Understanding Fertility

Explore the causes of male and female infertility.

Infertility can be a highly personal and complex topic, but at Viera Fertility, you don’t have to navigate it alone. We offer comprehensive diagnostic services and evidence-based treatments tailored to uncover and address the unique factors contributing to infertility. Our fertility experts are here to equip you with the resources needed to understand the causes of infertility and feel confident in selecting your best path forward.

Male Fertility Issues

Understanding Male Infertility

For men, infertility has everything to do with sperm. Diminished sperm count, motility and poor quality sperm drastically inhibit your chances of becoming a father. There are many factors that cause sperm problems.  Fertility Testing for men is essential when it comes to diagnosing your fertility issue. With a semen analysis, we can determine the quality of your sperm and decide if further testing or treatment may be beneficial.

Factors that increase men’s risk of infertility:

  • Age. Although advanced age plays a much more important role in predicting female infertility, couples in which the male partner is 40 years old or older are more likely to report difficulty conceiving
  • Being overweight or obese 
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Recreational use of marijuana and other drugs
  • Exposure to testosterone, recreational or medicinal
  • Exposure to radiation in the workplace or as a medical treatment for cancer
  • Frequent testicular exposure to high temperatures as occurs in sauna or hot tub use
  • Excessive stress
  • Exposure to certain medications
  • Exposure to environmental toxins
  • Spinal cord injury 
  • Testicular trauma

Common assisted reproductive therapies used in the case of male infertility:

Female Fertility Issues

Understanding Female Infertility 

Female fertility is fickle. Every reproductive cycle a woman has is a 20% chance of becoming pregnant. Medical, gynecologic and environmental factors all play a major role in your ability to become pregnant. Fertility Testing can help determine the cause of your fertility issues. The first step is understanding why you can’t get pregnant, then we can work to find a solution that will restore your fertility and build you the family of your dreams. 

Factors that increase a woman’s risk of infertility:

  • Age. Available egg numbers in the ovaries and egg quality progressively decrease from 30 years of age onward. Aging not only makes it more difficult for a woman to conceive but also increases her chances for pregnancy miscarriage and genetic abnormalities
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Recreational use of marijuana and other drugs
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Being underweight or excessively lean
  • Excessive physical or emotional stress that results in irregular or absent periods 
  • Exposure to environmental toxins
  • Endometriosis, fibroids, pelvic infections