Worried About Infertility? Get a Proper Diagnosis by a Doctor Who Cares

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Infertility is more common than you may think. About 15% couples in the United States have trouble getting pregnant. Infertility is officially defined as not being able to get pregnant after a year of trying if you’re under 35 and after six months of trying to conceive for those over 35. But when you’re ready to have a baby, every single month you don’t conceive can make you feel like a failure.

Although infertility is often thought of as a female problem — usually an older female problem — infertility is just as often due to the male partner, and it can happen to women and men of all ages. About a third of the time, infertility is due to the man, a third of the time it’s attributed to the woman, and the other third of infertility cases are due to both partners, or there is not diagnosable reason found.

The goal of National Infertility Awareness Week, which is April 21-29, is to make people aware of the causes, that it can happen to anyone, and the importance of seeing a specialist for an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment.

Infertility risks and causes

There are lifestyle factors that may raise your risk for infertility and that you can modify, such as:

And there are factors that you can’t modify on your own such as age and certain medical conditions.

But with an accurate diagnosis, you can treat these medical conditions. For both men and women, age increases your risk of infertility. Still, there are treatment options that can help even if one or both members of you are of an advanced age.

Most male fertility problems are related to sperm issues. A man may produce too few sperm, his sperm can have movement problems, or the sperm can be misshapen. All of these sperm problems can affect his ability to get his partner pregnant.

A man’s sperm issues can be the result of a traumatic accident, medication, chronic diseases such as cystic fibrosis, or a condition he was born with or developed.

Most biological female infertility issues are related to ovulation problems. If a woman does not ovulate, there is no egg to be fertilized by the man’s sperm. Some health issues that affect ovulation include:

Infertility treatment options

At Joyce Family Chiropractic and Wellness, infertility specialist Dr. Natalie Schultz has extensive experience and has had great success treating couples with infertility. After a thorough examination and series of tests, she’s often able to pinpoint the cause of your infertility.

She then devises a comprehensive and personalized treatment plan that may include a combination of the following treatments:

If you’re having trouble getting pregnant or staying pregnant, call infertility specialist Dr. Natalie Schultz at Joyce Family Chiropractic and Wellness, located in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood of Chicago. You can also make an appointment online through this website.

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