Dec 02 2015

Fertility and Genetics: What Should Patients Keep in Mind?

 

A woman with a fertility doctorPatients know that they can trust Dr. Janelle Dorsett, one of the leading fertility doctors in Lubbock. She and her team offer detailed information about the causes of male and female infertility, and they always tailor their treatments to meet the needs of patients.

We receive a number of questions about genetic factors that affect overall fertility. Let's take a moment to go over these matters right now.

How Genetics Impacts Fertility and Infertility

Our genes and our genetic makeup define so much of who we are, so it should come as no surprise that your genes can have a major impact on your fertility. Both men and women can be affected by genetic factor infertility, and it can prove frustrating. Thankfully understanding the causes and knowing that there are treatment options and other solutions can help you have the child or children you've always wanted.

Genetic Causes of Female Infertility

One of the most common causes of female infertility has to do with chromosome abnormalities. These kinds of genetic issues make it more difficult for embryos to properly implant along the uterus, and it can also increase a woman's risk of experiencing a miscarriage. Some examples of chromosomal abnormalities include deletion (chromosome is missing a piece), inversion (chromosome is upside down), mutation (changes in proper DNA sequence), aneuploidy (too many or too few chromosomes), and translocation (wrong attachment of different parts of the chromosome).

Genetic Causes of Male Infertility

Men can also experience the same sorts of chromosomal issues as women. In the case of men, these problems result in changes in their sperm production, lower quality sperm, low sperm count, blockage of the sperm during ejaculation, and so forth.

As you can imagine, if a couple both experience issues with genetic problems, this can make having a child near impossible through natural conception.

Helping Prevent Genetic Disorders Through Advanced Technology

Another important factor to consider when it comes to genetics and fertility is whether a child will inherit a serious genetic condition from his or her parents. This is a key concern if one or both parents has a genetic disorder or has family members who have experienced a genetic disorder. This includes Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, and so forth.

Fertility specialists can use a process known as preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) to see if a child is at risk of developing a serious genetic problem. If so, treatment options can be suggested in order to prevent a child developing a serious disorder of some kind.

Working with You to Start a Family

The goal of every fertility specialist is to help patients start the families that they have always wanted to have. We will work closely with you to ensure you understand all of your treatment options in full. This includes taking into account other options for starting a family that do not involve fertility treatment. By being made aware of all options, you can make smart decisions for your sake and your future child's sake.

Learn More at Our Lubbock Fertility Practice

For more information about your options for effective treatment of male and female infertility, be sure to contact our team of fertility specialists today. Dr. Janelle Dorsett and the entire team here look forward to your visit and helping you make the right decisions about having a child.

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