Infertility—a couple’s inability to become pregnant after a year of frequent unprotected intercourse—is a topic people seldom want to discuss but a reality we must face as a community. Nearly 10-15% of the population is infertile, a diagnosis that carries a social stigma and causes personal crisis for partners trying to conceive.
“Patients diagnosed as infertile tend to blame and punish themselves. Infertility doesn’t mean you’re cursed or socially unaccepted. The truth is healthy and fertile couples only have approximately a 15% chance of conception each month, a percentage that could have couples trying to conceive for quite awhile as well. It’s not the end of the road for infertile couples; today there are options and numerous medical facilities and resources to help patients overcome infertility,” said Dr. Salama of Muir OB/GYN Specialists in Hazleton.
Is there help for me? Infertility is an uphill battle that requires professional help from a skilled physician. Both Dr. Scott Muir and Dr. Farag Salama of Muir OB/GYN Specialists provide local patients with high quality fertility services conveniently close to home. While advanced treatments, such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), are provided at larger acute-care centers, Dr. Muir and Dr. Salama’s services are a huge steppingstone for patients seeking conception.
What can I expect? “We provide our patients with a full medical workup in order to achieve diagnosis: counseling, physical exams, ovulation testing, semen analysis, and tests to evaluate the uterus and tubal patency. We offer hormonal treatments, procedures like intrauterine insemination (IUI), and counseling throughout the entire process. We address areas of unexplained infertility, which can be up to 10-15% of all cases,” said Dr. Salama.
Who do I call for help? Fertility treatments are often a non-covered service by insurance, so it’s critical for couples to, first and foremost, communicate their emotional and financial starting and ending point when seeking fertility treatment. For a consultation about fertility treatments, call Muir OB/GYN Specialists for an appointment at 570-459-6000.
Sidebar facts: the truth about infertility
One of many myths surrounding infertility is it’s a female problem. The truth is, women and men bear equal responsibility for infertility.
40% of the time female
40% of the time male
20% of cases are either combined infertility or unexplained
Men and women may be infertile for a multitude of reasons, but there a few things doctors check off the list right away. Ovulation difficulties and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) are the most common causes of female infertility, while male infertility most often is caused by infections, such as mumps during childhood or varicose veins in the scrotum. Smoking adversely affects both male and female fertility.