We support RESOLVE‘s effort to provide support to women and men with infertility during National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW), now in its 25th year.
What is Infertility?
It’s important to know that a couple is officially experiencing infertility, which is considered a disease or condition of the reproductive system, when:
- A couple has had one year of unprotected, well-timed intercourse or for 6 months if over 35 years old
- If a woman under 25 has suffered from multiple miscarriages
The Nobel Prize in fertility medicine is to have a child named after you.” – Dr. Turek
Is Infertility the Man or the Woman’s “Fault”?
It’s important to know that a male factor infertility “issue” is found in 30% of couples experiencing infertility, and a contributing male factor is involved in 50% of couples. That means if a couple is experiencing infertility, it’s important that men (not just women) get an evaluation from a male infertility specialist at the same time as their female partner. As Dr. Turek notes in his Fertility Planit LA 2014 keynote, besides being the cause of the problem, another important reason to evaluate men for infertility is because it may be a symptom, or biomarker, for a man’s overall health and, importantly, future health. Watch the video here.
Interview with Dr. Turek