A proactive approach to pregnancy includes infertility awareness
Congratulations on your decision to start a family! Our Virginia fertility center wants you to know that Fady Sharara, M.D., FACOG, takes a proactive approach to pregnancy. To help you on your fertility journey, Dr. Sharara believes in the power of infertility awareness and effective fertility treatment.
Infertility awareness includes understanding the causes of infertility
At our Virginia fertility center, infertility awareness involves sharing the warning signs and common causes. Dr. Sharara wants you to know that you’re not alone. In fact, about 11% of women and 7% of men in the U.S. struggle with infertility.
- Female infertility can be caused by age, ovulation issues, endometriosis, fibroids and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
- Male infertility can be caused by injuries, birth defects and medical conditions such as blockages, hormonal problems and sexual dysfunction.
- You may receive a diagnosis of unexplained infertility if a fertility specialist cannot pinpoint the exact cause.
You should also be aware of certain factors that can impact both female and male fertility.
- Health conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and STDs
- Radiation and chemotherapy as well as exposure to other chemicals and toxins
- Behaviors such as alcohol consumption, drug use and smoking
- The natural aging process
It’s important to know when to get help from our Virginia fertility center
If you’re under 35 and you have been trying to get pregnant for a year, then you should schedule an appointment with our Virginia fertility center. If you’re a woman over 35, you should come see Dr. Sharara after six months of trying to get pregnant.
The good news about infertility is that there are many fertility treatments that can help you become a parent. Dr. Sharara has decades of experience performing intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF). He also offers preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) to increase IVF success and egg freezing to preserve your fertility.
If you’re looking for more information about infertility and available treatments, please contact us today.