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Introduction to Infertility

It is estimated that 30-40% of women and men have difficulty in conceiving. The definition of infertility is the inability to conceive after a year of unprotected intercourse in women under 35, or after six months in women 35 or over, or the inability to carry a pregnancy to term. Also included are diagnosed problems of anovulation, tubal blockage, low sperm count, low morphology, etc.

A diagnosis of infertility is not a diagnosis of sterility. While about 15% of all couples are infertile, only 1% is sterile (meaning that conception is physically ruled out). Of the couples that seek help, more than half can eventually conceive a child.

If you fall under any of the following you may want to seek specialized reproductive assistance:

  • Regular unprotected intercourse with no pregnancy for a year
  • Trying to conceive for at least 6 months when 35 years of age or older
  • Irregular or difficult menstrual cycles
  • A history of pelvic pain, infections, uterine fibroids, cysts, endometriosis
  • Abdominal or reproductive surgery
  • Two or more miscarriages

Male problems that may alert you to a problem may include:

  • Low sperm count, motility, morphology
  • Prostatitis, urinary infections
  • Reproductive surgery

Methods of Impregnation:
The following is a list, from preferred to less preferred, of methods of impregnation:

  • Sexual intercourse
  • Artificial insemination
  • Fresh sperm preferred over frozen.

For a variety of reasons, predominately social and environmental, concerns surrounding the difficulty in conceiving have risen in recent years. Many women and couples are seeking the assistance of Acupuncture, Herbal medicine, and reproductive endocrinologists for A.R.T. (Assisted Reproductive Technology). This is encouraged.
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