Dr. Servy recently sat down with Ashley Osborne, of News Channel 6 – WJBF for National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW), which educates the public about the misconceptions and stigma surrounding infertility. Dr. Servy addressed common misconceptions that surround this medical diagnosis and the importance of accessible and affordable treatment options.
“Often times nobody thinks about the male factor, and the male factor has to be checked right away,” explained Dr. Servy, adding that no matter the cause of infertility, there are a number of treatments available to couples, not limited to in vitro fertilization (IVF). “We don’t do only in vitro fertilization, we take care of patients surgically or medically. We have a lot of patients that conceive spontaneously after medical treatment.”
Infertility is recognized as the inability to conceive a child after one year of unprotected intercourse, after six months in situations where the female partner is over the age of 35.
“When a couple has had one year of trial and has not been able to conceive, they should come and be examined and the earlier you find the problem, the better you can treat it.”
There are a number of barriers that can keep couples from seeking treatment, including the stigma attached to a medical infertility diagnosis, emotional barriers like shame and fear, and financial barriers. Dr. Servy said those factors were large considerations when he and Dr. Massey set out to provide affordable infertility treatment in the state of Georgia.