Frequently Asked Questions
— 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?
You should check with fertility specialists such as those at CARE Fertility:
- If you are under 35 years of age and have been actively attempting to conceive for more than one year without success.
- 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:
- Blocked fallopian tubes
- Filed to conceive after three to six months of taking Clomid or Femara4
- Genetic Concerns
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Low sperm count
- Multiple miscarriages
- Ovarian Cysts
- Ovulatory problems
- Pelvic adhesions
- Uterine fibroids
If you suspect that you may be infertile, 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)
- ICSI (Intracytoplasmic sperm injection)
- PGD (Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis)
CARE Fertility services
— Does CARE Fertility offer Tubal Reversals?
Yes. Dr. Rudy Quintero is a Board Certified Fertility Doctor with years of experience performing tubal reversals. The procedure is an outpatient procedure (you go home the same day) and is done at our Glendale surgery center.
— Does CARE Fertility have a donor/egg sperm program?
When a donor’s sperm is necessary, CARE Fertility can help you find the right bank for you, we have various affiliations with several banks and egg donor organizations. We can also help you when your own donor is being utilized, along with in-vitro fertilization or IUI procedures. CARE Fertility provides safe and reliable methods to achieve your pregnancy.
— Does CARE Fertility provide Egg freezing (Ovocyte Cryopreservation) services?
CARE Fertility provides egg freezing with IRB approval from GAMC as recommended by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). Eggs (Oocyte) are placed on a special freezing environment. They can remain frozen for months or even years, and can be thawed for use in IVF in the future.