National Infertility Awareness Week
April 23rd - 29th is National Infertility Awareness Week.
Infertility is considered a disease of the reproductive system that impairs the body’s ability to perform the basic function of reproduction.
Most insurance policies will not cover infertility treatments but about one in eight couples are unable to conceive.
To get pregnant there are many steps involved:
- A woman’s body must release an egg from one of her ovaries (ovulation)
- A man's sperm must join with the egg along the way (fertilize).
- The fertilized egg must go through a fallopian tube toward the uterus (womb).
- The fertilized egg must attach to the inside of the uterus (implantation).
Infertility may result from a problem with any or several of these steps. Source
Infertility in Women
Women need functioning ovaries, fallopian tubes, and a uterus to get pregnant. Conditions affecting any one of these organs can contribute to female infertility.
Women please contact Thompson GYN, LLC if you have fertility concerns.
Infertilitty in Men
Infertility in men can be caused by different factors and is typically evaluated by a semen analysis. A specialist will evaluate the number of sperm (concentration), motility (movement), and morphology (shape). A slightly abnormal semen analysis does not mean that a man is necessarily infertile. Instead, a semen analysis helps determine if and how male factors are contributing to infertility. Source