The importance of infertility awareness
Our San Antonio fertility doctors empower each patient by providing relevant information about infertility. Increasing your level of understanding about your reproductive health and the available fertility treatments enhances your infertility awareness. To help you become an active participant in your fertility care, our physicians have some important information to share.
Understanding the basics of infertility awareness
Although many people don’t talk about it, infertility is very common, affecting 1 in 8 couples of reproductive age, or more than 7.5 million couples in the US. While you may think that it is a female problem, a male factor is involved in 50% of cases of infertility. Once you understand these basics, you have built the foundation of infertility awareness.
The next step is knowing when you should partner with a fertility specialist to help you conceive. Our San Antonio fertility doctors follow guidelines established by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
If you are younger than 35 and have been unable to conceive after trying for one year, you should make an appointment with a fertility specialist.
- If you are 35 or older, you should seek help if you have been unsuccessful after trying to conceive for six months.
- If you are aware of any medical conditions that could affect the fertility of you or your partner, you should visit a specialist as soon as you want to build your family rather than waiting for 6-12 months.
A look at diagnostic testing and fertility treatment
Once you understand the basics and when to partner with one of our San Antonio fertility doctors for help, it’s time to delve deeper into infertility awareness by learning about fertility testing and fertility treatment.
Diagnostic testing can help you, your partner and your fertility specialist better understand your reproductive potential and whether there are any roadblocks that could hinder conception. While discussing your results, your physician will also explain which fertility treatment(s) will be most effective for you. In some cases, fertility medications alone can help hopeful parents conceive, while in vitro fertilization with preimplantation genetic screening may be recommended as a faster path to pregnancy for some.
Contact us to schedule an appointment and begin your fertility journey with our caring and knowledgeable physicians.