Fertility is the ability of a man or a woman to be able to reproduce through normal sexual activity. Normal fertility requires the production of enough sperm by the male and viable eggs by the female. When any step of the process by which the sperm travels from the man to fertilize a healthy egg in the woman, or the process the fertilized egg takes to become implanted in the lining of the uterus is compromised, infertility can result.
Infertility is generally defined as unsuccessful pregnancy after one year of unprotected intercourse. If you are over age 35 the time is decreased to six months. Memorial Urology Services offers the opportunity to discuss treatments for both infertility and fertility.
Patients that have been diagnosed with cancer and face treatments that may cause infertility may find themselves thinking about the future and wanting to have children of their own. Memorial Urology Services offers an opportunity prior to their treatment to discuss the future and examine options for sperm or eggs to be collected and stored for future use. This is called sperm or egg banking.
Some men may be done wanting to father a child. In this case, Memorial Urology Services offers the opportunity to discuss a minimally invasive procedure that will result in sterilization. This procedure is called a Vasectomy.
And some men that wanted to be sterile earlier in their life and have had a vasectomy, may have a life event occur that has them wanting to attempt to father a child again. In this case, Memorial Urology Services offers the opportunity to discuss a surgical procedure called a Vasectomy Reversal.