There is a lot to learn about fertility and infertility. All of our patients have concerns about what can be done to help them conceive and bear children and it's only natural to have a lot of questions. The physicians and staff of CARE Fertility are always ready to personally answer your queries about infertility treatment and assisted reproductive technology. The staff at our Los Angeles-area clinics in Glendale and Rancho Cucamonga are ready to answer your questions. In addition, as an educational resource for our patients, we've provided a list of FAQs (frequently asked questions) with brief answers, plus a glossary of infertility treatment terms. Dr. Rudy Quintero also volunteers his time answering questions at FertilityTies.com and online community for those trying to conceive and going through Infertility. Please feel free to visit to ask more questions and find others going through similar situations for support. You're not alone! and we're here to help you.
What is infertility?
Infertility refers to the biological inability of a man or a woman to conceive. Infertility may also refer to the state of a woman who is unable to carry a pregnancy to full term. If a couple has not been able to conceive a child after six to 12 months of frequent sexual intercourse without using any birth control, they are considered infertile. It's estimated that approximately 15 percent to 20 percent of couples in the United States are infertile. You're not alone and there are many treatments that are now available to help couples going through infertility. To date there have been over 3MM births around the world from In-Vitro Fertilizations since the procedure became available in 1978.
When should I check with a fertility specialist?
If you are under 35 years of age and have been actively attempting to conceive for more than one year without success. Or
If you are over 35 and have been actively attempting to conceive
for six months without success.
In addition, you should consult a specialist if you suffer from any of the following conditions:
1. Blocked fallopian tubes
3. Failed to conceive after three to six months of taking Clomid or Femara
4. Genetic concerns
5. Irregular menstrual periods
6. Low sperm count
7. Multiple miscarriages
8. Ovarian Cysts
9. Ovulatory problems
10. Pelvic adhesions
11. Uterine fibroids
If you suspect that you may have fertility issues, it's always advisable to check with a fertility specialist.
Is infertility curable?
Infertility can be temporary, mainly because many of the conditions that cause infertility can be corrected. We recommend that both male and female partners be tested for infertility because in about 40 percent of the cases, the infertility is due to male factor (such as low sperm counts); in about 40 percent, the problem occurs in the female partner. The remaining cases of infertility are those of unexplained infertility, where no known cause is found.
At CARE Fertility, we're committed to bringing you the best in infertility treatment and assisted reproductive technologies in Southern California.
How are donor eggs used?
In-Vitro fertilization can be performed with donor eggs, especially in cases of increased maternal age, genetic problems, or any hormonal irregularities that impair egg production and/or egg quality. Donor eggs are fertilized in vitro with the male partner's sperm, and then the embryo is transferred to the female partner's uterus.
What exactly is "assisted reproductive technology"?
"Assisted Reproductive Technologies" encompasses all of the procedures in which fertility specialists and embryologist work with the patient to achieve a pregnancy. It involves direct manipulation of eggs, sperm, and embryos. Examples of assisted reproductive technologies are:
IVF (In-Vitro fertilization)
CSI (Intracytoplasmic sperm injection)
PGD (Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis)