Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after 12 months of regular sexual intercourse without using birth control. An estimated 10% of women in the U.S. between 15 and 44 years old have trouble conceiving or carrying a baby to term, and a similar percentage of couples have reported experiencing fertility problems in their effort to start a family.
Treatment of infertility depends on many factors, including age, how long a couple has been trying for pregnancy, and results of testing to determine a cause. While some causes of infertility cannot be corrected, many women can become pregnant with assisted reproductive technology or other procedures to restore fertility.
Evaluation is critical. Our team will consider many possibilities in determining what could be contributing to your difficulty and your best treatment options.
Causes of infertility
Age – Fertility in men starts to fall at 40 and the ability for a woman to conceive begins to fall at 32.
Childhood disease – Ramifications of disease and certain medications can affect the fertility of both men and women.
Sperm quality – Low sperm count or poor mobility of sperm can lead to difficulty in fertilizing the egg.
Egg quality – A woman may have poor quality or damaged eggs.
Genetic factors – We will look at your family history to try to identify fertility concerns.
Factors impacting fertility that are within a couple’s control
Alcohol consumption, even in small amounts
Deficiencies in iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and folic acid
A couple’s evaluation will take into consideration each individual’s history, assessment of ovarian function, cervical factors, sperm count, and tubal patency. Our team makes recommendations for you based on your specific problem. While some causes of infertility cannot be cured, there are treatments that can make it possible for a couple to conceive.
Infertility has a profound emotional, psychological and economic impact on the affected couple. It is our goal at Stark Women’s Center in Canton, Ohio to provide a comprehensive and sensitive approach, so that the couple may be successful in achieving pregnancy.
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Randall Starcher, MD
Jason Hoppe, DO
Megan Staub, MD
Diane Kreitzer, NP
Julianne Yang, MD
Sunitha Jagadish, MD
Melissa Vassas, DO
Eldy Lazaroff, NP