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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is Infertility?
A reproductive condition that impairs the ability to conceive a child.

Q. What causes infertility?
In men the most common cause is azoospermia (no sperms are being produced) and oligospermia (low sperm count). Other causes could be cystic fibrosis or a chromosomal abnormality.

In women, infertility is most commonly caused by an ovulation disorder. But, other factors like blocked fallopian tubes, pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, and uterine fibroids may also be contributors. Fertility does decline in women after the age of 35, however there are so many scientific breakthroughs that are enabling women to conceive much later in life. Dr. Blake is current on all of the latest fertility treatments.

Q. How do I know if I am infertile?
The American Society of Reproductive Medicine suggests that women under the age of 35  who have tried to conceive unsuccessfully for 12 months should get tested. If you are over 35, you should get tested after 6 months of trying to get pregnant without success.

Q. What is IVF?
In vitro fertilization is a process by which the female eggs are fertilized by sperm outside the body.

Q. I’ve heard that fertility treatment may cause me to have twins or multiples, and I only want one child… Are there options for me?
Yes, there are several options for you. Please call us at 301-608-9480 and make an appointment today.

Q. Can I freeze my own eggs?
Yes. We work with several facilities that will allow you to freeze your eggs for future pregnancies.

Q. Can my partner freeze his sperm?
Yes. We work with several facilities that will allow your partner to freeze his sperm for future pregnancies.

Q. Do you offer artificial insemination?
Yes, call our office for an appointment so we can address your treatment options.

Q. Do you have egg donors?
Yes. We have access to a comprehensive donor database and we have a list of private donors as well.

Q. Can a donor inseminate me?
Yes. This is one of our treatment options.

Q. Are In Vitro babies healthy?
“July 2, 2003 -- Babies born with the assistance of the infertility treatments in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) don't face any more health problems than babies conceived by natural means, according to the longest-running study to date.
Researchers say the study provides the most comprehensive evidence so far that IVF and ICSI procedures are safe.”

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Q. Will I need fertility help with my next pregnancies too?
That can only be determined after a full evaluation. Please call us today to schedule - 301-608-9480

Q. Are there risks to my health or my baby’s health?
Within every medical procedure there are always some risks. However, the percentages of risk within artificial insemination are very low in comparison to many other surgeries. Please call us at 301-608-9480 to schedule a full medical evaluation and review the risk factors specifically associated with you.

 
 
 
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