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  • In the case where a woman has blocked fallopian tubes or one of the fallopian tubes is missing all together, in vitro fertilization (IVF) is sometimes undertaken. This is also often the method that is considered if a man has a low sperm count.

  • Often finding the cause of infertility in a woman can be invasive, emotional and often uncomfortable, both physically and mentally. Sometimes it can be easy to detect, however most of the time it is an involved process that takes months and sometimes years.

  • Infertility is an emotional laden issue that can also be embarrassing to discuss with others. Some people even have a difficult time speaking with their doctors about the problem.

  • Infertility brings with it a multitude of questions for those who are infertile and also for those who have family members who are suffering with the problem of infertility and wish to gain information to help their loved ones

  • It is generally recommended that couples that have been trying to get pregnant for a year and still are not should seek medical assistance. The physician will perform a complete physical exam on both partners in order to determine how healthy each person is and to evaluate whether a physical problem is to blame for the infertility or not.

  • Most experts define infertility as not being able to get pregnant after at least one year of trying. Women who are able to get pregnant but then have repeat miscarriages are also said to be infertile.

  • Infertility is an unfortunate circumstance that affects the reproductive system and impairs the ability to conceive children. It is estimated that 6.1 people throughout the United States are infertile.

  • Before medicine is decided upon as a treatment for female infertility, a doctor will perform a complete physical exam on the patient as well as ask a multitude of questions about the patient's present state of health (both physical and mental), medical history and sexual patterns

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  • Infertility can be treated in a variety of ways. It can be treated by way of conventional medicine, surgery, assisted reproductive technology (ART) or artificial insemination. Sometimes one treatment will be tried and if it does not prove successful, another will be attempted.

  • Loosely put, assisted reproductive technologies (ART) is a term that is used to describe a number of different methods that are used to help infertile couples have a baby. Assisted reproductive technologies is a complex process where eggs are surgically removed from a woman's body and then are mixed with sperm in a laboratory

  • Infertility is defined as the "inability to naturally conceive a child or to carry a pregnancy to full term." The majority of medical experts will not classify a person and/or a couple as infertile until they have been trying for at least a year to get pregnant without any success.

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Infertility Facts
A Look at In Vitro Fertilization
Frequently Asked Questions About Infertility Part One
How is Infertility Diagnosed?
Medicines to Treat Female Infertility
What is Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)?
Common Fertility Tests for Women
Frequently Asked Questions About Infertility Part Two
Is Infertility a Woman's Problem?
Treatment for Infertility
What is Infertility?
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