Infertility is defined as the failure to conceive after one year of unprotected sexual intercourse.
In the United States approximately 15-20 percent of married couples will experience some degree of infertility. This means that 1 in 6 couples will need professional assistance.
Traditionally, human infertility has been referred to as the “woman’s problem,” ignoring the male contribution. More recent studies have revealed that in a population of infertile couples, about 40 percent of infertility cases are due to male factors, 40 percent are due to female factors and the other 20 percent are due to female and male factors together.
But a diagnosis of infertility does not mean that becoming pregnant is impossible. Nearly 90 percent of infertility cases are treatable with medical therapies ranging from drug treatment and surgery to advanced reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization (IVF).
We have posted more information about many issues surrounding infertility on our website. You can find an overview to infertility, learn which lifestyle choices may cause infertility, read about genetic causes and the psychological impact of infertility, and much more.
Visit our web site to read about these and other infertility topics, including when to see a fertility specialist. If you have any questions afterward, please give our office a call.