Medical Minute 3-5-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

March 5, 2012 - Women can only get pregnant while they're still producing eggs. However, between the ages of 30 and 40, the chance of conceiving naturally drops to 50-percent. And from the ages of 40 to 42, it drops by half again. By age 45, the chance of getting pregnant is less than one-percent. One option is to freeze your eggs. That process starts with ultrasound monitoring, checking the ovaries for development of the eggs, blood tests, and going upstairs and retrieving eggs using surgery, and getting those eggs into the lab. You need to consider the cost before freezing your eggs. It's expensive. But doing thorough research, seeing what your health insurance will cover, and utilizing things like a health care savings account to pay for the procedures is a good place to start.

Also, infertility is an emotional and exhausting experience for both women and men. Male infertility is often *not* discussed, even though half of all infertility among couples is caused by the man. According to experts, it probably affects about 12 percent of men in general and it can be caused by a multiple factors such as genetics, irregular chromosomes, obesity, drug use, even smoking. For some men, infertility is the result of something as simple as an undetected cluster of veins. Good news is...You can improve it...And it's just a simple occlusion technique. In about 80 percent of cases you get improved production and you can essentially enhance fertility rates about 60, 70 percent.


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