Dealing With Infertility
Many couples struggling with infertility wonder if the issue is common. Research shows that approximately 11% of women and 9% of men experience infertility. Before diagnosing a couple with infertility, a doctor must conduct a series of tests along with questioning the couple about sexual activity. Up to 15% of couples struggle to conceive after one year of unprotected sex.
What kind of tests does the doctor conduct for infertility?
The way infertility presents itself in both men and women is inherently different. Female infertility issues primarily affect the ovaries and uterus, while male infertility affects the sperm or testicles. Men can have problems like a low sperm count, which affects infertility. A woman with infertility may struggle with blocked fallopian tubes. The fallopian tubes are part of the uterus.
For men, doctors may perform a semen analysis to test the quality of the sperm or a testicular biopsy to detect any irregularities in the testicles. For women, doctors will conduct ovarian reserve testing to see how many eggs are present in the ovaries or hysterosalpingography to examine the uterus and fallopian tubes.
Who can I talk to about infertility issues?
Individuals or couples dealing with infertility can benefit from a support group. A support group is an assortment of people that gather together under the guidance of a health professional. A support group for couples with infertility may be a good option for couples that want a safe space to discuss infertility struggles. The groups may meet once a month or once a week, depending on the schedule set by the leader. Groups may also meet online or virtually through a webchat.
Where can I find infertility support groups?
The internet is a great place to research infertility groups in the local area. These groups may be affiliated with a larger organization or may be small, independent groups. Group size may also vary, and peers instead of medical professionals lead some groups. There are various options available, so the couple should look around to find a group that fits the couple’s needs.
Should I talk to my doctor?
Doctors are another excellent resource for patients seeking more information regarding infertility support groups. If the doctor works with a fertility clinic, the clinic may run workshops or support groups. For more information, reach out to a fertility specialist.