Approximately 7% of men (4.7 million) and 11% of women (6.7 million), in their reproductive age, struggle with infertility. Through these statistics, we are able to see that fertility affects both genders at a close rate.
What is infertility?
When a couple has been unsuccessful in conceiving a baby for more than 6 months, the condition is called infertility. Many factors such as reproductive abnormalities, hormones, body composition, lifestyle factors, and metabolic disorders can cause or contribute to infertility.
Other factors that affect fertility:
- Environmental toxins
- Autoimmune disorders
A clear understanding of the factors that lead to infertility can help you overcome these obstacles as well as increase your chances of conception. In some patients, we find that the etiology can be improved with changes as simple as diet, lifestyle, or weight loss. However, we often find that some of our patients require a more advanced treatment plan such as IVF (in vitro fertilization) or IUI (intrauterine insemination).
What can you do?
Be informed: Knowledge is power. Understand how you can improve your fertility.
Start a conversation: Talk to your partner and get motivated to increase your awareness of fertility health.
Ask questions: Talk to your doctor and ask questions pertaining to fertility.
Plan with a specialist: Talk to a fertility specialist to know the status of your fertility health. Make a plan to move forward based on your test results. Whether you have been trying for your first or second child, it is recommended to stay informed on the basics of fertility health.
Get Involved: Take part in events or join small groups within your community. It is important to know that you are not alone in your struggles with fertility. You can begin by joining one of our Fertility 101 events. This LIVE seminar is presented by one of our fertility specialists, Dr. Vasilios Goudas. Our next event will be on April 19th at one of our clinics. You can register for the events via our Facebook page.
The Goal of Fertility 101:
- Understand some of the common etiology of infertility
- Learn about the testing currently available to evaluate female and male infertility
- Discuss some of the things you should do prior to seeking a specialist
- Learn about the current treatments available for infertility
- Gain knowledge and tools to overcome barriers to fertility.
Immediately following this seminar, Dr. Goudas will be available to answer any questions that you may have.