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13 Facts You Should Know About Fertility

March 10, 2016

Making babies is easy, right? Take some sperm, combine with some eggs – and BAM – the rest, as they say, happens naturally.

But what about if the “rest” isn’t happening? What if you are just starting out and simply need some help understanding the facts?

Well, we have you covered.

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A Blood Test Can Analyze Your Fertility Potential

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If you aren’t ready to become pregnant but still want to know more about your chances, there’s a pretty neat test for that. An AMH Test is one of the most accurate ways to assess a woman’s ovarian reserve. Via standard blood work, we analyze hormone levels to determine your remaining egg supply.

You’re Not Alone

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Did you know that one in six couples experience infertility and that it affects more than 6 million women and their partners (1 in 6) in the USA alone! Statistics show that men and women are affected almost equally. Nope, you most certainly are not alone!

The Number 35 is Important

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If you’re a woman over 35 and have been trying to get pregnant for 6 months, or you are under 35 and have been trying for a year, contact a fertility specialist for an initial consultation. After age 35, egg quality and quantity start to decline more rapidly. For most 30-year old women, 12% of their eggs have the potential to become babies. By age 40, only 4% of “good eggs” remain.

STD’s Impact Your Fertility

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It’s incredibly important to get tested for an STD before trying for a baby! It will help you in the long run, trust us. The reality is that STD’s affect female fertility.

  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause cervical cancer
    • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) can cause fallopian tube, ovarian and/or pelvic damage
    • Gonorrhea can cause damage in the fallopian tubes
    • Chlamydia infections can lead to scarring & blocked tubes
  • Syphilis can damage parts of your reproductive system

EveryBODY is Different

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Without a doubt, it’s really, really hard to see your friends or family members have an easy time getting pregnant while you continue to struggle. It stinks even more when you may be healthier and/or younger than they are! That’s the frustrating part of infertility; every person and situation is different.

IVF > Tubal Reversals

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Should I choose IVF or get a tubal reversal? It’s one of our most frequently asked questions. And for us, it’s a no-brainer. Choose IVF treatment. And here’s why:

  • IVF costs almost $2,000 less than a tubal reversal
  • IVF success rates are comparable to a tubal reversal
  • IVF is less invasive than the surgery for a tubal reversal
  • IVF doesn’t require a hospital stay/extended recovery period
  • choosing IVF means future birth control is not needed

40 is NOT the New 30

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At least in “fertility years”. When your grandmother says, “Your biological clock is ticking!” she’s not kidding! If you are age 40+ and unable to become pregnant, seek treatment as soon as possible. Most women in this age bracket experience a higher occurrence of chromosomal abnormalities in their embryos, due to the quality of the remaining eggs in the ovarian reserve. The good news: PGD and PGS genetic testing can identify and eliminate these abnormalities. Additionally, Donor Egg IVF is the most successful of ALL fertility treatments.

Success Rate Secrets!

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This may be taboo to talk about, but it needs to be said. Many fertility centers out there advertise IVF success rates as “higher than the national average”. Others base them on a very small number of total patients and yearly cycle starts. The unfortunately reality is that many centers, to a moderate degree, are misleading patients in regard to success rates. Here’s a few things to consider:

  • Most centers in AZ perform less than 200 IVF cycles a year
  • Most centers exclude patients from IVF treatment based on low test results
  • Instead, all medium-to-difficult IVF cycles performed at local centers are instead funneled directly into IUI treatment, allowing fertility centers to avoid reporting lower IVF success rates to the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology
  • This diversion leads to MORE TIME spent in treatment
  • This diversion leads to MORE COSTS to the patient
  • This diversion leads to UNSUCCESSFUL IUI CYCLES
  • This diversion of treatment leads to MORE uncertainty, as an accurate infertility diagnosis has yet to be achieved

Have “a Talk” with Mom

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Your mom’s menopause history is more important than you think – and may be able to “tell” you something about your own fertility. If she went through premature menopause (between age 30-39), there’s a decent chance it may affect you as well.  And since there’s no cure, planning for the future is your best bet.

Women Freeze Their Eggs

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More than ever before, women are now delaying pregnancy until their late thirties and early forties. And more and more, fertility doctors are visited by patients who no longer have healthy eggs that can produce a pregnancy. Unfortunately, many of these patients have no idea that egg freezing even exists. But it does. And it’s just as effective as standard IVF. Via egg freezing, women can now take control of their fertility and “pause their biological clock” by freezing their eggs between the ages of 25 and 37 years old. It allows them to focus on their career or become more financially or emotionally ready for children.

Miscarriages Are Common

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Up to 25% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. It’s a sad-but-true statistic, with age by far the biggest culprit. Additional factors include embryo quality, chromosomal problems in the sperm/egg, ovulation issues caused by PCOS, and more.

LGBT Fertility; More Options!

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If you are a gay man or woman and looking to start a family, the technologies and options have improved greatly in just a few short years. Fertility centers have expanded their relationships with donor egg and donor sperm banks throughout the county, providing patients with more options than ever before.

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