What is infertility? Be informed
Our Austin fertility specialists believe that an informed patient is an empowered patient, so we strive to provide you with all of the information you need to increase your understanding of infertility. Being informed about your reproductive health and fertility treatment options is known as “infertility awareness”. While the key messages are that all infertility patients should be informed and proactive about your fertility, there is so much more you should know.
The basics of infertility awareness
Infertility is more common than you think. It affects 1 in 8 couples and it does not discriminate based on race, sexual orientation or economic status. Contrary to popular belief, infertility is not just a female problem. Male infertility is a factor in as many as 50% of cases of infertility. Learning the basics about infertility starts the process of infertility awareness.
Our Austin fertility specialists also stress the importance of being proactive about your fertility.
- If you are younger than 35 and have not conceived after one year of trying, you should visit a fertility specialist to get answers and help.
- If you are 35 or older, you should make an appointment after six months of trying.
Regardless of your age, you should visit a fertility specialist as soon as you’re thinking about growing your family if you’re already aware of any medical or fertility conditions that could impact you or your partner’s fertility. Such conditions include endometriosis, irregular menstrual cycles, uterine fibroids or polyps, previous sexually transmitted disease, or male problems such as erectile dysfunction or a low sperm count.
Delving deeper into infertility awareness
Understanding the facts about infertility and when to visit one of our Austin fertility specialists creates the foundation of infertility awareness. As you build your knowledge, you should also learn about diagnostic testing and fertility treatment options.
Fertility testing is designed to give you, your partner and your physician an understanding of your reproductive potential and any roadblocks to conception. Your test results and conversations with your physician will determine which fertility treatment options will be most effective for you. Some hopeful parents may only require ovulation induction and intrauterine insemination, while others may need in vitro fertilization with preimplantation genetic screening to provide them with the fastest path to pregnancy.
Contact us to schedule an appointment and begin your fertility journey with TFC.