Dr. Vasquez and the staff of the Center for Reproductive Health understand the importance of informing our patients of their condition and treatment options, which is why all patients are encouraged to ask questions. We hope you understand that many questions are specific to a patient's condition and must be answered on an individual basis. However, the following frequently asked questions are those of which we can provide an explanation. For further questions or concerns, please call our office at 615-321-8899.
What is infertility?
Infertility refers to the inability to become pregnant after about one full year of trying to conceive. For women over 35, inability to conceive after six month could be due to infertility. Infertility can also affect women who are having trouble staying pregnant and repetitively lose their pregnancy. Infertility can happen when there are any problems in the steps to conceiving an embryo.
Is infertility a common problem?
Yes. About 6.1 million women between the ages of 15-44 in the United States have trouble with infertility.
How do I know if I need infertility treatment?
We usually recommend testing for infertility after one full year of trying to conceive without any form of birth control. Couples who knowingly have a condition that commonly interferes with fertility are recommended to come in for testing even earlier than one year.
What are causes for infertility in women?
There is a wide range of causes for infertility. Common causes include advanced age, ovulatory disorder, unhealthy lifestyle habits, ectopic pregnancy, and hormone problems. The best way to find a diagnosis for your specific case is to make an appointment and consult an infertility specialist.
What are causes for infertility in men?
In almost 40% of infertility cases, the diagnosis is male factor infertility. Common causes of male factor include problems related to: sperm production, the anatomy or structure of the man’s reproductive organs, or the man’s immune system. Often the causes for male infertility are unknown; but, similar to women, the best way to determine the problem is to consult an infertility specialist.
How does age affect fertility?
Studies have shown that the chances of becoming pregnant for women start to decrease after age 35. Some fertility researchers believe it decreases at a rate of 3.5% per year. At an older age, there is also an increased risk of miscarriage and chromosomal abnormalities due to the aging of the eggs. However, the Center for Reproductive Health offers treatment options such egg donation and egg freezing that can help prevent a failed pregnancy.
How will the Center for Reproductive Health determine infertility in women?
During your first visit with the Center for Reproductive Health, Dr. Vasquez and his team will perform a thorough examination of your physical health, your personal and familial history of fertility, and laboratory testing. You will have a conversation about your thoughts and concerns regarding your fertility. From there, every individual patients process differs as far as procedures and services performed to determine infertility and treatment options. Our diagnostic procedures include: ovarian reserve testing, AMH testing, Antral Follicle Counts, and Hysterosalpingogram. The best way to determine the cause of your infertility is to have a consultation with Dr. Vasquez and the team at the Center for Reproductive Health.
How will the Center for Reproductive Health determine infertility in men?
During your first visit with the Center for Reproductive Health, Dr. Vasquez and his team will perform a thorough examination of your physical health, your personal and familial history of fertility, and laboratory testing. You will have a conversation about your thoughts and concerns regarding your fertility. Whether you are a single patient or in a couple, the best way to determine male factor infertility in men is semen analysis/ andrology. Semen analysis is generally the first infertility testing procedure performed during a couple's fertility assessment because it is non-invasive and can tell us a great deal. The semen is collected by masturbation into a sterile specimen cup and sent immediately to our lab. There, the sample will be examined and several measurements will be taken. Among these are quantity of semen, concentration of sperm, sperm motility, and sperm morphology.
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