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Getting pregnant is easy right? Humans have been doing it since, well, forever and plenty of people have babies without even trying. So how much do you really need to know?
A lot more than you think, according to Dr. Paul C. Magarelli, a board-certified reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist at Reproductive Medicine and Fertility Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In fact, many beliefs about infertility and IVF treatments are based in myth.
“Folks have a very unrealistic view about infertility because of advertising, media and general misinformation,” says Dr. Magarelli. “And unless they know the truth, they’re going to end up disappointed and not get the best treatment.”
Decisions as important as building a family shouldn’t be based on inaccurate information. Take the quiz below and see if you can separate the facts about infertility from the fiction.
Fact or fiction? A 30-something woman has about a 50 percent chance of getting pregnant each month.
Fiction. “News stories about pregnancies later in life have inflated perceptions about fertility rate,” says Dr. Magarelli. “The reality is that female fertility numbers are much lower than we think.” Fertility decreases with age, so by the age of 30 a woman’s chances of getting pregnant each month are 20 percent. By 40, her chances are less than 5 percent per cycle.
With the average age of women at first birth on the rise in the U.S., you need to have a realistic view of fertility rates in order to effectively plan your family.
Fact or fiction? Infertility is only a female problem.
Fiction. Fertility is a shared responsibility. Approximately 40 percent of infertility cases are caused by female factors, another 40 percent by male factors and the final 20 percent are unknown or a combination of causes. It’s important to pinpoint the cause of your fertility so your doctor can help best address the problem.
Fact or fiction? IVF doesn’t cure a couple’s infertility.
Fact. “IVF isn’t actually a cure for infertility. That’s a misnomer. It doesn’t guarantee that an embryo will be viable or result in a baby,” explains Dr. Magarelli. “But it’s a really great tool to get the sperm and egg to interact and help increase the likelihood of pregnancy.”
Understanding this distinction and the real rates of pregnancy and live births can aid couples in making smart choices for their family.
Fact or fiction? Less expensive treatments mean I’m not getting the best care.
Fiction. Advances in IVF and fertility technology over the past decade have actually made treatments more affordable than ever. “Folks think that one IVF center is better than another because of a big price tag or misleading advertising,” says Dr. Magarelli. “In reality, we’re all using the same technology. So it’s the relationship you have with your physician and the quality of communication that really makes the difference.”
Dr. Paul Magarelli has practiced in Colorado Springs since 1998. He is the founder and medical director of Reproductive Medicine and Fertility Centers (RMFC) in Colorado and New Mexico. Dr. Magarelli has helped thousands of couples create over 2000 babies.
The staff at RMFC believes that the journey towards parenthood begins with good information, solid medicine and great communication. They dare you to compare their high quality, affordable IVF price ($4800) and success rates.
Visit the Reproductive Medicine and Fertility Center’s website for more information or to schedule an appointment or call (877) 475-2229.
This article was produced for and sponsored by Reproductive Medicine and Fertility Center. It is not a product of or affiliated with KOAA News 5.