According to the CDC, approximately 7.5 million women aged 15-44 experiencing fertility trouble in the United States, 6.9 million of them have used some sort of infertility treatment. Infertility problems are usually defined for women under 35 as having normal, unprotected sex for a year (for women over 35 its six months) without pregnancy. For many the next step is visiting a reproductive endocrinologist, a infertility specialist.
Men can be infertile too
Women tend to place the blame on themselves, but in 35 percent of the cases the man has an issue. Infertility in men is typically evaluated with a semen analysis, measuring the number of sperm (concentration), motility (movement), and morphology (shape). A number of medical conditions can contribute like diabetes, cystic fibrosis and treatments for cancer like chemotherapy and radiation. Bad habits don’t help and being overweight, heavy alcohol use and smoking can all contribute to abnormal sperm.
Women are more complex
Women need functioning ovaries (to manufacture and periodical secrete eggs), fallopian tubes (to carry the eggs) and uterus (to allow the fertilized embryo to attach and develop) to get pregnant. Conditions affecting any one of these organs can contribute to female infertility. Some of the indicators are quite obvious, for instance a woman that is experiencing irregular periods is likely not ovulating. Others are more difficult, monitoring hormone levels during the menstrual cycle and observing the egg secreting follicles with an ultrasound.
Blocked fallopian tubes (tubal occlusion) can often occur as a result of conditions such as endometriosis and are best evaluated and treated with a laparoscopy, a surgical procedure in which a small incision is made and a viewing tube called a laparoscope is inserted to observe and possibly correct the issue.The physical characteristics of the uterus are best evaluated by trans-vaginal ultrasound to look for fibroids or other abnormalities which are best treated by surgery.
The complexity of the medical issues make your selection of a reproductive medicine group Tampa very important. Its is a very complicated and technical field of medicine and the best doctors are involved in large and active practices with many well trained and experience staff. The fertility business is a $3 billion industry (egg donation alone has become an $80 million market), the services of these groups are expensive and not all procedures are covered by insurance. Because of that there are usually only a few medical groups in even a large community like Tampa. The best reproductive medicine group Tampa are:
The Reproductive Medicine Group is filled with physicians and staff that are fully equipped and integrated to provide every aspect of evaluation, diagnostic testing, surgical procedures and treatments to help you achieve a pregnancy. They have an active egg donor program for patients that can not provide a viable egg but wants to carry the fetus to term as the beginning of her life with her child.
The University of South Florida USF operates the IVF and Reproductive Endocrinology program at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine delivering the very best infertility and reproductive endocrine care available to their patients.