The statistics regarding infertility are staggering. Men and women are affected equally by infertility, and up to 6.7 million American women are unable to get pregnant.
Obviously, infertility isn't uncommon, but it is treatable in some cases. If you're struggling to get pregnant, board-certified OB/GYN John Paul Roberts, MD, offers infertility treatments to increase your chances of conceiving.
What is infertility?
Infertility is a reproductive problem that results after you’ve tried to conceive for 12 consecutive months without success. It's not only a female problem; infertility affects men just as much as it affects women.
A woman's body is made to reproduce when a healthy sperm penetrates an egg and the resulting embryo implants into your uterus. But many factors can prevent this from happening, including:
- Ovulation problems
- Unhealthy sperm
- Poor egg health
- Medical conditions like PCOS
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Blockages in the fallopian tubes
- Motility issues with the sperm
How common is infertility? One in five women ages 15-49 cannot get pregnant after 12 months of trying to conceive. And your fertility declines as you age. You're much less likely to conceive naturally after age 35, but it's certainly possible.
Risk factors for infertility
There are many risk factors that lower your chances of getting pregnant. These risk factors affect both men and women. Common risk factors for infertility include:
- Weight issues — being underweight or overweight
- Age — women who are over 35
- Excessive alcohol use
- Hormonal imbalances
- Chronic diseases like diabetes
- Radiation exposure
- Sexually transmitted diseases
If you and your partner have been trying to conceive for a year and you're under 35, seek fertility help from Dr. Roberts.
If you're over 35 and have been trying to get pregnant for six months, make an appointment ASAP, because your fertility continues to decline as you age.
Encouraging facts about infertility
Although infertility is heartbreaking and challenging, there are things you can do to increase your chances of getting pregnant.
Dr. Roberts offers several encouraging facts about infertility:
You can reverse infertility
If your weight affects your fertility, you can undoubtedly reverse it by maintaining a healthy body mass index and weight. And the problem isn’t just being overweight; you can also struggle to conceive when you're underweight.
Losing or gaining weight to reach a healthy weight can significantly improve your chances of conceiving by regulating your hormones for a normal ovulatory cycle.
You can also stop smoking, limit alcohol, and watch your diet to improve your chances of getting pregnant.
You're not alone
You're never alone when you're dealing with infertility. Dr. Roberts and our team provide the assistance you need and outlets to help you cope with infertility.
Dr. Roberts is here for you at every step of your journey toward pregnancy and provides you with resources to help you and your partner get through it successfully.
You have options
As we mentioned above, you have plenty of options to help you get pregnant. Lifestyle changes and medical treatments are just the beginning.
Dr. Roberts provides medications to help you ovulate and referrals for procedures like intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF) to increase the odds that you'll carry a healthy baby to term.
At your appointment, Dr. Roberts discusses your options to ensure you and your partner understand the various treatments that can help you conceive.
Most cases of infertility are treatable
About 85-90% of infertility cases are treatable with either medication or surgery. Needless to say (but we’ll say it anyway), these numbers are very encouraging.
You don't have to struggle with infertility alone. Call us today at our Plano, Texas, office to schedule your infertility appointment or book a consultation through our website.