Sponsored by The Fertility Institute of Hawaii
Each year in April, the Fertility Institute of Hawaii recognizes National Infertility Awareness Week to raise awareness about the disease of infertility. In addition to highlighting the causes and treatments, doctors hope to encourage patients to understand their reproductive health and to remove the stigmas and barriers that stand in the way of building a family.
Infertility is very prevalent, affecting 1 in 6 couples. It is also something that people will often suffer in private rather than asking for help. If there is a known fertility concern, it’s important to seek help immediately. If you’re less than 35 years old, doctors recommend seeking assistance after one year of attempting conception. For those over 35 years old, seek assistance after six months.
Diagnosing infertility starts with a medical history and examination. There are a variety of reproductive tests that are used depending on these two things. Tests include an evaluation of the Fallopian tubes, uterus, ovaries, reproductive hormones, and sperm.
About The Fertility Institute of Hawaii
At The Fertility Institute of Hawaii (FIH), the doctors have one goal: To help patients succeed in building the family they desire. Every day, physicians, nurses and staff work towards accomplishing this goal with every patient that entrusts their family building dreams to FIH. FIH was founded by Dr. John Frattarelli, a world-renowned expert in infertility and In Vitro Fertilization with over 20 years of experience treating infertile couples. Dr. John Frattarelli and Dr. Anatte Karmon have participated in over 30,000 fertility treatment cycles resulting in over 15,000 babies.
Treatment options may include the use of ovulation induction agents to enhance the production of healthy eggs, minimally invasive surgery such as laparoscopy or hysteroscopy to correct anatomical abnormalities of the female pelvic organs; intrauterine insemination (IUI) of washed sperm that is precisely timed for when fertilization could occur, or more advanced care such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), Donor Egg IVF, and Gestational carrier cycles.