Understanding Infertility and its Solutions
What is Infertility?
The term infertility is used to describe:
- Women of normal childbearing age who are unable to get pregnant after at least one year of trying
- Women who can get pregnant, but cannot carry the pregnancy to term and achieve a live birth
- Men unable to impregnate a woman after at least one year of trying
How common is infertility?
Infertility problems are more common than many people realize. Approximately 10% of all women in the US (6.1 million) have difficulty having a baby. However, infertility problems affect both men and women in equal proportions. One third of infertility cases are attributed to women, another third to men, and the rest are from a combination of factors, or else the cause remains unknown. Similar statistics to that of the US apply to the rest of the world.
How Well Does Infertility Treatment Work?
With IVF treatment, about two-thirds of all infertile couples will eventually be able to have a healthy, happy baby. So, the answer is yes! Fortunately, today there are infertility solutions for even the biggest challenges, and that is good news for couples struggling to have a baby. The first step in infertility treatment, however, is receiving an accurate diagnosis from a fertility professional since there are so many reasons for the inability of having a child. The following medical and physiological challenges are common contributors to infertility and are listed below.
Common Reasons for Seeking Infertility Solutions & Treatment
- Ovulation Problems Premature Ovarian Failure (POF), also known as Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI) is a condition in which a woman’s ovaries stop producing certain hormones and eggs before the age of 40. Without eggs, a woman cannot get pregnant and may need infertility solutions when she is ready to start a family. About 250,000 US women under the age of 40 have POF. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is the primary cause for infertility in women. It is the result of a hormonal imbalance that interferes with the development and release of eggs, and sometimes affects the quality of the eggs, as well. Thus, even if a healthy egg is released, there may be problems with implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterine wall. An estimated 5-10% of US women suffer from PCOS.
- Blocked Fallopian Tubes Damage and scarring to the fallopian tubes can stop eggs from traveling to the uterus and prevent pregnancy. Among the causes for this condition are pelvic inflammatory disease, previous surgeries, and endometriosis, a condition that results when tissue similar to what is normally found inside the uterus begins to grow outside of it. This can lead to inflammation, pain, and scar tissue. Endometriosis affects about 5.5 million women in the US.
- Uterine Fibroids Uterine fibroids are common, noncancerous tumors that, for some women, can create difficulties when they are trying to get pregnant. The tumors grow in the uterus or womb, and while they do not always cause symptoms, they can be a source of pain and heavy bleeding. If they interfere with pregnancy, a woman may need to seek out infertility treatment. More than 200,000 hysterectomies a year are performed due to uterine fibroids.
- Physical Problems with the Uterine Wall Physical problems or structural abnormalities with the uterine wall can also result in some women having problems with becoming pregnant or having a baby, resulting in their decision to receive infertility treatment.
Why Patients Turn to ELITE IVF?
At ELITE IVF, we are committed to giving our patients real infertility solutions that help overcome the challenges of infertility. With advanced IVF treatments and a network of international fertility experts, we help intended parents find answers to all infertility questions by offering providing a wide variety of expert advice in fertility care, and the opportunity to choose a treatment site from recognized leading fertility clinics around the world.
“We would not hesitate in the least to recommend ELITE IVF. We wish them continued success in the future and may they bring this joy to many other families.” Anonymous Couple