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Infertility Statistics and Infertility in Men

couple-walking-autumnInfertility is a common problem that affects one out of every ten couples trying to conceive. Perhaps because of social stigma, infertility is rarely publicized or discussed, despite common occurrence. Recently, several celebrities have opened up on social media about their personal struggles in trying to conceive. Hopefully, these discussions will promote greater awareness of the both the causes of infertility, and the treatments for infertility.

Historically, any discussion about infertility has focused on infertility in women. People are often surprised to learn that 50% of all cases of infertility involve infertility in men. Causes of infertility in men range from abnormalities in sperm count, to hormone imbalances, and problems with ejaculation. In many cases, these male fertility issues can be treated either medically or surgically.

As a urologist who specializes in Men’s Reproductive Health, I can say that a diagnosis of infertility affects all aspects of a man’s life. Medically, a diagnosis of infertility can be worrisome because it may be an indicator of a potentially serious underlying medical condition. Psychologically, a diagnosis of infertility can lead profound feelings of guilt, anger, and low self-esteem.

Infertility statistics clearly show that infertility is a couple’s problem, and must be faced as a team. If you have concerns about your or your partner’s fertility potential, or need more information about fertility treatment options available at the Emory Reproductive Center, call 404-778-4898 to schedule or visit Emory’s Reproductive Center.

About Dr. Mehta

mehtaDr. Akanksha Mehta is an Assistant Professor of Urology at Emory University School of Medicine.

Dr. Mehta graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, with double Bachelor degrees; Science (Biology) and International Relations. Dr. Mehta attended Alpert Medical School at Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI, where she also did her General Surgery internship and Urology residency. She then completed a fellowship in Male Infertility and Microsurgery at Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York, NY, before joining Emory Urology in 2013, as the inaugural Health Services Scholar. Dr. Mehta is a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology (2015).

Dr. Mehta’s clinical interests lie in the area of male reproductive and sexual medicine, and microsurgery. She currently serves at the Director of Male Reproductive Health at Emory Urology, and is a Guest Researcher in the Division of Reproductive Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Mehta’s research interests lie in studying the impact of male factor infertility on clinical outcomes following the use of assisted reproductive technologies, as well as the recovery of sexual function among prostate cancer survivors. She is the recent recipient of a Urology Care Foundation Research Scholar award for her work.

Dr. Mehta currently serves as the Director of Undergraduate Medical Education, and is closely involved in teaching and mentoring medical students and urology residents. She has authored several book chapters and peer-reviewed publications in Urology, and has presented at both regional and national meetings.

Outside of Urology, Dr. Mehta maintains a keen interest in International Health; she has been involved in providing clinical care in Cambodia, Kenya, and Bangladesh.

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National Infertility Awareness Week: You Are Not Alone

Infertility Awareness WeekThis week, April 19-25, is National Infertility Awareness Week. At the Emory Reproductive Center, we know well the pain that infertility causes those who are ready to grow their family. Infertility is extremely isolating – it can be difficult to share fertility struggles with friends who seem to conceive easily, or to face family members who continually ask about plans for a baby.

That’s why we’re happy that the theme “You Are Not Alone” has been chosen for this year’s National Infertility Awareness Week. Since infertility is rarely discussed, many people don’t realize just how common the issue is – in fact, infertility impacts 1 in 8 couples of reproductive age. What’s more, people who are unaware of how common infertility is may not realize just how many options we have to treat it.

In the spirit of raising awareness about infertility, we’d like to share some basic facts about this medical condition:

  • We define infertility as the inability to become pregnant after a certain period of time of unprotected intercourse. For women under age 35, that period of time is one year; for women over the age of 35, that period of time is six months. Some patients may have risk factors that make infertility more common, such as endometriosis, and those patients are encouraged to seek assistance before six months or a year has passed.
  • Infertility is not just a female problem – 30 percent of infertility cases are due to a female factor, 30 percent of infertility cases are due to a male factor, and in the rest of the cases, the cause is unknown or may be due to both a male and female issue.
  • We now have more options than ever for treating infertility, including everything from intrauterine insemination and in vitro fertilization to egg donation and surrogacy. And in vitro fertilization, or IVF, is safer than ever before, with a lower risk of multiple births compared to years earlier.

We take the theme “You Are Not Alone” seriously at Emory – once patients initiate treatment, we put together a team that supports them throughout their entire journey with us. All of our staff members are trained in the special needs of infertility patients, and from that initial work-up to the completion of treatment, we are our patients’ biggest cheerleaders.

In addition to providing our patients with a compassionate and respectful experience, we’re proud to say that our in vitro fertilization program consistently achieves success rates significantly above the national average. It’s extremely fulfilling to know that we have helped so many patients feel less alone by successfully helping them build their families.

RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, has some wonderful resources for men and women seeking more information on infertility, as does the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. We also invite you to visit our website or to call 404-778-3401 to make an appointment and learn more about your options.

About the Emory Reproductive Center

The Emory Reproductive Center, located at Emory University Hospital Midtown, manages a range of conditions that affect reproductive health, including fibroids, endometriosis, abnormal bleeding, recurrent pregnancy loss, premature ovarian insufficiency, polycystic ovary syndrome, male infertility, and genetic disorders.

We offer testing for male and female infertility issues and the latest in assisted reproductive technologies with excellent results – our in vitro fertilization (IVF) program consistently achieves success rates significantly above the national average.

Our fellowship-trained physicians are faculty members at the Emory University School of Medicine. Learn more about our team.