Infertility is an emotional journey for anyone facing it, and consequently, it is a complex and often misunderstood condition.
Unfortunately, there are so many common misconceptions about infertility, making it difficult to discern fact from fiction. Have no fear! Our experienced fertility specialists are here to set the record straight, and bust these myths once and for all.
Misconception #1: Infertility is a female problem only.
Infertility is often attributed to women, but male infertility is remarkably common. In fact, one-third of infertility cases are due to the female, and one-third of cases are due to the male, with the remainder caused by a mixture of male and female issues or unknown causes. Fertility specialists generally evaluate the man first.
Misconception #2: All infertility treatments produce multiples
While it’s true that fertility treatment generally increases the risk of conceiving multiples, the majority of individuals and couple will have a single baby. Treatments such as single embryo transfer—the transfer of a single high-quality embryo (fertilized egg) to the uterus following fertilization in the lab—have actually reduced the incidence of multiples and the associated risks. This is why it’s key to choose a high-caliber clinic for your treatment that is versed in the current standards.
Misconception #3: If you already have a child, you don’t have to worry about infertility
Secondary infertility, or the inability to become pregnant or carry a baby to term after previously giving birth is more common than you may have guessed. According to the National Survey of Family Growth, more than 1 million couples struggle with secondary infertility. Couples who have had a previous pregnancy think they have “normal” fertility, but that is not always the case. Secondary infertility can be due to the same factors as primary infertility, so consult your fertility specialist to determine the best course of action for you.
Misconception #4: All infertility treatments are expensive
Infertility treatments can be costly, but there is a range of options available to men and women. Many insurance companies do offer coverage for certain stages of infertility evaluation and treatment. At AZARH, we’re committed to making infertility treatment, including IVF more accessible by providing comprehensive financial counseling to all patients to help them understand all costs and options.
Misconception #5: Fertility doesn’t change with age
Age is a key factor affecting your fertility and your chances of having a child. As a woman ages, her eggs age with her, and they diminish in quantity and quality. A woman’s fertility starts to decline in her early 30s, with the decline speeding up after 35. Similarly, the quality and quantity of a man’s sperm decreases with age, and male fertility starts to decline after 40. The risk of miscarriage is higher if the father is over 45.
One in eight couples has trouble conceiving, but modern advancements in medicine make it possible for most people to have children, despite the odds.
It’s important to have access to the most accurate and up-to-date information, so if you have any questions on concerns about your infertility journey or would like to request an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us today at Arizona Associates for Reproductive Health.