Infertility can affect anyone. Roughly 10 to 15 percent of reproductive-age couples struggle to conceive. About one-third of infertility cases can be attributed to problems with sperm count or male sexual function. In another one-third, the cause is attributed to problems with ovulation, and uterine or tubal function. In the remaining third, the cause of infertility is unexplained.
Infertility is typically defined as the inability of a woman to conceive after having regular, unprotected sex with a male partner for one year. That timeframe shortens to six months if she is 35 or older. However, there are many other reasons why you might choose to visit a fertility specialist. These reasons include repeat pregnancy loss, single parenting, LGBT family building, and fertility preservation.
Infertility often comes as a surprise. There may or may not be obvious signs that infertility will be a factor in your family planning until you start trying to conceive. If you suspect that you may have risk factors for infertility (such as unpredictable, irregular menstrual cycles or known tubal disease), it may be a good idea to see a fertility physician.
If you are having difficulty getting pregnant or know you need help to conceive, we can help you learn more about your options and develop a plan for treatment. We’ll schedule your first appointment and walk you through the process to get started growing your family.