Have you ever wondered?…
- What is infertility?
- How many couples does this affect?
- Does this affect females as well as males?
- What are the odds of having a successful pregnancy if you’ve had recurrent miscarriages?
- How do you know if it’s time to consult a doctor?
You may be surprised at how many couples deal with these same struggles. In fact, infertility occurs in 15% of all couples.
So what exactly is infertility, and how do you know if this is something to take a further look into?
✔️If you are younger than 35 years old and have been trying for 1 year with no success of pregnancy
✔️If you are older than 35 and no pregnancy after 6 months of trying
The most common cause of female infertility is irregular or lack of ovulation. Therefore, the first step will be to ensure that you are ovulating predictably. If it is determined that you are not, your ovulation can be induced via medicine. If ovulation is confirmed, a thorough history and examination can be used to search for other causes.
Some of these issues could be:
+ Hypothalamic/Pituitary disorders
+ Tubal disease or dysfunction
+ Uterine defects (polyps or fibroids)
+ Uterine malformations
+ Metabolic disorders
However, females aren’t the only ones who deal with infertility.
In fact, 40-50% of all infertile couples will have some form of male factor infertility, with male factor being the sole cause in 30% of cases.
As a matter of fact, more cases of infertility are due to a male factor than any other single cause.
There are several different male issues that can be tested for.
+ Low sperm counts
+ Low motility
+ Poor morphology
+ DNA fragmentation
+ Metabolic disorders
If it is determined that any of these factors are an issue that you or your partner are struggling with, there is help available. Technology has come such a long way to help couples reach their pregnancy goals.
The definition of recurrent miscarriage, (aka recurrent pregnancy loss), is the loss of 2 or more clinically-recognized pregnancies involuntarily before 20 weeks.
A little known fact is that 15% of all clinically recognized pregnancies end in miscarriage. However, it is only 1-2% of all women who experience recurrent miscarriages. If you are in this small percentage of women, don’t lose hope! Even after 4 consecutive miscarriages, the chances that your next conception will be a live birth are at least 70%.✨
The various causes of recurrent miscarriages can be:
+ Hormonal abnormalities
+ Immune-related causes
+ Environmental factors
+ Uterine abnormalities
+ Female genetic abnormalities
+ Male genetic abnormalities
+ Infection or inflammation
Frustratingly, 50% of women never figure out the cause of their recurrent miscarriages. However, greater than 80% of these women will go on to have a live-born baby if they are appropriately counseled and receive psychological support.
There is so much hope for those struggling. In addition to the advances in technology that help couples reach their pregnancy goals, our infertility clinic is designed to personally assist you through this tough time. You do not have to take this journey alone.💕 Don’t hesitate to call us at 256-217-9613 if you are ready to talk with someone to see how we can help!