What Can Cause Infertility?

By: Dr. Elliot Hirshorn, DC, DACNB


Infertility can cause immense stress and disappointment for couples who want to get pregnant. But because many different factors contribute to infertility, it's essential to work with a medical professional who understands the complexities of the issue and provides the necessary care and support.

At New Life Health, we recognize the importance of helping men and women achieve their dreams of building a family. Book a consultation with Dr. Elliot Hirshorn and learn more about the topic of infertility. Our state-of-the-art facility in Greenville, SC is equipped with the latest technologies to accurately diagnose the issue and provide infertility treatments.

What is infertility?

Infertility is more common than you may think. It impacts about 10 – 15% of couples in the U.S. and affects both men and women equally. Infertility is defined as not being able to conceive after a year of unprotected intercourse.

Since women become less likely to get pregnant as they age, doctors recommend women over 35 seek medical help after trying to conceive for six months. Rest assured that New Life Health offers comprehensive care for adults of all ages.

What happens during an infertility assessment?

A health examination and assessment is the only way to diagnose infertility accurately. During an appointment, Dr. Hirshorn will conduct a medical history and perform an examination of both male and female partners. Appointments are designed to be thorough but comfortable and private. We provide a welcoming environment where couples can freely ask questions and voice their concerns.

What causes infertility in men?

Semen quality is a very important component of fertility in men. Low sperm count, poor sperm motility (movement), or abnormal morphology (shape) can all prevent fertilization from occurring.

Men should know that sperm production is highly sensitive to environmental factors such as stress, lifestyle choices (diet and smoking), and exposure to toxins. In some cases, fertility problems can be caused by genetic or hormonal disorders.

What causes infertility in women?

Women experience infertility for many reasons, and some are more complex than others. Unexpected changes in the menstrual cycle are a sign of a hormone imbalance, which can disrupt normal ovulation.

Abnormalities in the uterus or fallopian tubes also lead to infertility, as well as certain medical conditions that make it challenging to get pregnant. Stress and lifestyle habits like smoking can also play a significant role.

Infertility treatment at New Life Health

Dr. Hirshorn will make recommendations based on the results of your assessment in Greenville, SC. For many couples, minor lifestyle changes may improve your overall health and fertility. This includes reducing stress, eating a balanced diet, and exercising regularly. Our detailed infertility treatment plans are designed to help couples reach their goal of conceiving a baby.

However, in some cases, methods such as medication may be required to increase your chance of conception. New Life Health provides patients with comprehensive information about their options so they can make informed decisions.

Build your family with our help

Now that you know more about infertility and the available services at New Life Health, take the first step toward building your family. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Elliot Hirshorn today. Don’t hesitate to contact New Life Health with any questions about how to conceive a child. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals in Greenville, SC.

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