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    Why Women Are Waiting to Have Babies

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Age does indeed increase the risk of female infertility. However, more and more women are waiting to start or grow their families for a wide variety of reasons. Many women aren’t quite sure that they want to become mothers until later in life when they feel more settled. Others prefer to establish themselves in their chosen fields before starting a family. Regardless of the reasons to wait to have children, women have more options than ever in the event that they do struggle with <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.arizonafertility.com/our-programs/" href="http://www.arizonafertility.com/our-programs/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Our Programs â?" ivf="" costs="" &="" treatment="" programs-="" www.arizonafertility.com"="">female infertility after waiting to become pregnant.

    Career and Education Ambitions
    It’s quite common for women to delay childbirth to obtain advanced degrees or climb the corporate ladder. While countless women do successfully juggle family and career responsibilities, many prefer to establish themselves in their chosen career to ensure they’ll have more time for their children later.

    Active Lifestyles
    Women frequently wait to have babies because they wish to experience more of the world themselves before becoming mothers. They may want to travel or donate their time to a worthy cause, or simply have a fun night out on the town now and then.

    Delayed Marriages
    These days, many women are delaying marriage until later in life, which generally lends itself to delayed childbirth. Women often express the desire to find the right life partner before having children.

    Fertility Treatments
    Although the availability of fertility treatments may not be a primary reason why more women are delaying childbirth, it certainly doesn’t hurt that advances in medical technology significantly increase the chances of a successful pregnancy later in life. Increasingly, women consult fertility specialists well before they plan to become pregnant. They can choose to cryopreserve their eggs or even embryos in the event that they face female infertility later in life.

    With help from the team of fertility experts at Arizona Reproductive Medicine Specialists, you can achieve your dream of being a mother. Women and couples throughout Arizona can schedule a consultation with a fertility specialist by calling (602) 635-3489. We also invite you to visit us online to become familiar with common fertility treatments, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF).

    What Are the Optimum Conditions for a Woman to Get Pregnant?

    Last updated 13 days ago

    Conception is a surprisingly intricate process and if just one variable is out of sync, it can be very difficult to achieve pregnancy. For a woman to get pregnant, she must have eggs of an optimum quality. The ovary must properly release the egg and then the fallopian tube must be able to transport the egg via the cilia to the uterus. The uterine lining must be able to receive the egg and the egg must be able to attach to the lining. If there are hormonal issues, the uterine lining may not be properly prepared. If there are structural problems, the egg may be unable to move through the fallopian tube.

    The optimum conditions in a woman’s body are only part of the equation. The male partner must also have the right conditions for pregnancy. Male infertility is often the result of a low sperm volume or count. The sperm must also be the proper shape, which is known as sperm morphology. They must be able to move through the woman’s body to reach the egg and be able to fertilize the egg.

    Infertility is a problem that affects countless couples in the United States. Fortunately, there is help available at Arizona Reproductive Medicine Specialists. Call our fertility clinic at (602) 635-3489 for more information.

    Why Women Aren't the Only Ones Affected by Age-Related Hormone Changes

    Last updated 18 days ago

    When a couple has difficulty conceiving a child, they may automatically assume that the female partner may suffer from infertility. This may be because it’s well known that women experience declining fertility as they grow older, while many men tend to assume that they can successfully father a child at any age. In fact, experts note that infertility affects the female partner about one-third of the time and the male partner about one-third of the time. The remainder of cases involve issues with both partners. Fertility specialists recommend evaluating both partners to get the best outcome.

    Testosterone Levels
    When women enter menopause, they can no longer achieve pregnancy. Men have their own version of menopause, known as andropause. Andropause is characterized by a steady decline of testosterone levels, popularly referred to as “low-T.” While menopause in women occurs relatively abruptly, andropause in men is a gradual process that starts in the 40s. By the age of about 45, men may have some changes in the function of the testes. As testosterone levels continue to drop, men are likely to experience a decrease in libido.

    Sperm Issues
    Many women already know that after the age of 35, their ovarian reserve declines significantly. However, men also face fertility issues with age. Research has demonstrated that as a man grows older, the volume of sperm diminishes, and the motility and morphology of sperm declines. This decline occurs later for men than the fertility decline seen in women.  This makes it increasingly difficult for sperm to successfully reach an egg and fertilize it.

    Birth Outcomes
    When a couple characterized by advanced paternal age does successfully achieve a pregnancy, the birth outcome may be adversely affected. Older fathers are much more likely to have children who suffer from certain genetic abnormalities. Children of older men may be born with Down syndrome, for example. Research has also demonstrated a potential link between advanced paternal age and a significantly increased risk of fathering children with schizophrenia.

    At Arizona Reproductive Medicine Specialists, our team of fertility experts has extensive experience in identifying and treating the causes of male infertility and female infertility. We can help you overcome male infertility with treatment options such as artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization (IVF), and donor sperm. For more information about our fertility clinic in Phoenix, call (602) 635-3489.

    Lifestyle Changes that Could Boost Male Fertility

    Last updated 20 days ago

    Did you know that the average male ejaculates a few hundred million sperm? Of those, only a couple hundred may be able to travel up the fallopian tubes. If sperm morphology (shape) or motility (movement) or the number of sperm is adversely affected, pregnancy can be difficult to achieve. Male infertility is about as common as female infertility. If you and your partner have been trying to have a child without success, both of you should be evaluated at a fertility clinic. Fortunately, there are plenty of treatment options for male infertility, including simple lifestyle modifications.

    Modify Lifestyle Habits
    Smoking cigarettes and consuming alcohol to excess are two of the biggest obstacles to male fertility. Both of these habits, particularly when they are combined, can lower the quantity of the sperm and make it less likely they’ll survive the trip through the fallopian tubes. Additionally, these lifestyle habits can adversely affect a man’s libido.

    Improve Dietary Choices
    Nutrition is helpful for improving male and female fertility. There are many different nutrients that contribute to healthy sperm. For example, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, selenium, and vitamins A and C are particularly important. The best way to ensure a regular intake of these nutrients is to eat a wide variety of healthy foods, such as brightly colored fruits and vegetables, legumes, and whole grains.

    Maintain a Healthy Weight
    Fertility specialists have long known that being overweight or underweight contributes to female infertility because it can cause hormonal imbalances. However, the same holds true for men. Hormonal disruptions can interfere with sperm production and can increase the risk of abnormal sperm. Men can maintain a healthy weight with good nutritional choices and regular exercise.

    If you and your partner have been struggling to conceive a child, it could be time to talk to a fertility doctor. The team at Arizona Reproductive Medicine Specialists provides patient-centered, individualized care for those with male infertility and female infertility. Residents of Arizona and beyond can call us at (602) 635-3489 to ask us about our fertility treatments, including artificial insemination.

    How Weight Impacts Your Fertility

    Last updated 24 days ago

    It’s becoming common knowledge that fitness during pregnancy lends itself to the wellbeing of the child. However, a woman’s body weight can also significantly affect her ability to become pregnant. Women who are overweight or obese are at a higher risk of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition characterized by hormonal imbalances and irregular periods. Fertility specialists strongly advise women with PCOS to lose weight if need be to regain control over hormone levels.

    You can hear more about PCOS by watching this video clip. You’ll hear the story of Chloe, a young woman with PCOS who has suffered two miscarriages. A doctor, along with fitness expert Jillian Michaels, gives Chloe some advice on how to overcome this obstacle to starting her family.

    At Arizona Reproductive Medicine Specialists, our team of fertility experts is dedicated to working closely with each couple to help them develop practical solutions to overcoming infertility. Those in the Phoenix area and throughout Arizona who are experiencing female infertility or male infertility can call us at (602) 635-3489 or visit us online for more information.

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