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Infertility affects about every nine to ten couples in the U.S.  Recent medical advances make it possible for most couples willing to undergo a variety of treatments to have a baby.

Getting pregnant can be a challenge for many couples.  If a couple has not been able to get pregnant after one year of unprotected sex, they should seek help, says Dr. Ricardo Loret de Mola, associate professor and chair of obstetrics and gynecology at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield.   He explains infertility problems.

SOUND BITE:  “. . . actually, infertility is more common than most people think.  We expect about every nine to ten couples to have a significant problem with infertility.  It tends to run equally between men and women.” 

Loret de Mola says there are many safe and effective therapies for overcoming fertility.  A full evaluation usually requires a few visits.  He explains some of the tests performed by fertility specialists.

SOUND BITE:  TR 1 (7:18 - 7:38)   “Typically, we will try to do a semen analysis at that time.  Do some general hormonal workup at that time. Then we wait for a period or try to start the second part of their evaluation close to a period.  We would do an assessment of the ovarian reserve of the female partner.”

Loret de Mola says any couple who is having difficulty conceiving should talk with their primary care physician who may refer them to an infertility specialist or a special clinic such as the SIU Fertility and IVF Center in Springfield.

This is Ruth Slottag at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield.