Oftentimes, trying to get pregnant, or in text talk—ttc, is perceived as a woman’s problem. Dr. James Douglas with IVF Plano dispels the myth, and encourages couples struggling with infertility to talk openly, plan proactively and advocate effectively.
You probably won’t bring up your sperm count at the next pick-up basketball game, but knowing some stats about male infertility won’t hurt. Male factors cause about half of all cases of infertility, and 1 in 25 males (1 in 7 couples) will experience infertility. Dr. Douglas treats as many male causes of infertility as female causes in his fertility practice, and can refer you to local support groups, provide educational materials and direct you to websites such as the National Infertility Association (RESOLVE).
Task-oriented men can shoulder the load of planning for and navigating the arduous infertility treatment process. IVF Plano offers expert guidance on insurance issues, success rate statistics and the pros and cons of different fertility treatment options. Deciding as a couple how far you are willing to go to get pregnant restores your sense of control during this stressful life crisis.
Affording infertility treatment adds to the massive tension packed in a powderkeg situation. You can take action by contacting your U.S. Representatives in Washington D.C. in support of the Family Act of 2011/S 881/HR 1851. The bill, reintroduced in May 2013, would provide a tax credit for out-of-pocket costs associated with in-vitro fertilization (IVF) or fertility preservation.
Finally, as Father’s Day approaches, take some time off from the baby-making business to relax, and enjoy time as a couple. A weekend camping trip, golf game or night at the Ballpark can help relieve stress and take your mind off infertility. When you do reset your intentions, contact Dr. Douglas, and focus on this encouraging statistic: 80 percent of couples that partner with a fertility specialist will ultimately have a baby.