Health Chat: Why Can't We Get Pregnant
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM (EDT)
Dr. Zamip Patel, Florida Hospital andrologist, and Dr. Sejal Dharia Patel, a reproductive endocrinologist with the Center for Reproductive Medicine, will be chatting with you live, answering your questions about male and female infertility issues on May 15th at 12 p.m.
As we move into a new decade of people getting married older, and prioritizing careers, we are seeing an increase in the age in which men and women are becoming first time parents. Many couples who are now thinking about pregnancy are well into their 30s. As women begin to explore the pregnancy journey many wonder “how do I know when I should see a doctor? Is conceiving taking too long? Shouldn’t I have gotten pregnant by now?”
According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine the definition of infertility is the inability to achieve pregnancy after one year. Infertility can be primary, in which case the couple has never had children, or secondary, in which case the couple has been able to have children in the past but is now unable to conceive.
Usually 10-15% of all couples will struggle with infertility, according to Dr. Sejal Dharia Patel, a reproductive endocrinologist with the Center for Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Patel says she sees upwards of 60 new couples seeking infertility treatment every month in her practice.
Women account for infertility about 60% of the time, says Dr. Patel. She said women’s infertility is usually 30-40% related to ovulation, and about 20% of the time an issue with anatomy. Women’s infertility can be caused by a variety of issues including, but not limited to, endometriosis, fibroids, age, previous gynecological surgeries or infections, as well as various lifestyle issues such as a stress.
Dr. Zamip Patel (no relation), board certified andrologist at Florida Hospital East Orlando, says that male infertility can be the sole contributor to infertility issues in about 20% of cases and about 30 to 40% of the time both male and female factors can contribute to infertility. Common problems with the male include abnormal sperm production or function, impaired delivery of the sperm, lifestyle choices, general health or exposure to certain environmental factors.
Infertility has many dimensions. Do you have any questions for the doctors?
To request an appointment with one of the physicians, click here or call 407-303-DOCS.