Infertility Treatments for Men and Women
What causes Infertility?
Male Infertility issues have to do with the production or functioning of sperm. Health conditions such as diabetes or chlamydia may affect the quality and quantity of sperm produced. Weakened sperm delivery is the other major contributor to male infertility, with conditions such as cystic fibrosis or blockages in the testicles hindering performance. Also, overexposure to certain elements such as chemicals, radiation, or steroids may adversely affect the production of sperm.
Female Infertility can be caused by ovulation disorders affecting the regular release of eggs from the ovaries. Blockages in the fallopian tubes or physical abnormalities in the uterus or cervix may affect the ability for semen to reach an egg for fertilization. Inflammation caused by sexually transmitted diseases, pelvic adhesions, or endometriosis are the most common cause of blockages.
Who does Infertility Effect?
About one in six couples in the United States experience difficulties with infertility, and male-related infertility factors are the cause in roughly 30% of all infertility cases. Infertility is extremely frustrating but don’t worry, there are many options that can help you get pregnant.
When should I seek Infertility treatment?
It can be difficult to know if your unsuccessful attempts at pregnancy are simply due to poor timing or if there’s an underlying medical cause. You might consider seeking treatment for infertility if any of the following apply:
- conceiving at 40 years old or beyond
- irregular or no menstruation
- painful periods
- miscarriages in the past
- a male with history of prostate or testicular problems
- family history of infertility
A few simple tests identify whether these symptoms are possibly related to your infertility, or if another reason is the cause.
How is Infertility treated?
How we treat your infertility depends on its underlying cause, which she first diagnoses. If both you and your partner appear physically healthy, we perform a semen analysis to assess the overall health of your or your partner’s sperm. In the event that your or your partner’s sperm is of poor quality, we may recommend assisted reproductive technology, which provides a variety of treatment options for artificial insemination. If we determine that you or your partner’s infertility results from an underlying health condition, she’ll either help treat your condition or refer you to a specialist who can provide the care you need. Referrals are most common for health conditions that require surgery for correction, such as testicular blockages.
If you and your partner have been unable to conceive, let Dr. Cherise Felix and the team at Belle Encore provide expert fertility testing and care. Come visit us in Smyrna, TN. Call (615) 984-4751 or Contact us Today.