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Infertility, or the inability to reproduce, affects roughly 15% of reproductive age couples. This means that on average 1 in every 6 couples have significant problems with childbearing. Male infertility plays a role in 40% of these cases. Depending on the cause of the infertility, treatments can include surgery, treating infections that could have caused the infertility in the first place and treating sexual problems like erectile dysfunction. Other treatments include hormone medications and assisted reproductive technology, like in vitro fertilization. The IHR experts work closely with couples undergoing the many different types of assisted fertility treatments available. We are renowned for our specialized knowledge and high infertility success rates even in difficult cases. IHR's expertise in infertility lies in our willingness and ability to individualize our approach to best suit each and every one of our patients. If you have any questions as you review the material on infertility, please contact us for a FREE Infertility E-Mail Consultation.
A thorough clinical evaluation of infertility is appropriate if a couple has not achieved a pregnancy within one year of unprotected intercourse or whenever there is a heightened suspicion of a fertility problem. Infertility tests are prudent prior to a year of trying if the woman is older than 35 or 40 years old, the husband has had a vasectomy, the woman has had a tubal ligation, or the woman has irregular or absent menstrual flows.
Selecting someone to help with an infertility problem can be difficult and confusing. Important qualities to look for when choosing a physician include expertise in the rapidly changing and complex field of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility as well as a willingness to listen to and respect your specific needs. When these qualities are present, it becomes possible to develop a management plan that best serves you as the patient.
Getting pregnant and having babies should not be an impersonal experience that drains the bulk of your resources. You can benefit in many ways when you find an infertility specialist who gets to know you well and customizes a treatment plan based on your individual desires and budget. You should always feel like a valuable partner in the process rather than like a number. If you are unhappy at one office, then you really should consider trying another office. Ultimately, couples who are comfortable seem to get pregnant much more easily than couples with similar medical issues who have additional significant stress.
The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology is willing to "certify" candidates in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) only after completion of an approved training fellowship in REI (typically 2-3 years of highly specialized training) and prior board certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine defines a Reproductive Endocrinologist as "a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology who is capable of managing complex problems relating to Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and whose current professional activity involves the practice of Reproductive Endocrinology in a setting wherein essential diagnostic and therapeutic resources are available and being used appropriately." IHR has staff Board Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
The Institute for Human Reproduction has accumulated a signficant record of accomplishment for positively impacting the lives of patients coping with a variety of infertility conditions. IHR offers all established reproductive technology (A.R.T.) infertility treatments, and new procedures and innovations are included as soon as they are demonstrated to be safe and effective.
IHR’s infertility programs treat both female infertility and male infertility issues. Causes of infertility can be related to both sexes. Approximately 60 percent of infertility is caused by female conditions, while approximately 40 percent is male-related. It is important to note, however, that in 25 percent of couples both partners will have a fertility problem.
IHR has treatments for a variety of conditions, including ovulatory dysfunctions, endometriosis, immunological infertility and many others. Perhaps less known is our work with individuals and couples who are considering assisted reproduction, but who are uncertain of their next step. We encourage anyone, before they make a decision, to consult with us. Currently, we are offering a FREE Infertility E-Mail Consultation.