Infertility Treatment at ARC
Fertility Issues: How to Tell and What to Do
October 23, 2015
Infertility is defined by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) as a disease of the reproductive system that impairs the body's ability to perform the basic function of reproduction.
Often when couples have decided to start a family, but are not conceiving right away, they start to wonder if there are infertility issues at play. It is not an uncommon problem; about 12 percent of couples of childbearing age have fertility problems.
How to Tell When You Are Having Fertility Issues
Dr. Maya Bledsoe, ARC Endocrinologist and Reproductive Specialist, says “Infertility is defined as being unable to achieve pregnancy after one year of unprotected intercourse in an otherwise healthy couple, or if you are a female over 35, after trying for 6 months. It may also be defined as being unable to carry a pregnancy.”
What Can Couples Do When They Are Having Fertility Issues
Generally speaking, couples might consider seeing a doctor if they have been unable to conceive after one year of trying. But there are many reasons not to wait for a year to seek counsel; including irregular menses in a woman or low sperm count in a male. A more complete list of factors that are associated with infertility is located here.
There are many safe and effective therapies for overcoming infertility. At Austin Regional Clinic Fertility Services, the first step in infertility treatment involves diagnosing the cause then planning a course of care.
Dr. Bledsoe tells patients, “The cause of infertility in a couple is not always obvious. Blood tests and exams at particular times of a cycle are necessary to find what problem to treat. There may be one obvious factor or several factors contributing to this condition.”
If you or someone you know needs help or information about conceiving, we urge you to contact ARC Fertility Services today.