Gender Selection: Helping You Create a Family
Like so many other couples, you and your partner have probably been carefully planning for a family. If you’ve made the decision to start trying to have a baby, it can be disappointing and concerning when you don’t conceive right away after stopping birth control.
Are you wondering how long you should keep trying before seeking help? Have you already had one child, but experiencing difficulty conceiving a second?
You’re not alone! Many couples experience infertility while trying to start a family, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 7.3 million women in the U.S. aged 15-44 have used infertility services.
What is Infertility?
Infertility is any medical condition that impairs a couple’s ability to conceive and give birth. If you and your partner are having trouble getting pregnant, the best opportunity for evaluation and treatment is from a physician with a special interest and expertise in the area of infertility.
It can be a very trying time when you’re hoping to have a second or third child, or even if you want to have your very first child. It’s also important to remember that infertility is not always a woman’s problem. Both women and men can have problems that cause infertility.
According to WomensHealth.gov, “about one third of infertility cases are caused by women’s problems. Another one third of fertility problems are due to the man. The other cases are caused by a mixture of male and female problems, or by unknown problems.”
When Should You Worry About Infertility?
For most couples attempting to become pregnant, the chance of achieving a successful pregnancy is about 25% during the first month of trying. By the end of the first year of trying to conceive, about 85%-90% of couples will conceive.
You should seek medical help if you are unable to achieve pregnancy after 1 year of regular, unprotected sexual intercourse. If you’re a woman with a history of pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, miscarriage, or irregular or painful menstrual cycles, you should also consult with your doctor sooner, rather than later.
Common Causes of Infertility
Some of the most common conditions that can contribute to infertility are:
- Abnormal Ovulation
- Blocked fallopian tubes
- Cervical problems
- Male factors (male infertility, central nervous system problems, pituitary tumors)
Where Can I Learn More About Infertility Treatment Options?
At Midwest Fertility and Gender Selection Center, our team of experienced doctors want to help you and your partner with your dream of starting or growing your family. We’ll sit down with you and perform an evaluation to explore your options!
To learn more about the facts related to infertility, infertility causes, treatments, and pregnancy alternatives, check out these resources:
- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) – This organization provides patient information on a variety of medical conditions related to infertility, as well as obstetric and gynecological conditions.
- The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) – With a membership of more than 10,000 physicians, nurses, counselors, and scientists, this organization is perhaps the world’s largest professional society devoted to the field of infertility.
- North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) – The NACAC links adoptive parents groups in the United States and Canada. They are involved in child and family advocacy as well as public information and education.
- Resolve – This nonprofit group serves the needs of infertile couples by providing education, counseling, referrals, and advocacy.
Looking for More?
For more information, or to schedule an appointment for a consultation at our gender selection center in Michigan, please contact us today!