Answering Common Questions about Infertility
Navigating the world of infertility can sometimes feel overwhelming. From evaluations to diagnosis to treatment, you will need to absorb a great deal of information. In our Las Vegas fertility clinic, we want our patients to know that we are here to offer support and guidance. Dr. Littman and our team focus on each patient as an individual, working to identify the causes of infertility and then developing a detailed treatment plan.
What You Should Know about Infertility
To help patients feel more comfortable about the process, we have provided the answers to some frequently asked questions. This information will give you a good foundation as you embark on the journey towards parenthood.
What is the definition of infertility?
Generally, doctors characterize infertility as the inability to get pregnant after 12 months of timed intercourse, six months for women 35 and older.
I feel so alone. Does infertility impact many people?
Though it may seem like you are the only one struggling to have a baby, one in eight couples experiences infertility. Statistics show that:
- 35 percent of the time, the issue is female-related
- 35 percent of the time the cause relates to male factor infertility
- 20 percent of the time the problem is a combination of both partners
- 10 percent of the time, the diagnosis is unexplained, which means the testing yielded no conclusive explanation
How long should I try to conceive before seeking help?
If you haven’t had success after a year of trying, you should make plans to see a fertility specialist. Individuals and couples with known issues such as endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, male factor infertility or irregular cycles may want to consider seeing a fertility specialist right away.
Explain the difference between primary and secondary fertility?
Primary infertility is the term used for individuals who have never conceived or successfully carried a pregnancy to term. Secondary infertility refers to the inability to conceive and complete a pregnancy after at least one successful pregnancy.
Though dealing with infertility can lead to stressful situations in your life, Red Rock Fertility can offer resources to help you achieve a successful pregnancy. Developing a basic understanding of infertility and potential treatments can empower you and your partner as you take action to become parents.