Posts Tagged ‘infertility myths’

Exploring Infertility Myth #5: Most Doctors Can Treat Infertility

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Women generally rely on their OB/GYN for routine gynecological and obstetrical care. However, when pregnancy fails to occur, the patient may need to see a Reproductive Endocrinologist (REI) for advanced infertility diagnosis and treatment.

Most OB/GYN doctors receive basic training in their residency program to help recognize female infertility. Whereas a REI completes four years of OB/GYN residency then pursues an additional two years of Fellowship Training.

An REI specialist focuses only on the fertility and reproductive needs of women who wish to become parents. Once the woman achieves pregnancy, she is returned to the care of her OB/GYN who manages her pre-natal care and delivery.

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Recommendation: All patients should be involved in deciding upon their health care options. If you believe you need the services of an REI specialist, seek a very experienced infertility physician or ask your OB/GYN or your primary care physician for a referral.

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Exploring Infertility Myth #4: It is very difficult for women over age 40 to get pregnant

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Understanding the physiologic change, for women after 40 is crucial in overcoming infertility. Simple tests are available to determine ovarian function and egg quality. For women over 40, it is necessary to measure levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and Estradiol (E2). The results of these laboratory tests and the woman’s age are important in deciding the appropriate fertility treatment and expected outcome.

Keep in mind that the goal is to have a healthy child. However, when test results indicate that the outcome may be a failure, a miscarriage, or a genetically ill child, the couple is advised to consider another option. Through the miracle of egg donation or embryo donation, the uterus of the intended mother is prepared with carefully prescribed hormones and healthy embryos are placed inside the uterus.

Success rates at West Coast Fertility Centers with this technique are encouraging, with 70% to 80% of couples achieving a healthy pregnancy and the ultimate miracle of childbirth.

Recommendation: Don’t delay another minute! Take the tests to measure your ovarian reserve.

Exploring Infertility Myth #3: Your Emotions Play a Large Role when Trying to Conceive

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

No one can anticipate a visit to a fertility center. It is often a difficult and emotional decision to take the first step. Happy young couples who are hopeful about starting a family are often shocked to learn that the ability to conceive escapes them. Other couples have focused on their education and careers only to discover that their dream of having a “perfect” family is clouded by the obstacle of infertility. Feelings of anger and frustration can overwhelm successful people who are accustomed to problem solving but now feel helpless in trying to get pregnant.

 

Understanding the emotional and psychological needs of couples struggling with infertility is a key part of the treatment plan. Having a supportive, compassionate medical staff is important for patients that need extra special attention.

 

Recommendation: Learning about infertility is a good way to lower stress and to feel more in control. Develop expectation about your odds for success. It helps to explore all your options and to be persistent. Couples who don’t give up hope have the best chance of reaching their goal for pregnancy.

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Infertility Myth #2: Women Have Lots of Time to Get Pregnant

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

While it may seem unfair, women are born with a fixed, pre-determined number of oocytes (eggs). It is estimated that most, but not all women will enter reproductive life in their teens with about 100,000 eggs stored in their ovaries, each with their own potential for development. With time, egg quantity and quality is diminished. The occurrence of pelvic infections, endometriosis, cysts and adhesions can compound the problem of egg quality.

Recommendation: At West Coast Fertility Centers, we recommend that women between the ages of 30 to 35 years have a simple hormonal blood test that provides information about a woman's ovarian reserve and a time frame for a woman to attempt pregnancy.

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