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5 COMMON MYTHS ABOUT FERTILITY

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5 COMMON MYTHS ABOUT FERTILITY

For many couples, having a child is one of the greatest experiences they can have. Bringing a new life into the world and starting a family or bringing extra love to your existing family is an invaluable feeling. However, conceiving a child can be difficult for some couples and may require the help of a fertility specialist.

The thought of having to turn to outside help for such a private matter is frightening to some people, but the fertility specialist is there to help you on this journey of starting your own family. The more you are informed about the subject, the more comfortable you will feel with the whole process. We have therefore gathered some of the most common misconceptions about fertility.

 

# 1. We should try for more than a year before visiting a specialist

While the standard definition of infertility is unprotected sex for a year without conception, many couples should see a specialist for screening and diagnosis before this time. As you grow older, your chances of conceiving decrease, especially after the age of 35 to 38. Even if there are no medical problems with your fertility, it is a good idea to talk to a specialist about ways you can increase your chances of conceiving.

 

# 2. Infertility is a female problem.

Women are not the only ones contributing to infertility. Men account for about half of all infertility problems in couples. It is equally important for men to have a sperm test and check for fertility problems. Age is another factor that affects both men and women in terms of infertility. After the age of 40, the quality of men's sperm begins to decline and there is a greater risk of genetic mutations leading to chromosomal abnormalities.

 

# 3. It is not so difficult to get pregnant.

About one in six couples has some form of fertility problem. Even for a couple who do not have fertility problems, it can take up to six months to conceive a child. As mentioned earlier, as you get older, it becomes more and more difficult to conceive a child. Infertility is more common than you think and you can maximize your chances of getting pregnant with the help of a fertility specialist.

 

# 4. Infertility is a psychological problem, not a physical problem.

Many people may say, "It's all in your mind" or "Don't think too much, it will happen", but infertility is the result of a mistake with the reproductive system. While reducing stress can help improve your lifestyle and improve your chances of conceiving, it will not solve any infertility problems you may have.

 

# 5. All fertility treatments are expensive.

Depending on your diagnosis, infertility treatments can vary and vary, just like prices. A fertility specialist will discuss with you what he thinks are the best options to allow you to conceive. Sometimes the steps are much simpler and less costly than you think, and if these treatments do not work, you can explore other options. The ultimate goal is to start a family or add a new member to your existing family and the fertility specialist is there to help you on this journey.

Contact the Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fetal Medicine "Alexandros Traianos" today to schedule a consultation with the reproductive specialist and to consider your options.

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FREQUENT QUESTIONS

The association of IVF drugs with cancer risk is a major concern for women enrolled in these programs. But the plethora of bibliographic reports collected from credible scientific studies and published in reputable medical journals worldwide are reassuring and do not confirm this concern.

Of course not. In about a third of cases, infertility is due to the woman (female factor), while in a third of cases, it is due to the man (male factor). The remaining one-third is due to both (both men and women) or even to unknown factors.

The quantity and quality of a man's sperm can be affected by his health and lifestyle. Some factors that can reduce the quantity and / or quality of sperm are:

  • the alcohol
  • drugs
  • environmental toxins, including pesticides and lead
  • smoking
  • health problems
  • medicines
  • radiotherapy and chemotherapy
  • the age

Success rates vary at each IVF Center. Very important factors are also the age of the woman, the levels of her hormones and of course the sperm of the husband. Rates generally range from 45% or slightly higher for women up to 35 years old.

Infertility is defined as the failure to conceive after one year (or 6 months, if it is a woman over 35) with normal, regular sexual intercourse. In other words, when a year passes without the woman becoming pregnant, the couple should consult their doctor to determine the cause of the pregnancy and then treat it. We must all, however, be aware and not forget that the age factor is the most critical for female fertility and that the individualized approach of each couple is the "golden key" that solves the problem.

The number of treatment cycles a woman can undergo is not specified. It is certain that in our country there are high level obstetricians-gynecologists and organized infertility treatment centers, which offer impeccable medical services at this level. If there are correct indications (eg ovaries that respond to stimulation therapy, good quality endometrium, etc.) the success rate -especially with the use of newer techniques and biotechnological drugs, which show increased bioactivity compared to conventional drugs from urine- totals approximately 65%-70% after 4 cycles of treatment.

At the Center for Reproductive Medicine of Dr. Traianos we offer egg / sperm cryopreservation services for those who have a personal or medical reason and need this service. We use the most modern vitrification technique in the freezing of sperm and eggs.

The collection of eggs takes 10-15 minutes, it is not painful, it is done under intoxication and after the end of the process you return to your activities.

In general, experts agree that the fact that a couple has already had a child can be considered evidence that there is no infertility problem in the first place. It is like a small test that has been done and proves that they "succeeded" at least once. On the other hand, we need to know that in the meantime things may have changed and a problem may have arisen (eg the man may have had some inflammation that affects the quality of his sperm or has mediated something that affects female fertility: an inflammation, a gynecological surgery, an abortion, etc.). In any case, if a reasonable period of time (one year) passes and a couple can not achieve a pregnancy, then he should with the help of his doctor investigate if there has been a problem that causes infertility.