Infertility Awareness—“Resolve to Know More”

by | April 21st, 2014
  

RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association has designated April 20-26, 2014 as National Infertility Awareness Week.

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The organization hopes to bring more attention to infertility awareness with their theme “Resolve to Know More.” Here at IVF Plano, Dr. James Douglas and our staff always make it our goal to help our patients know more and learn more about the important subject of infertility. Here are some of the most common questions people have about infertility:

What Is Infertility?

Fertility specialists like Dr. Douglas define infertility as the inability to get pregnant after one year of trying; or six months, if a woman is 35 or older. Women who can get pregnant but are unable to stay pregnant may also be infertile.

How Common Is Infertility?

Statistical data is important when raising infertility awareness. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 6.1 million (or 10 percent) of women ages 15-44 have either difficulty becoming pregnant or staying pregnant.

What Causes Infertility Issues for Women?

Dr. Douglas notes that there are many causes of infertility in women, including:

  • Advanced maternal age or diminished ovarian reserve
  • Previous pelvic infection, inflammation, or endometriosis
  • Hormonal imbalances, anovulation, polycystic ovaries
  • Structural abnormalities of the uterus, tubes and ovaries

In some cases, the causes are not known, creating unexplained infertility. In these cases, as well as in cases of secondary infertility and recurrent miscarriages, Dr. Douglas and IVF Plano utilize state-of-the-art diagnostic technology to help determine the reasons behind the infertility.

How Often Is Male Infertility a Problem?

At IVF Plano, infertility awareness often involves educating patients about the breakdown of the causes of infertility: 40% of the cases we see are caused by male infertility and 40% are caused by female infertility. Dr. Douglas treats male fertility issues with fertility medication to improve sperm counts and advanced reproductive technologies (ARTS) to intervene in extreme cases where few or no sperm are present.

Infertility awareness is important for patients, their families and the public. Contact our Dallas area infertility clinic for more information about infertility treatment, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. James Douglas.

Learn more about the Causes of Infertility here>>


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