Infertility is one of the most challenging problems a couple may face in their relationship. It is frustrating because the couple will attempt everything within their power and still have no results. Guilt, depression and anxiety often complicate the process of having a family, because often the problem is beyond their control. “It is not supposed to be work; it is just supposed to happen.” Many couples have tried for years without success, and their dream of parenthood feels as if it is fading away.
About 6 million Americans, or nearly 10 percent of the reproductive age population, are infertile. According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, a couple is considered infertile if they have had unprotected intercourse for a year and no pregnancy has resulted. Some say this is 6 months if the female is over 35 years of age. For many couples, the first approach they take to address infertility is to visit their obstetrician/gynecologist. The OB/GYN is usually capable of evaluating and treating many basic forms of infertility. If the couple is unsuccessful, they are usually referred to a Reproductive Endocrinologist, a specialist in infertility.
About 6 million Americans, or nearly 10 percent of the reproductive age population, are infertile.
Reproductive Endocrinology is a sub-specialty within Obstetrics and Gynecology. A Reproductive Endocrinologist receives special training to diagnose and treat problems such as infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, hormonal imbalances and menopause. A board-certified Reproductive Endocrinologist has undergone 2-3 additional years of training beyond their OB/GYN training, passed a second written examination and a second oral examination in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and completed a minimum of one year of independent practice. To date, there are less than 1000 physicians to have held this distinction.
History, Symptoms, and Causes of Infertility
Infertility affects millions of individuals and couples that would like start a family. There are many possible aspects of family history that can play a part in infertility, and there are many symptoms that can indicate possible causes.
Male Infertility Factors
Nearly 40% of infertility is due to male factors including low sperm counts, low sperm activity and low sperm morphology.
Pregnancy & Fertility Issues For Asians
Studies have consistently shown that Asian couples have a lower rate of pregnancy and live birth than Caucasian couples. That is why the team at Advanced Reproductive Center of Hawaii offers one of the most experienced programs in the nation dealing with Asian patients.
Twenty percent of the time infertility is unexplained or undiagnosed. There are circumstances where an identifiable cause is not detected with standard testing.
An ectopic pregnancy occurs when the embryo implants outside the uterus. In most cases, ectopic pregnancies occur in the fallopian tube—a fertilized egg becomes trapped there and implants.
The infertility testing & evaluation is individually catered to each patient and begins with a detailed history and physical examination in an effort to properly identify the factor or factors causing infertility.
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