SOLUTIONS TO INFERTILITY: SURROGACY, EGG FREEZING, IN VITRO FERTILIZATION
- Approximately 90% of infertility cases are treatable with medical therapies such as drug treatment, surgical repair of reproductive organs and assisted reproductive techniques such as intrauterine insemination and in vitro fertilization.
- A weight loss of 5% to 10% may dramatically improve ovulation and pregnancy rates in women who are considered obese. Obesity may also cause an increased risk of miscarriage and decreased success with fertility treatments.
- While vital for some patients, in vitro fertilization and similar treatments account for less than 3% of infertility services, and about seven hundredths of one percent (0.07%) of U.S. health care costs.
- As of 2014, almost one million U.S. babies have been conceived via in vitro fertilization (IVF) since the procedure was developed in the 1980s.
12% to 15% of couples who are unable to conceive after one year of trying or six months, if a woman is 35 or older, are considered infertile.
10% of couples participating in unprotected sex, who are unable to have a live-born baby, are considered to be infertile.
About 9% of men and about 11% of women of reproductive age in the United States have experienced fertility problems.
In one-third of infertile couples, the problem can't be identified or is with both the man and woman.
Approximately one-in-eight couples are affected by infertility in the United States. That’s about 6.7 million people each year who have trouble conceiving.
On average, 30% of the confirmed cases of infertility can be attributed solely to the female, 30% solely to the male, 30% a combination of both partners, and in 10% of cases the cause is unknown.
INFERTILITY IN WOMEN
Recurring miscarriages and pregnancy loss may indicate underlying problems if you have been able to conceive, but are unable to stay pregnant. However, 60% of women who experience recurring miscarriages go on to have healthy pregnancies and births without further treatment.
About 10 percent of women (6.1 million) in the United States ages 15-44 have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Fertility declines with age in women, but the effects of age are much greater in women. In their 30s, women are about half as fertile as they are in their early 20s, and a woman's chance of conception declines significantly after age 35.
In one-third of infertile couples, the problem is with the woman.
The natural fertility rate is only about 20% per month for a healthy, fertile 30-year-old woman. That means that for every 100 fertile, 30-year-old woman trying to get pregnant in one cycle, 20 will be successful and the other 80 will have to try again.
Thirty-five is the average age of females when their natural fertility begins to show a marked decline. A woman’s best reproductive years are in her 20s. By age 40, a woman’s natural chance of pregnancy is less than 5% per cycle.
INFERTILITY IN MEN
In one-third of infertile couples, the problem is with the man.
Fertility declines with age in men as well, but more gradually.
In approximately 40% of infertile couples, the male partner is either the sole or a contributing cause of infertility.
Over the past few years, a handful of celebrities have come forward to confess that they are unable to conceive or are having difficulty conceiving; the most famous of them all, Kim Kardashian, Gabrielle Union, and Amy Schumer. Keeping their fans in the know is noble, but we don’t hear much about what they are doing to support regular women who are struggling with the same issues. In addition to dating options, Smitten & Hitch offers a coparenting segment to assist individuals who are too busy to explore financing options for becoming a parent, in addition to those who don’t know the option of coparenting was available to them. We do the leg work to find out what’s best for you and are with you every step along the way to delivering your little one. Part of the issue is not knowing what kinds of questions to ask or what is applicable to you, so we’ve provided some information for you below.
WHAT RESEARCHERS CLASSIFY AS NORMAL
40% to 60% of couples who are younger than age 30 and generally healthy are able to conceive in the first 3 months of trying.
A healthy sperm count is above 40 million, and a count of 10 million or less is considered low.
Interestingly enough, men with sperm counts between 10 and 40 million may still cause a pregnancy if the sperm has good motility, movement, and morphology, or shape.
CAUSES OF INFERTILITY IN WOMEN:
For women experiencing infertility, over one-third can trace their problem back to tubal factors. This includes blocked tubes due to infection or endometriosis, plus factors affecting the peritoneum (lining of the pelvis and abdomen), all fall under this category.
25% of all women having trouble conceiving can link their infertility to problems with ovulation, making it one of the most common causes of infertility.
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