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What criteria classifies a couple as infertile?

What criteria classifies a couple as infertile?

6-12 months: If you believe you have a fertility problem, you should seek out an expert in fertility diagnosis and treatment. In women under 35, common guidance is to try for a year, if you feel you are healthy, before seeking assistance. Over age 35, 6 months. If menstrual cycles are irregular, or you have a medical condition, seek help sooner. ...Read more

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Dr. Khurram Rehman
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Infertility (Definition)

Infertility = inability to conceive or if a woman under age 35 - not being able to get pregnant after having regular sex for a year without birth control use. For a woman over 35 years old is not being able to get pregnant after having regular ...Read more


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When can a couple be evaluated for infertility?

When can a couple be evaluated for infertility?

Depends on age: A couple should be evaluated after 1 year of infertility. If the female partner is over 35 years old, the evaluation should be performed sooner at 6 months. ...Read more

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Typical young couple. What are our odds of infertility?

About 10-15%: Infertility occurs in about 10-15% of couples. We believe that normal fertility is about 20% per month and cumulatively 90% of couples succeed in a year. In 2 years over 99% of normal couples should be pregnant. It takes longer when you are older. We recommend that you see a specialist after 1 yr if female age <35 and after 6 months if older. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are the most common causes of a couple's infertility?

What are the most common causes of a couple's infertility?

Infertility: Top reasons: 1) male infertility, tied with 2) female ovulatory dysfunction, followed by 3) tubal disease (female.) 'infertility' is defined by unprotected intercourse for one year. This is based on observing 85% of normal couples conceive in that time. ...Read more

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Does anyone know roughly how much getting tested for infertility costs (for couple)?

Does anyone know roughly how much getting tested for infertility costs (for couple)?

It varies: The cost varies considerably, depending on multiple factors. In some states (like ma), insurance must cover it. In other states, insurance pays for testing but not treatment. Each fertility center has its own fees, too. At my center (sfirm), we do everything possible to minimize any costs to make testing/treatment as affordable as possible. :-). ...Read more

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What is the most effective procedure and medication for couples with unexplained infertility?

What is the most effective procedure and medication for couples with unexplained infertility?

Depends: A recent nih sponsored clinical trial recommends that most couples with unexplained infertility will do well with 3 cycles of clomid/iui followed by ivf if the Clomid (clomiphene) does not work. This must be individualized to your particular situationl the first step is a thorough evaluation with a reproductive endocrinologist. Best of luck to you! ...Read more

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When should couples see an infertility specialist?

When should couples see an infertility specialist?

Typically 1 year: I believe whenever they are ready. More usually, physicians recommend evaluation after 1 year of unsuccesful trying. When the woman is over 36 years of age, it is nowadays more appropriate to start evaluation after 6 months. I'm glad you asked when a 'couple' can start, both partners should be involved from the very beginning. ...Read more

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How can doctors investigate couples who are infertile?

How can doctors investigate couples who are infertile?

Testing: Test for health of sperm and egg, a way for them to find each other, and a healthy uterus for the embryo. This includes evaluation of the menstrual cycles, a semen analysis, vaginal ultrasound, blood test of ovarian reserve, and possibly a hysterosalpingogram. ...Read more

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Can rhesus affect fertility? If both couple are positive, can it lead to infertility?

Can rhesus affect fertility? If both couple are positive, can it lead to infertility?

Baby's health: Rh factor typically does not affect fertility, but it can affect a woman's secondary and beyond pregnancies if she is rh negative and her partner is rh positive. The baby inherits the positive trait and those rh+ proteins can get in the mother's blood. Her body then makes antibodies against this protein. The next time she gets pregnant, the antibodies can attack the fetus. Rhogam shots can prevent. ...Read more

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How does a sex therapist help couples facing infertility?

How does a sex therapist help couples facing infertility?

May be helpful: A sex therapist can be very helpful for couples struggling with having sex. Sometimes couples have infertility because they have trouble having sex. An infertility physician can do timed artificial insemination to help with conception, but sex therapy in addition to insemination would also be helpful so the couple can also have a healthy sexual relationship in addition to having a family. ...Read more

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What is the most common treatment for infertility in couples?

What is the most common treatment for infertility in couples?

Varies: There really isn't a most common treatment for infertility in couples. Many women though will take an ovulation induction agents such as Clomid (clomiphene) to regulator ovulation or to produce multiple eggs to improve chances combined with intrauterine insemination. ...Read more

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On average what is the success rate over 3 cycles of IUI for couples with unexplained infertility?

On average what is the success rate over 3 cycles of IUI for couples with unexplained infertility?

Average is 3-4 trys: 6 cycles of IUI on injectable medications costs around the same as one cycle of ivf. One takes 6+ months and ivf takes 6 weeks. Here is the "rub". 6 cycles of IUI is not as successful as 1 cycle of ivf. So it is a choice. By doing iui, you "gamble" that it works in 2-3 attempts and save money; but if not, than ultimately it costs more because when IUI does not work, you have to go to ivf. ...Read more

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If a woman of 26 starts getting a a couple to a few chin hairs is this a problem? Possible infertility?

If a woman of 26 starts getting a a couple to a few chin hairs is this a problem? Possible infertility?

No- common: Not a cuase of infertility unless you have heavy dark facial hair/moustache growth. Women truly dislike these facial chin hairs- they are usually, by themselves, not dangerous. ...Read more

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Is female egg donation for rich infertile couples morally wrong?

Is female egg donation for rich infertile couples morally wrong?

Look within yourself: Only you can judge whether if egg donation is morally wrong. Majority of infertility patients are not rich. There are people like your neighbors who have to save and may actually second mortgage there homes to pay for their treatments. The egg donors are amazing young women who are giving a precious gift. ...Read more

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