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When it comes to infertility, most people think about treatments that address problems with female fertility. However, according to the Mayo Clinic, about half of all cases of infertility involve male infertility, either partially or entirely. By understanding male infertility, you can take steps to increase your odds of conceiving. Here are some common myths about male infertility and the truth behind them.
Myth: You Would Know If You Have a Low Sperm Count
In many cases, there are no obvious signs or symptoms of low sperm count. Most men are not aware that they have an issue until they try to conceive a child and are unable to do so. There are exceptions, however. When low sperm count is caused by a hormonal issue, men may notice that they have a decrease in body hair, and when a there is a blockage, a lump may be apparent. However, in most cases, it is impossible to know if your sperm count is normal until you try to have a child.
Myth: Lifestyle Choices Aren’t Linked to Male Infertility
Male infertility is often closely linked with lifestyle choices. Smoking, drinking, and using drugs can all decrease sperm count, as can being overweight or leading a sedentary lifestyle. Men who are under severe emotional stress or who work extended hours may also experience decreased sperm count. Making some lifestyle changes may help you increase your chances of conceiving a child.
Myth: Nothing Can Be Done About Male Infertility
There is a great deal that can be done to help men tackle infertility issues. A fertility specialist can treat underlying conditions that are contributing to your fertility issues and make suggestions about lifestyle changes. For men who want to start families and still struggle to conceive, using donor sperm is a possibility.
Don’t suffer in silence with male infertility. Arizona Reproductive Medicine Specialists can diagnose and treat your fertility issues and help you and your partner understand your options. You can find out more about the reliable fertility treatments we offer in our Phoenix fertility clinic by calling (602) 635-3489.
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In Vitro Fertilization, or IVF, is a fertility treatment that allows conception to take place outside the womb. Fertilized embryos are then moved into the uterus and allowed to grow naturally. IVF treatment is not suitable for all couples, but is appropriate in cases where other fertility treatments have not been successful or are not viable.
Prevalence of IVF
IVF is a more complex fertility treatment than many other options. During in vitro fertilization, eggs and sperm are combined in a laboratory setting before fertilized embryos are transferred to the mother’s uterus. Because IVF is a complex and costly procedure, it is only sought in approximately 5% of infertility cases. Your fertility doctor may try other treatments before suggesting IVF. If other fertility treatments such as improving your health, artificial insemination, and surgical options have failed or are not possible, IVF may be the best solution. Because each case is unique, only your fertility doctor can help you decide whether IVF is the right treatment for you.
Conditions IVF Treats
Although IVF is reserved for cases in which other fertility treatments have failed, it is effective in treating many types of fertility. IVF can help you achieve a successful pregnancy if you or your partner suffers from endometriosis, low sperm count or poor quality sperm, problems with ovulation, the fallopian tubes, or the uterus, and the presence of antibodies that attack and destroy the sperm. IVF is also a viable treatment option in cases where the cause of infertility cannot be determined. Couples who have tested positive for a genetic defect that they do not wish passed on to their children may also choose IVF using donor eggs or sperm.
The IVF team at Arizona Reproductive Medicine Specialists provides in vitro fertilizations for couples suffering from fertility problems. We are also pleased to offer the Attain® IVF “Take Home a Baby” refund plan. Visit us on the web or call (602) 635-3489 to schedule your consultation and get the answers you need about fertility treatments today.
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Premature ovarian aging is associated with diminished ovarian reserves. The end stage of premature ovarian aging is early menopause, but for most women, it takes a long time to reach that point. If you’re trying to conceive, getting treatment for premature ovarian aging before it becomes early menopause is important.
This video explains the differences between premature ovarian aging and early menopause, as well as what fertility specialists can do to help women with premature ovarian aging start families. DHEA treatment can help women with this condition conceive, and the even better news is that women undergoing this kind of fertility treatment have very low rates of miscarriage.
If you’re struggling with infertility, let Arizona Reproductive Medicine Specialists help. We can get to the root cause of your fertility issues and work with you on an effective treatment plan. Schedule a consultation by calling (602) 635-3489.
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In today’s world, when women are putting off having children later and later to focus on their careers, questions about age and fertility loom large. Many women simply assume that they will be able to have a child whenever they are ready, without the help of in vitro fertilization or any other treatment. Are they right? Here are the facts that all women should know when they make decisions about their lives and when to start families.
Age Does Matter
Women are born with a finite amount of eggs. When those eggs are gone, they are gone. By the time you are 30, your odds of getting pregnant at any given time are around 20 percent, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. By age 40, those odds are reduced to about five percent. In addition to increased difficulties with conceiving a child, having a baby at a later age increases the odds of miscarriage and genetic diseases.
You Can Preserve Your Fertility
To a point, it is possible for women to extend their reproductive years by freezing healthy eggs to use later. This course of action is ideal if you are working on your career or haven’t met the right partner when you’re in your 20s—your most fertile years. Although you can still delay pregnancy too long even with preserved eggs, freezing eggs has significant advantages. In addition to giving themselves some breathing room, women can ensure that their healthiest eggs are used when they start a family if they freeze their eggs.
You Have Options
It’s not all bad news for women who have delayed having children. Even if you can’t conceive naturally, fertility treatments, including in vitro fertilization, can help you have the baby you want. Being proactive and seeing a fertility specialist as soon as possible are critical.
At Arizona Reproductive Medicine Specialists, we focus on the patient, not a number. Schedule a consultation with one of our infertility specialists and find out where you stand and how we can help. Reserve your appointment by calling (602) 635-3489.
Last updated 16 days ago
Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a condition that affects millions of women across the United States. PCOS can affect fertility and is associated with several different symptoms, including increased hair growth, acne, weight gain, and pelvic pain. If you have been diagnosed with PCOS, consult your fertility specialist and read the information below to learn about managing your symptoms and preserving your fertility.
Utilize Anti-Androgen Medications
If you experience changes in hair growth or develop acne, anti-androgen medications may help alleviate your symptoms. These medications can help limit the effects of male hormones, or androgens, which are associated with PCOS. Anti-androgens should not be taken if you are currently trying to conceive.
Make Dietary Changes
PCOS is often associated with weight gain, and maintaining a healthy diet can help you keep your weight at a healthy level. Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can also help normalize your hormone levels. Be sure to limit the amount of processed foods you eat and avoid sugary foods and drinks.
Use Ovulation-Stimulating Medication
If you are currently trying to become pregnant, ask your doctor about taking medication to stimulate ovulation. PCOS can cause ovulation to stop, which is why it is frequently associated with infertility. Taking fertility medications that stimulate ovulation may allow you to conceive.
Ask Your Fertility Doctor about Surgery
If you have tried fertility medications but have not been able to conceive, your fertility doctor may recommend surgery to improve your fertility and reduce the symptoms of PCOS. A laparoscopic surgical procedure called ovarian drilling is often used to destroy a small part of an ovary and alleviate the symptoms of PCOS.
Don’t let PCOS take control of your life—speak with the fertility doctors at Arizona Reproductive Medicine Specialists to learn more about your PCOS treatment options. We provide fertility treatment services to address both male and female infertility. For more information, call our Phoenix office at (602) 635-3489.