Introduction to Understanding Fertility

It is SCRC’s goal to provide you with a place where you can find out more about your infertility diagnosis, understand the difference between IVF and other infertility treatment options.

We have also compiled some of our key fertility information in the sections below including Basic Infertility Knowledge, Factors that Affect Infertility, Understanding IVF, and Understanding Egg Freezing.

If you have any questions or need information on a topic that isn’t here, give us a call. Anyone on our staff would be more than happy to help you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

QWhat are types of infertility?

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In general, there are 2 types of infertility: primary and secondary infertility. Primary infertility happens to patients or couples who have never had a pregnancy. Secondary infertility happens to patients that had pregnancy in the past and are trying to conceive again.

QWhat's new in fertility treatment?

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One of the advances in technology in IVF treatment is the EmbryoScope®. This instrument combined incubator and camera system which allows our embryologists, to analyze and select the highest quality embryos by continuously monitoring the embryo’s development. By doing so, we can observe your embryo’s early development which is important in evaluating an embryo’s potential to implant and become a successful pregnancy. The EmbryoScope® can help us select the “best embryo(s)” which are most likely to result in a successful, healthy pregnancy.

QWhen does fertility become an issue for women?

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A woman is born with her lifetime supply of eggs as such a woman’s fertility diminishes as she ages due to the decreasing number and quality of her remaining eggs. Infertility can become an issue in a woman because the egg supply a woman is born with diminishes throughout her life. Although some women may have a genetically higher number of eggs, most women start to see a diminishing egg supply in their early to mid-30s. For most women, the decrease of egg supply becomes very significant by the age of 36 or 37.

QWhat SCRC does for couples?

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At SCRC we try to help couples with infertility issues understand the causes of their infertility and to provide a plan of testings and processes to get pregnant and build a family. The plan itself helps dispel stress and anxiety that a couple may have when trying to conceive. For couples in their mid-thirties, time is crucial. After 6 months of trying, we recommend couples consult with our fertility physicians so they will not lose more time trying to figure it out themselves. Through the right testings, we help you get to the root cause and then put a plan together with you so you can achieve your goal of building your family.