You’ve probably heard of the term infertile, but what is infertility exactly? To start, infertility is the inability to conceive within one year or within six months if you’re over the age of 35.
Quick Facts: What is Infertility?
- Infertility affects about 6.1 million women and their partners in the U.S. — about ten percent of the reproductive-age population
- Most infertility cases, 85 to 90 percent, are treated with conventional therapies, such as drug treatment or surgical repair of reproductive organs
- Infertility affects men and women equally
Signs and Symptoms of Infertility
Most often, there are no symptoms of infertility. The following signs and symptoms of infertility do not always indicate that you are infertile. However, you may need to see a fertility specialist if you’ve been trying to conceive without success for some time and are experiencing (or have been previously diagnosed with) any of the following:
- Genital infection
- Pelvic infection
- Endocrine dysfunction
- Sexual dysfunction
- Irregular menstrual cycles
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Uterine Fibroids
When is it the right time to seek help?
If you’re having trouble conceiving, don’t get discouraged. Approximately one in ten couples will experience difficulty conceiving due to infertility in men or women. There are many treatment options that can help you achieve your dream of having a baby. In the past seven years, there was a 120 percent increase in the number of births using assisted reproductive technology, and the numbers are increasing every day. The sooner you seek help, the sooner you can realize your goals.