Did you know that nearly 1 in 8 couples struggle with infertility issues? The journey can be emotionally taxing, and it may feel as if you are navigating this difficult path alone. However, the reality is you are far from isolated in this struggle. This comprehensive guide aims to shed light on the intricacies of infertility, from its definition and causes to modern treatments that offer hope. Moreover, we introduce Dr. Adeeb Alshahrour, an OB/GYN specialist who is an expert in women’s reproductive health and infertility issues.
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What is Infertility?
Infertility is medically defined as the inability to conceive after one year of regular, unprotected intercourse. For those above the age of 35, this time frame shortens to six months. Understanding what infertility entails is the first step towards seeking appropriate care and treatment.
Factors Contributing to Infertility
Age and Medical History
The reasons behind infertility can be multifaceted, with contributing elements such as age and medical history playing a significant role.
Unhealthy lifestyle choices, such as smoking or excessive alcohol consumption, can also impact fertility levels adversely.
Another critical factor is hormone levels, which are paramount in the conception process and can be affected by various medical conditions.
Prevalence of Infertility
According to the National Infertility Association, roughly 10% of women in the United States experience infertility. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that about 12% of women have difficulty either conceiving or carrying a pregnancy to full term. These statistics encompass both primary and secondary infertility, illustrating that infertility is a widespread issue affecting millions.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
One of the most prevalent treatment options is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), a procedure that involves egg retrieval from the ovaries, followed by fertilization in a laboratory setting. The embryos are then implanted back into the uterus.
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
Another commonly used method is Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), which involves directly placing sperm into the uterus. This method can be particularly effective when used in conjunction with fertility drugs.
Hope on the Horizon: Dr. Adeeb Alshahrour
If you’re grappling with infertility, specialized medical assistance is crucial. Dr. Adeeb Alshahrour is an experienced OB/GYN who has helped countless couples navigate the complexities of infertility. With his expertise, numerous couples have found successful treatment plans tailored to their unique circumstances.
Infertility is a challenging ordeal, but modern medicine offers various treatments that can make your dream of starting a family a reality. We at the Women’s Health Center of Chicago are committed to supporting you throughout this journey. Reach out to us for an appointment with Dr. Alshahrour, and take the first step towards overcoming infertility.