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Varicocele & Male Infertility

Approximately 15% of men have a varicocele – a dilation of veins in the scrotum surrounding a testis usually felt like a “bag or worms.”  Certainly not all men with a varicocele experience infertility, but a varicocele is discovered in 40% of infertile men.  The damaging effects of a varicocele on fertility results from the […]

Men are Afraid to Read About These Things

When couples experience difficulty conceiving, about 20% of the time a male factor is solely responsible for the cause; and males are a contributing factor in roughly 30 – 40% of cases. That’s more than men would like to admit, which is why it’s so important to diagnosis the actual problem quickly instead of letting […]

Facts about IUI

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) was at one time referred to as Artificial Insemination, and fertility doctors have used this procedure for years to improve fertility rates and help families conceive. It is a simple laboratory procedure that concentrates the highest quality sperm in a small amount of solution to then be injected into a female egg. IUI is used in fertility […]

7 Emotional Challenges of Infertility

Infertility affects 12% of women during their reproductive years, approximately 1 in 8. In the U.S., over seven million people struggle with this challenge. The accepted diagnosis of infertility is an inability to deliver a child after one year of unprotected intercourse provided the woman has regular menstrual cycles and the couple has no risk […]

Coping with Infertility Together

Contributing Authors:  Judith Burnett, Ph.D.; Jennifer Kusters, M.S.; Kim McGoff, M.S.; and Ruth Pearl, M.S.

Is spending time together with your partner different for you now that you are coping with infertility issues? Are you spending as much time together as you used to?

Or, is all your time together related in some way to your fertility treatments? […]

Infertility is Not a Reason to Lose Hope

Barren. Doesn’t that word sound negative, even without knowing the meaning? Synonyms listed in Merriam-Webster for the word include desolate, fruitless, devoid, and lacking. The Bible mentions “barren” several times throughout the different books, almost exclusively as uniquely a condition of women (Genesis 11:30: “Now Sarai was barren, she had no child.” ESV).

Research has proven […]