Causes of Infertility
    Female Infertility Factors:

  • Anovulation/ Polycystic Ovarian Disease
  • Blocked Fallopian Tubes
  • Endometriosis
  • Cervical Mucous Factor
  • Autoimmune
  • Celiac Sprue
  • Ovarian Adhesions
  • Ovarian Insufficiency/Premature menopause
  • Uterine Factor – malformation, polyps, fibroids, infectious causes
  • Genetic
  • Unknown Factors
    Male Infertility Factors:

  • Environmental
  • Varicocele
  • Hormone Imbalance – Testosterone Deficiency
  • Blocked Vas Deferens or Absence of Vas
  • Infections
  • Genetic
  • Unknown Factors

Contact our Infertility Clinic today to make an appointment to talk with our fertility doctor regarding any of these issues

Infertility 101

Having a baby of your own is considered one of the most valuable gifts in life. Childbirth brings a fulfillment in which a couple’s love for each other and their baby is greatly fortified. Unfortunately, not all individuals are blessed with the gift of childbirth. There are circumstances when a married couple is unable to become pregnant after six months to a year, and many have been trying for many years without success. Some miscarry early and are not able to maintain their pregnancy. Approximately 15% of all couples suffer from infertility.

Much research has been completed to provide greater insight into many of the specific causes of infertility among couples. A little over half the time issues involving the female anatomy or physiology are the cause, the remainder of the time the male is the sole cause or at least a significant contributing factor. The female may be suffering from ovulation issues. It is important for a female to have her regular periods but even that doesn’t guarantee ovulation has occurred or is occurring. Other factors which also contribute to infertility include problems within the vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, in the pelvic cavity and even the immune system.

Female infertility can also be attributed to the age of a woman. Women were engineered to have children in their younger years, because as they get older, their eggs have been subject to their lifetime of environmental and natural aging damage. This damage to eggs significantly reduces their chances of conception in their mid to late 30’s and into their 40’s. They also begin to have much higher risks of miscarriages from chromosomal damage as well increase their risks of down’s syndrome and other malformations. On the other hand, fertility problems in men are associated with their sperm count, progression, viability and as they age, there is also an increase risk of genetic abnormalities. Generally, sperm disorders or complications make a man infertile. This is why tracking sperm through semen analysis, acrosome reaction test, kreuger strict criteria, sperm viability testing, etc. are important.

Conditions such as Endometriosis and Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) also result in fertility problems. These conditions are significant medical concerns which need to be addresses to improve your fertility as well as your general health. Conception can be accomplished if a married couple is eager to undertake a procedure called IVF (in vitro fertilization). In vitro fertilization is a very well-known process of fertilization or reproduction in which the egg cell is inseminated by a sperm outside the womb of a woman. This type of procedure has been proven and tested effective but it can be expensive.

In many cases, fertility problems can be linked solely on lifestyle. Many may not consider that their current or past habits including the use of illegal drugs, drinking, smoking, weight-related diseases, and sexual promiscuity can have significant impact on their ability to conceive.

One of the most important things you can do as a couple is to recognize and understand your infertility issues so you can create a plan to overcome your infertility and realize the blessing of having children of your own. If you think you have infertility issues contact our Utah Fertility Center to set up a consultation with our Fertility Specialist and we will help diagnose your infertility and help you develop a plan.

When should I see a Specialist

If you have wanted to conceive and have been unable to, there is a good chance you need to visit a fertility specialist. Specialists in the field of infertility and fertility treatments can help diagnose any problems preventing pregnancy and work with you hand in hand to find an answer so that you can get pregnant and welcome a baby into your life.

The list provided below offers tips to help you decide if it is time to give nature a little push:

Women who are over 35 years old who have not been able to get pregnant after six months

Though celebs like Halle Berry and Kelly Preston have made the news for being pregnant and having a baby in their 40s, your chances of getting pregnant reduce significantly after reaching the age of 35. To obtain the best odds of succeeding, you should consult an expert if you do not get pregnant within six months.

You have wanted to conceive for more than one year

In any specified month, you have approximately a 20 percent chance of getting pregnant. Because most couples will get pregnant within one year, physicians typically suggest that you begin fertility treatments after 12 months.

A person with pre-existing medical conditions

A variety of medical concerns, such as low sperm count, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and endometriosis and can impede the possibility of getting pregnant on your own. In addition, fallopian tube blockages or chemotherapy can also make visiting a fertility expert the best move.

People who have experienced two or more miscarriages

At times, women do not have a problem getting pregnant, but they are not able to sustain a pregnancy. A fertility specialist can run tests to diagnose the problems that may be causing repetitive miscarriages.

Absent or irregular menstrual cycles

If you do not have a regular menstruation each month, or they can go much shorter or longer than 30 days, then it is time to visit a fertility specialist. Pregnancy cannot happen without ovulation; frequently, irregular menstrual cycles or periods are a symptom that regular ovulation is a problem.

Knowledge is indeed power. The more you learn about what could be causing your problem in getting pregnant and having a baby, the better equipped you will then be to make the decisions and take the actions necessary to increase your chances of getting pregnant and having a baby. Call Utah Fertility Center to set up a consultation with Dr Andrew.

What Treatment Options do I have?

Almost all cases of infertility, including male infertility and female infertility, can be overcome through fertility treatments. We have phenomenal pregnancy success rates. Depending on your specific needs we will spend the time necessary with you to help you understand your options and formulate a fertility treatment plan to optimize your chances of a healthy pregnancy.

    • Treatment options include:

    • Traditional IVF
    • Minimal Stimulation IVF
    • ICSI – Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection – a single sperm is injected into a single egg and the resulting embryo is placed in your uterus. ICSI greatly increases your chances of a healthy pregnancy. While other fertility centers charge additional fees for ICSI, it is included with our Traditional and Minimal Stimulation IVF options at no additional charge.
    • IUI – Intrauterine Insemination
Miscarriages or Failed IVF Cycles

Our Center offers PGD (pre-genetic diagnosis on your embryos) for near 26 different chromosomal mutations. We also offer genetic testing prior beginning fertility cycles.

Our Fertility Center specializes in assisting those who have failed > 2 IVF cycles or had recurrent miscarriages! There are new very successful approaches to these issues which we are now able to assist with. Sometimes your embryos are not attaching and staying connected to the uterine wall, other times your egg quality is very poor and needs to improve, and other times your body may be rejecting your normal healthy fetus. If you are under 39 years of age and having these issues, it is highly likely that we may be able to help you.

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