Infertility Treatments FAQs
posted: May 08, 2023.
If you or your loved ones are having trouble conceiving, it’s wise to seek medical advice. Struggles with fertility are common and roughly one in eight couples will struggle to conceive or sustain a pregnancy. Fortunately, there are now more options than ever before when it comes to treating fertility. If you're interested in infertility treatment, contact the Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies and speak with our Weston, FL OBGYN Dr. Minna Selub.
Does Infertility Mean That a Couple Can’t Have a Baby?
No! Infertility means that a couple has failed to achieve or sustain a pregnancy while regularly having unprotected sex (at the right time) over the course of a year. Often, neither individual is sterile and medical assistance can result in sustained pregnancy.
Does Infertility Primarily Affect Women or Men?
The National Institutes of Health reports that infertility is split roughly equally between sexes. When fertility issues arise, the challenge is with the male in roughly one-third of cases. The same is true for women, with roughly one-third experiencing fertility challenges. In the other third of cases, both contribute or the "who" is unknown.
How Common is Infertility?
Roughly 9 percent of men and 11 percent of women (of reproductive age) will experience issues with infertility. In some cases, these issues may prove temporary, but often, infertility is a chronic challenge. If you'd like to explore infertility treatment, contact the Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies to schedule a meeting with Dr. Selub.
How Does Age Affect Fertility?
Age is one of the most important factors for determining how fertile someone is. Fertility in women peaks (typically) from the late teens to late twenties. By the time a female enters their 30s, fertility will start to slowly decline in most cases. After 35, the decline usually increases. Even women who were fertile in their twenties will often struggle to get pregnant in their forties.
Men also experience declining fertility as they age. By the late 40s, many males experience declining sperm quality. However, it’s possible for men to get someone pregnant at essentially any age. The risk of complications may increase with age, however.
What Types of Infertility Treatments Are Available?
Infertility treatments are generally broken down into three types:
- Medicines - Many medicines encourage proper ovulation. Some medicines also improve fertility in men.
- Surgery - Surgery can be used to clear up egg and sperm tubes and to address other fertility issues.
- Assisted Conception - Includes artificial insemination and the like.
When Should I Seek Help for Fertility Issues?
Infertility is often classified as difficulty getting pregnant after one year of effort. If this applies to you, seek medical advice. You can also reach out sooner. Just remember that it’s normal to take a few months to get pregnant.
Interested in infertility treatment? Dial (954) 217-3456 to reach the Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies and chat with our Weston, FL, OBGYN Dr. Selub. We are proud to help couples and individuals in Weston, FL as well as South Florida, Orlando, and throughout the rest of the state.