Infertility is a medical condition that affects millions of people around the world. Despite its prevalence, there are still a lot of misconceptions surrounding this issue.
Infertility affects both men and women: While there is a common perception that infertility is a women's problem, the truth is that both men and women can be affected by this condition. In fact, male infertility is the sole cause of infertility in approximately 20-30% of cases.1
Infertility can be caused by a range of factors such as hormonal imbalances, ovulation disorders, structural problems, and sperm disorders, among others. Identifying the underlying cause is crucial for effective treatment.
- Age: A woman's fertility declines with age, with a steep drop after the age of 35. Men's fertility also decreases with age, although the decline is more gradual.
- Lifestyle factors: Certain lifestyle factors such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, obesity, and a poor diet can have a negative impact on fertility. Therefore, it is essential to adopt a healthy lifestyle to improve your chances of conceiving.
- Infertility is not always permanent: With the right treatment, many couples can overcome infertility and go on to conceive naturally. Therefore, it is important not to give up hope and to seek help from a fertility specialist.
- There are many different treatments available: From medications and surgery to assisted reproductive technologies such as IVF. The right treatment for you will depend on the underlying cause of your infertility and other factors.
- Infertility can take a toll on your mental health: Infertility can be an emotionally challenging experience, and it is not uncommon for couples to experience feelings of sadness, anxiety, and depression. Seeking support from a counselor or therapist can be helpful in managing these feelings. You are not alone.
If you are struggling with infertility, visit Dr. Anil Pinto at ReproMed Fertility Center for a consultation to discuss your options today.
Dr. Anil Pinto is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and the subspecialty of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Dr. Pinto has a special interest in the treatment of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), recurrent pregnancy loss, and advanced reproductive technologies, such as IVF.