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Common Questions About Infertility

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If you're having trouble getting pregnant, you're not the only ones. Couples worldwide have trouble conceiving, and many experience the same frustration that you're likely feeling especially if you are over 35 years old. Is Infertility Fairly Common? Based on data from the American Pregnancy Association, more than six million couples in the United States have difficulty becoming pregnant. That's roughly 10% of American couples who are in their childbearing years.

Women are not the sole or major reason for infertility as 33% of infertility are because of male infertility; one-third attributed to female infertility; and 33% are a mix of both female and male infertility.

The American Pregnancy Association also points out that about 25% of infertile couples are affected by more than one of the affects of infertility. 2


Most couples do not seek treatment until after struggling to become pregnant or performing some in-home fertility tests on their own. Infertility Testing At Home There are tests that measure FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) levels. FSH is used to control a woman’s menstrual cycle, and plays a part in egg maturation by activating the maturation of an eggor two-each month. A reduced ovarian reserve will cause an increased production of FSH at an early part of your menstrual cycle. Tests are also used that gauge LH (luteinizing hormone) to determine when the best ovulation takes place. A woman’s basal body temperature may be measured.

This gives you a better understanding of the best time to try to become pregnant. Following your menstrual cycle and ovulation can help you as you attempt to get pregnant naturally. 3


Are You Truly Healthy Overall? When you're trying to get pregnant, taking steps to increase your chances of success can be a worthwhile endeavor. Generally, women who are trying to become pregnant should strive to improve their overall health and well-being, and one of the best ways to do that is to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

Dropping some excess pounds to achieve a healthier body mass index may improve your chances of getting pregnant. Still, being overweight does not necessarily mean that you have a lower chance of getting pregnant than women who are of a healthy weight.

Although, women who are overweight may have hormonal imbalances that affect their menstrual cycle and ovulation, which can drop your chances of success. If you have a normal menstrual cycle and ovulation is not a problem, then your chances of success should not be much affected by being overweight. Of course, women may experience 4


hormonal imbalances who have a healthy weight too.

In regards to men, they may have to undergo a semen analysis to evaluate sperm count, sperm morphology, and sperm motility. While women come in for various tests and examinations to determine the presence of infertility issues such as PCOS, polycystic ovarian syndrome, a hormone imbalance whereby the eggs never mature and basically develop into cysts, which causes no eggs to be released.

What’s The Cost of Assisted Reproductive Technology? Assisted reproductive technology, or ART for short, is a procedure that assists in the creation of embryos that may be implanted in the uterus or fallopian tubes. From there, the embryos may implant in the uterine lining and develop.

In one procedure, the combination of sperm and eggs to create embryos actually takes place inside of the fallopian tubes rather than in a laboratory. 5


Examples of assisted reproductive technologies include gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT), zygote intrafallopian transfer (ZIFT), and in vitro fertilization (IVF), which is one of the most wellknown fertility procedures in the industry.

For some, IVF as a term is synonymous with fertility treatment when in fact it is actually one of several ART procedures. Costs vary from one clinic to the other, and can be influenced by a number of factors.

Some do these procedures together with ancillary treatments or procedures such as intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) or pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), which can add several thousands of dollars to the final price tag of the treatment. In a large majority of cases, assisted reproductive technologies cost about $12,000 without any ancillary procedures. This varies, though, with a general price range of $10,000 to $15,000 and higher. 6


If a procedure costs less than $10,000, patients should inquire about the very low price of the treatment, as this is unusual. Some are able to save money on a cycle of IVF by freezing eggs or embryos on a previous cycle.

This cuts some of the costs associated with egg retrieval or the combination of the eggs and sperm in the laboratory. At the end of the day, the price of an ART procedure will depend on the number of cycles required before reaching success. The success rate for a single cycle is around 40 to 50% depending on a whole host of factors. Many have an experienced success rates much lower than this, especially women who are over 35 years old. It is important to discuss one's treatment options in detail with a specialist to learn more and get a good idea of what to expect before, during, and after each treatment. Get more information from a Reproductive Fertility Specialist and any questions and solutions in becoming pregnant, and general questions on regarding successive ART treatments along with others effective methods. 7


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