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Fertility 101

 

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Quick Facts

  • 1 in 7 couples will experience difficulty getting pregnant.
  • Infertility is not just a female problem.  Approximately 40% of infertility issues can be attributed to the male, 40% to the female, and 20% are a combination of both.
  • Most infertility cases — 85% to 90% — are treated with conventional medical therapies such as medication or surgery.
  • While vital for some patients, in vitro fertilization and similar treatments account for
  • less than 3% of infertility services, and only (approximately) seven hundredths of one percent (0.07%) of U.S. health care costs.

Do I Need Help?

Infertility is usually diagnosed if you don’t conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse.  If you are 35 or older however, you should initiate your evaluation after 6 months of unprotected intercourse.  If you are concerned about fertility or have an obvious medical problem affecting your ability to conceive, such as irregular menstrual cycles (suggesting that you are not ovulating), diagnosed polycystic ovarian syndrome, sexual dysfunction, a history of pelvic disease, prior surgery, or, if your partner has a known fertility problem, you should begin the infertility evaluation immediately.

Your first step will be to make a new patient consultation to discuss your specific circumstances.  Then, you may have various tests to rule-out the cause for infertility, one by one.  These tests may include ovulation detection and evaluation of your fallopian tubes, cervix, and uterus.  Your partner (if applicable) will have a semen analysis.  Once testing is complete your appropriate treatment plan can be started immediately.  Keep in mind that oftentimes, inexpensive medicine or simple surgery that is covered by insurance will correct any problems.  In the case that you do need Advanced Reproductive Treatments (ART) such as In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF), treatment is relatively affordable and financing is available.

Most importantly, remember that Dr. Brown, Dr. Cabrera, and staff will always treat you with warmth and respect, and are committed to helping you reach the end result- a baby!

For more fertility facts information, schedule a consultation online, or call us in Jacksonville at 940.260.0352 or Orlando at (407) 244-5515.

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