnancy. Some of these factors may be treatable, while others must be worked around instead. Fortunately, Dr. Saadat has experience in helping patients work through or around complications that can cause infertility. He will be able to provide you with options that can help boost your chances of a successful pregnancy.

4. Is Infertility Common? 

Infertility is increasingly common. As many as 15 percent of couples in the US have some level of difficulty in successfully conceiving a child. Some of this can be attributed to many couples trying to have children later in life. Other factors may include increased exposure to environmental toxins over time, increased risk of exposure to STIs over time, and increased chances of genetic diseases expressing themselves. Essentially, time is one of the major driving factors in the rise of infertility, as the longer a couple waits to begin a family, the higher the chance they encounter issues that can exacerbate infertility. 

To alleviate this, Dr. Saadat offers several services such as freezing eggs, freezing embryos, and freezing sperm, which can preserve the components necessary for a healthy pregnancy before age and time-related complications may arise. We also offer comprehensive services such as egg donor cycles and surrogacy cycles

5. What Can I Do if I Cannot Conceive?

Do you Have More Questions About Addressing Infertility?

If you want to learn more about infertility and options to address it, call our Reproductive Fertility Center at (310) 929-6707 or fill out our online consultation form.