Common Infertility FAQs

What is infertility?

Infertility is the inability to conceive after a year of unprotected intercourse in women under 35, after six months in women over 35, or the inability to carry a pregnancy to term. Couples who have known barriers to fertility, such as endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndromemale factor infertility, tubal disease (i.e. prior ectopic pregnancy), irregular cycles, etc., do not need to sit out the traditional waiting period to seek expert care for infertility.

How common is infertility?

One in every eight couples of childbearing age has an infertility problem. There is a female problem in 30% of the cases, a male problem in 40% of the cases, and a combined problem of the couple in 20% of cases. Therefore, it is essential that both the man and the woman be evaluated during an infertility work-up. In 10% of cases, the problem is “unexplained”, meaning that all testing yielded normal results.

When should I seek help for infertility?

You do not need to wait to seek expert medical advice for treatment for infertility. If the male partner has a known or suspected low sperm count or the female partner has a history of pelvic inflammatory disease, prior ectopic pregnancy, painful periods, recurrent miscarriage, or irregular periods, we suggest treatment as soon as you decide it is time to expand your family.

What are “primary” and “secondary infertility”?

Primary infertility is infertility without ever conceiving or successfully carrying a pregnancy to a live birth. Secondary infertility is the inability to conceive again after one or more successful pregnancies.

Am I infertile?

How do you know you are infertile?  Many patients ask this question after unsuccessful attempts to conceive. Testing is the only proven method of finding out why you are unable to conceive.

Blood work and ultrasound tests may be completed on-site at our laboratory facilities. Depending upon the time they are conducted and the type of tests they are, results may be available within 24 hours or up to a week.

What to Expect

Basic infertility work-up includes only a few tests. RMA has determined the following 4 factors to be most helpful in providing the correct diagnosis and designing an individualized treatment plan for you.

  1. Detailed Patient History and Examination
  2. Ovarian Function Testing
  3. HSG
  4. Semen Analysis

All of our physicians review the results of the work-up with our patients and design a unique individualized plan of treatment to help achieve their family planning goals.

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