These days, as couples prolong getting married, there’s been a noticeable drop in the fertility rate. Most experts say that a woman reaches her fertility peak at age 24, before it begins to decline. It is, with this in mind, that women should take care of themselves due to a diminishing fertility window. This, opposed to men, who can maintain a fertilizing capacity throughout their entire life.
Generally, a woman’s inability to become pregnant becomes a concern after attempting to conceive over the course of one year’s time. Today, it is estimated that one out of seven couples is suffering from the problems of sterility.
Generally, when their period is late, most women attribute it to problems with stress. It is highly encouraged when late in the menstrual cycle that women visit their doctor to check for possible gynecological diseases that can cause sterility, such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS, one of the most common gynecological disorders, manifests itself most often with symptoms of anovulation, which ranks as one of the most likely causes of female sterility. Other symptoms include rapid weight gain, an increase in body hair (due to an access of androgen). If suffering from severe cramps, other concerns are Uterine fibroids, endometriosis, or adenomyosis.
After a year of unsuccessful attempts to conceive, it is important that couples seek the help of a qualified physician. In cases where the woman is older than 35 and suffering from an irregular period, or from had pelvic inflammation, a physician should be consulted after six months.
A Man’s Cause for Concern
The common notion that this is a woman’s dilemma is a grave misconception. Studies show that 30-35% of failures to conceive are due to infertility in men. This can be caused by a variety of disorders such as azoospermia, orchitis and varicoceleâall root causes of infertility in males.
Since sterility can be attributed to many different causes, people hoping to have children should seek out a physician at the first sign of trouble to better assess potential problems in greater detail.
When doing so, it is important to realize that not every obstetrician is trained to treat infertility. Therefore, it is highly recommended that couples seek out what’s known as a reproductive endocrinologist, a physician who specializes far beyond the scope of regular obstetrics.
It is important to realize that not every obstetrician is trained to treat infertility. Therefore, it is highly recommended that couples seek out what’s known as a reproductive endocrinologists, a physician who specializes far beyond the scope of regular obstetrics.
One of the problems is that it’s not easy for regular obstetrics clinics to afford the very high tech, and very expensive equipment needed for procedures such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). This process requires the use of equipment such as incubators, embryo cryopreservation storages, and special microscopes.
Although many people believe that IVF is the only way for infertile couples to conceive, an abundance of cases show successful results with simple procedures such as ovulation induction and artificial insemination. In fact, IVF is usually a last resort when other procedures fail to induce conception. While the conventional method of IVF can cause physical, mental, and financial difficulties due to sometimes lengthy treatments such as ovarian hyperstimulation, the latest technology offers simple, light procedures with a small amount of ovarian hyperstimulation or use of the natural cycle, depending upon each patient’s needs.
If patients suffer from conditions such as a blocked fallopian tube, we have experienced success rates as high as 90% through natural pregnancy with an procedure to unblock the passageway. This is another reason why seeking out a fully-trained physician is necessary as many clinics are quick to suggest IVF when it is both unneeded and ineffective.
Dr. Jaseong Koo is a Reproductive Endocrinologist and IVF specialist at Good Moonhwa Hospital in Busan which has delivered over 100,000 babies. Along with four obstetricians and a doctor of science at the hospital’s fertility research center, the hospital offers a full range of services for both women and men. For more information, contact the department coordinator Seo Mi-young at 051-630-0123.
You can visit good Moonhwa Hospital on the web at eng.moonhwa.or.kr
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