The journey to having a family is surrounded by misconceptions; this is especially so when infertility becomes a roadblock in your plan. In this article, we shine a light on three of the most common misconceptions about conceiving.
Misconception: Infertility is just a woman’s issue.
The Truth: Infertility is both a female and male issue, there are many different types of infertility that can be attributed to both men and women. Each gender has their own set of diagnostic testing, many of which are available on-site at Island Fertility. Performing this testing and reviewing the results will guide the reproductive endocrinologist in making an individualized plan for the patient.
Misconception: To address your fertility concerns, your first appointment as a woman should be with the Ob/Gyn.
The Truth: Many OB/Gyns are able to treat small fertility issues in their own offices, but often diagnostic testing is needed to figure out if your issue is small or complex. This type of testing is offered on-site at Island Fertility in Commack. Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) Specialists are Ob/Gyns that have also done a fellowship in REI. They have the training of an Ob/Gyn in addition to specialized training in the field of fertility. They continue to learn about fertility issues during the duration of their careers and have access to higher technologies to help you conceive.
Misconception: When a woman opts to go the IVF route, the egg stimulation process ‘wastes’ eggs by taking out multiple ones at the same time that would have otherwise been used in other attempts.
The Truth: During each ovulation cycle, the body recruits a group of eggs but typically only one matures and is released (sometimes two resulting in fraternal twins). The other eggs that were recruited die off. In IVF, all recruited eggs may be utilized, giving a higher chance of success.
Misconception: In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) means that I will automatically conceive twins.
The Truth: IVF is the only procedure that controls the number of embryos that are transferred to the uterus. For the vast majority of patients only one embryo is placed back into the uterus in order to decrease the chances of having a multiple pregnancy. Lower technology, such as intrauterine insemination (IUI) gives the patient less control over the process and can sometimes increase the chances of having a multiple pregnancy.
If you’re 35 years old or younger and have been trying to conceive for over a year or over 35 and have been trying for 6 months, you may be infertile. Seek the help of a Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Specialist at Island Fertility by calling 631.203.8928 to schedule your appointment today.