How Condoms Can Help You Get Pregnant

(Purchase, NY) It’s common knowledge that using condoms can protect against pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, but they also play an important role in protecting a woman’s fertility. Brian D. Barnett, M.D. of Dallas IVF, an Attain Fertility® Center, explains the steps that all sexually active women should take to avoid infertility in “Can Tubal Factor Infertility Be Avoided?” The short video and accompanying fact sheet were produced by The American Fertility Association, with funding from Attain Fertility Centers.

Having a child may be the last thing on a young couple’s mind, however being proactive about one’s sexual health may curtail unexpected complications when parenthood is put into focus.  There are several causes for tubal disease, including scar tissue associated with Endometriosis and invasive surgeries. However, the most common cause is also the most avoidable: exposure to sexually transmitted diseases. While oral contraceptives are highly effective at preventing pregnancy, condom use greatly reduces the risk of exposure to Gonorrhea or Chlamydia, which can severely damage the fallopian tubes if left untreated.

“If caught shortly after exposure, the diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases can limit the damaging effects they have on the fallopian tubes,” Dr. Barnett explains. He urges women to schedule regular gynecological checkups and always use condoms alongside other forms of contraception.                                                                                                                                                                                   

“Any disease that causes damage to the fallopian tubes can compromise fertility,” says Dr. Barnett. “Even though a tube may appear normal from its exterior surface, there can be damage to the inside of the tubes.”  Women with minimal tubal disease may opt to undergo tubal reconstructive surgery, however in vitro fertilization is the best option as the process bypasses the fallopian tubes, particularly with women who have undergone previous tubal sterilization.

For more information about Tubal Factor Infertility, visit http://attainfertility.com/. The entire AFA video series is available on Attain Fertility’s YouTube Channel.

About IntegraMed America, Inc.

IntegraMed is a leader in developing, marketing and managing specialty outpatient healthcare facilities, with a current focus on the fertility and vein care markets.  IntegraMed supports its provider networks with clinical and business information systems, marketing and sales, facilities and operations management, finance and accounting, human resources, legal, risk management, quality assurance, and fertility treatment financing programs. 

Attain Fertility® Centers, an IntegraMed Specialty, offers the nation’s largest fertility center network, with 14 company-managed partner centers and 26 affiliate centers, comprising over 130 locations across 34 states and the District of Columbia.  Nearly one of every four IVF procedures in the U.S. is performed in an Attain Fertility Centers network practice.

Vein Clinics of America, an IntegraMed Specialty, is the leading provider of specialty vein care services in the U.S. The IntegraMed Vein Clinic network operates 44 centers across 14 states, principally in the Midwest and Southeast.

For more information about IntegraMed please visit: www.integramed.com for investor background, www.attainfertility.com for fertility, or www.veinclinics.com for vein care.

About The American Fertility Association

The American Fertility Association is committed to preventing infertility whenever possible and to helping people build families of choice, particularly when faced with infertility.  AFA services and materials are provided free of charge to consumers and available to everyone without reservation. Contact The American Fertility Association at info@theafa.org, visit www.theafa.org or call 888.917.3777.