Frequently Asked Questions
Answers from Our Palm Beach Fertility Specialist
Starting a family is an exciting time in your life. However, it can also
be extremely stressful, especially when you are dealing with infertility
issues. Let Palm Beach Fertility Center help. Our knowledgeable staff
can answer your questions and concerns to help you better understand your
Read some answers to frequently asked questions below or call (888) 819-5177 to
request an appointment to discuss your unique situation.
Am I infertile?
About 85% of young, healthy, heterosexual couples conceive after one year
of trying, and about 93% are successful after two years. The standard
definition of infertility is the inability to conceive after 12 months
of unprotected sexual intercourse. Today, this has been modified to take
age into account, and now women over 35 may be considered infertile if
they have failed to conceive after trying for six months. Some specialists
halve that number to three months for women over 40. If you suspect you
are infertile or are at risk for being infertile, speak with a medical
professional to discuss your options.
What's the difference between sterility and infertility?
Sterility means that it is impossible for a couple to conceive a child.
A diagnosis of sterility is given after a thorough examination concludes
that there is no sperm production and ovulation cannot occur.
Infertility, on the other hand, means that a couple is not sterile but
for some reason has not been able to conceive a child.
There are three conditions that need to be met for conception to be possible:
- Sperm must be present
- The fallopian tubes must be open
- Ovulation must be able to occur
If one or more of these conditions is not met, the couple suffers from
"true infertility." If all three conditions are met but the
couple has failed to conceive, the diagnosis is "sub-fertility."
Once a couple is diagnosed as infertile, the doctor will perform tests
to determine the cause or causes. Then treatment can begin. Today's
technology often allows even truly infertile couples to conceive a child,
sometimes with the assistance of a third party donor or surrogate.
Should I consider seeking professional treatment for infertility?
People who consider undergoing
IVF or other
assisted reproductive techniques (ART) often do so after they have failed to conceive for 12 months. Others who
have known risk factors for infertility seek treatment sooner.
Reasons for this include:
- The female partner is over 35 years old
- Either partner has received injuries or been diagnosed with conditions
that affect fertility (endometriosis, pelvic infection, polycystic ovarian
syndrome, undescended testicles)
- Either partner has a family history of genetic disorders (Tay-Sachs disease,
- The couple has not been helped by ovulation induction or infertility treatments
- The female partner has had multiple unsuccessful pregnancies for other reasons
Single women and
lesbian couples may also obtain professional assistance when attempting to conceive a child.
I've been diagnosed as infertile. Will I need in vitro fertilization (IVF)?
Not necessarily. Most couples find that they can successfully conceive
with the help of medications, fertility drugs, or occasionally surgery.
Only a small percentage of infertile couples, about 5%, require advanced
treatments such as IVF,
ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection), and