About Our Fertility Library

A little knowledge goes a long way. We encourage you to use our medical library as a helpful resource. It covers a wide range of topics, including defining infertility in women and men, conditions that affect fertility, explaining treatment options, fertility tests, preserving fertility before cancer treatment, and other information that will equip you for the road ahead.

And of course, the doctors and staff here at Servy Massey Fertility Institute are always available to answer any questions you may have, and can help you make informed decisions about your fertility future.

About Fertility

Infertility is defined as the inability to achieve pregnancy after one year of unprotected intercourse. One in seven couples has trouble conceiving, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). After one year of trying, a couple may need to have an infertility evaluation to evaluate a variety of factors for both the male and female partners.

Cancer and Fertility

Chemotherapy, radiation and surgery can all affect the male and female reproductive systems. In general, the higher the dose and longer the treatment, the greater the chance for reproductive problems.

Female Infertility

Female infertility is when a woman has fertility problems that may prevent pregnancy. Ovulation conditions and structural problems in the reproductive organs are two types of conditions that can contribute to infertility in women.

Fertility FAQs

Read our most frequently asked questions about specific fertility treatments, cost, recovery time and donating eggs or sperm.

Genetics Overview

Genes carry instructions that control the development and function of the human body. A genetic disorder is a disease caused by a mutation in one gene, by mutations in multiple genes, by a combination of gene mutations and environmental factors, or by damage to chromosomes (the structures that carry genes).

Male Infertility

Male infertility is more common than most people suspect and is almost as likely to be involved in a couple's inability to achieve pregnancy as female infertility. The male partner is either the sole or a contributing cause of infertility in approximately 40 percent of infertile couples, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Male infertility may be caused by genetics, lifestyle factors or a problem with the testes.