NECN Morning Show Features RSC New England Doctors Discussing Advances in Infertility

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With more women delaying pregnancy, local fertility experts urge women not to wait to seek fertility assessment.

Infertility increases in the 30s

Seek help early as infertility increases in the 30s

"Nearly 1 in 3 couples who come to see us for help getting pregnant have waited too long, " states Isaac Glatstein, MD, Associate Medical Director at the Reproductive Science Center of New England (RSC)

Reproductive Science Center of New England helped NECN kick off Baby Week on The Morning Show with a look at the important issue of infertility. Viewers experienced the joy of a young couple who was able to conceive through infertility treatments, explored causes and treatments of infertility and learned about cutting edge developments that are transforming the field.

There were two segments: Technological Advances in Infertility Treatment featuring Dr. Samuel Pang and Infertility Causes, Treatment Options and When to Seek Treatment featuring Dr. Carla DiGirolamo.

RSC New England is an Award-Winning Fertility Center in Boston and New England with highly accomplished experts and staff, many of whom are pioneers in the IVF field.

About Infertility
As many as 1 in 5 couples is challenged by infertility—the inability to get pregnant over a period of time with unprotected intercourse. About 40% of infertility issues are the result of female factors and 40% are due to male factors. The remaining 20% of cases are either a result of both partners or occur for unknown reasons. When couples seek help for infertility, both male and female partners should be evaluated.

Age and Declining Fertility
Delaying parenthood into the 30s and even 40s is becoming increasingly common—career, lack of a long-term partner, and a desire for independence may all play a role. Yet most assume that it will be easy to get pregnant when they’re ready.

With 1 in 5 couples challenged by infertility, nothing could be further from the truth. “Age is the dominating factor when it comes to fertility,” explains Isaac Glatstein, MD, Associate Medical Director at the Reproductive Science Center of New England (RSC). Ovarian reserve, the number and quality of eggs a woman has available when she tries to conceive, is the major factor linking age and infertility. “By age 35, about 11% of women will have an infertility issue, that increases to 33% between age 35 and 40,” he states. “Nearly 1 in 3 couples who come to us for help getting pregnant have waited too long.”

A Fertility IQ Survey of over 1,000 women between the ages of 25 and 35, conducted by EMD Serono in 2011, found that:

  •      7 out of 10 women plan to have children at some point
  •     Most plan to delay pregnancy until their 30s
  •     30% have no concern about trying to conceive and believe they will have an average or easier time becoming pregnant compared to most women
  •     78% have never discussed age as an infertility factor with their Ob/Gyn

When to seek treatment
The help of a fertility specialist should be enlisted whenever a problem is suspected. According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM):

  •     Women under 34 should seek fertility help after trying to become pregnant for one year, through unprotected sexual intercourse, without success
  •     Women 35 years and older should seek fertility help after trying to become pregnant for six months without success
  •     Women 39 years old and over should seek help after 3 months of trying to become pregnant without success

Infertility Treatment Options
The majority of infertility conditions (85-90%) can be resolved with conventional therapies such as drug treatment and intrauterine insemination (IUI), or surgical repair of reproductive organs. For women who have blocked or absent fallopian tubes, or for men who have low sperm counts, in vitro fertilization (IVF) offers a chance at parenthood for couples who would otherwise have no hope of having a "biologically related" child. IVF accounts for less than 5 percent of all infertility treatment in the United States.

Choosing a fertility center
Look for the following in a fertility center:

  •     Longevity of Center: how long it has been in business and how many procedures and cycles have been performed there
  •     The experience and recognition of the center’s reproductive endocrinologists
  •     The center’s singleton birth rate: most people want only one child, yet many centers implant multiple embryos to insure success, which often results in multiple gestational births
  •     The range of treatment options and services provided by the center

RSC New England helps people achieve healthy pregnancies by providing the most advanced fertility solutions and exceptional patient care. We are proud to be a nationally recognized Top 10 Fertility Treatment Center, and our award-winning physicians and Center of Excellence distinctions ensure you will receive the highest quality care and best outcomes throughout your journey to parenthood. With 11 convenient locations across New England and a proven record of success, we are dedicated to helping couples realize their family dreams.

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