Donate to Infertility Research, Patient Care and Education
More than 85 percent of couples in the United States are able to conceive and experience the joys of childbirth and parenthood. However, for nearly 15 percent of couples, the ability to conceive and to fulfill their dream of having a child is limited by infertility-related difficulties. Aided by your generous donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, thousands of couples will be diagnosed and successfully treated for infertility problems at Northwestern Medicine.
The physiological process of conceiving a child is complex and is contingent upon many factors, which include:
- The ability of women to produce healthy eggs
- Fallopian tubes that are not blocked and allow sperm to reach the egg
- The ability of sperm to fertilize an egg
- The process by which the egg becomes implanted in the uterus
- Sufficient quality of the embryo to become viable and grow
Approximately half of all infertility involves a male factor, and yet, only 20 percent of men undergo a medical evaluation when they and their partners are having difficulty conceiving. There are several medical evaluations and forms of treatment available to men with infertility. These offerings include testing, diagnosis and treatment of common disorders, such as low testosterone levels, erectile dysfunction and sexual dysfunction.
Your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will help to ensure that men and women will continue to receive the most accurate diagnoses, as well as compassionate support and the most advanced treatments, as they cope with the challenges of infertility.
Many different conditions, disorders and physiological factors can contribute to infertility in both men and women. Aside from the common disorders already mentioned, other factors may include:
- The inability to release semen due to a blockage
- Lower than recommended hormone levels
- Genetic problems that may have been inherited
- Defects at birth
- Chromosomal defects
Further, men who are afflicted by sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), abuse alcohol, use tobacco or marijuana, or have contracted the mumps at some time in their adolescence also have a higher risk of infertility. Tests that include sperm analysis, blood tests and biopsies aid in the diagnostic process for couples affected by infertility. Once an accurate diagnosis has been established, Northwestern Medicine’s physicians are able to prescribe noninvasive treatments that may include medications, addressing lifestyle factors and helping a patient to make necessary changes, controlling a patient’s high blood pressure and treating diabetic conditions that can impact fertility. Northwestern Medicine also offers advanced treatments for infertility, such as surgical procedures, artificial insemination, intrauterine insemination, in vitro insemination and sperm injections.
Infertility Research Donation
When you make a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help to ensure that Northwestern Medicine remains on the leading edge of the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Through your generosity, you will help to open doors and to answer questions for many individuals and couples. Your support will truly be a source of hope and comfort for people affected by infertility.