Tuesday, April 25, 2017

HEALTHIER YOU: Dealing with infertility

BY DR. ANNETTE MAYES, OB/GYN

DR. ANNETTE MAYE

Some women are faced with the challenges that come with the inability to conceive a baby.

Infertility is generally defined as the inability to get pregnant after one year of unprotected sex. Women who do not have regular menstrual cycles — or are older than 35 and have not conceived during a six-month period of trying — should consider making an appointment with a reproductive endocrinologist, or infertility specialist. These doctors may also be able to help women with recurrent pregnancy loss — typically defined as two or more spontaneous miscarriages.

Pregnancy is the result of many steps. A woman’s body must release an egg from one of her ovaries, and a man’s sperm must join it along the way. The fertilized egg must go through a fallopian tube toward the uterus, where the egg must attach to the inside. Infertility may result from a problem with any one or several of these steps. Women need functioning ovaries, fallopian tubes, and a uterus to get pregnant. Conditions affecting any one of these organs can contribute to female infertility.

About 6% of married women in the U.S. ages 15-44 are unable to get pregnant after one year of unprotected sex. About 12% of women in that same age range have difficulty getting pregnant, or carrying a pregnancy to term, regardless of marital status.

Both men and women can contribute to infertility. A Centers for Disease Control study analyzed data from the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth and found that 7.5% of all sexually experienced men younger than 45 reported seeing a fertility doctor during their lifetime. Of those men who sought help, 18% were diagnosed with a male-related infertility problem, including sperm or semen problems (14%) and varicocele (6%).

For additional information, contact the Las Vegas All Women’s Care Offices at (702) 522-9640. Or visit us at 700 Shadow Lane No. 165 (1st floor) in Las Vegas.

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