One of the biggest, most life-changing health topics we see at Urology centers around issues with fertility for folks trying to start a family. The good news is with all of the ways science and medicine are continually improving; there are becoming more and more options for patients (both men and women) who find themselves with fertility issues.
Let’s take a deeper look at fertility and how treatments are changing as we speak.
When is it Time to Talk to Someone About Infertility?
Your urologist understands that the last thing any man or woman wants to hear is that they’re infertile, especially when they’re trying to start a family. But we want you to know that help is out there!
So, when should you see a urologist for fertility advice? It’s generally a good idea to talk to someone if you’ve been trying to get pregnant for a year but haven’t had any luck. If you’re a woman over the age of 35 who’s not been able to conceive after six months of trying, you should talk to urologist. We promise that once you get the conversation going, you and your partner will feel much better.
Should Both Partners See a Specialist?
According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, most infertility issues are split evenly between men and women, with each group responsible for about 30 percent of infertility. The remaining percentage is usually attributed to a combination of both male and female issues. Both partners should have their fertility levels monitored so that you know what you’re up against.
Sometimes, some guys are reluctant to see us because let’s face it; many men don’t even like seeing their regular doctor for a routine checkup. It’s easier to avoid it altogether! The thought of seeing a specialist and having a full fertility workup is kind of frightening for many men. Sometimes they’re a little embarrassed too by having a bit of a bruised ego if they’re struggling to get their partner pregnant. All of this is completely fine, 100 percent normal! Remember, you’re in this together, and there’s nothing you can’t handle as a couple.
A Revolution in Reproduction
One of the latest treatments doctors and scientists are working on is something called in vitro gametogenesis, which could help reduce infertility.
In this process, we’re learning how to convert cells taken from an adult via simple cheek swab into artificial or lab-produced eggs and sperm. Scientists could combine the two to create an embryo that they could later implant into a viable womb. Even adults without sperm or eggs could become biological parents, how amazing is that?