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Thinking About Being a Father?

Wednesday, June 11, 2008 General News J E 4
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ATLANTA, June 10 The National Center for Health Statisticsdata indicate that Georgia had 149,919 new babies born in 2005, the latestyear statistics are available. That means, obviously, not only were there manythousands of new mothers, there also were thousands of new fathers as well.

"If you're thinking about becoming a father for the first time," saidfertility expert Dr. Mark Perloe of Georgia Reproductive Specialists, "thereare three primary considerations you need to make. Think of these broadly asmind, body and sprit. All need to be positive and healthy.

"First, your mind needs to focus on whether this is a good time for youand your partner, whether you are ready to accept the responsibility ofparenthood. By this I mean commitments of your personal time and yourfinances. And your personal time commitment extends for many years," Dr.Perloe noted.

Next, according to Dr. Perloe, the potential father should think about hisbody, his physical readiness. Infertility affects 1 in 8 couples ofchild-bearing age. Of those 7.4 million cases of infertility, 30 percent areattributed to the male. One way a man can be sure he is physically ready tostart a family is to know his sperm count. "After one simple test thatinvolves just a single visit to your doctor's office, you'll be able to sharethe good news with your partner that 'all systems are go' as it relates toyour body. This can remove some of the anxiety from a couple's efforts tobegin becoming a family," he said.

Lastly, is the man's spirit. "As a potential father, you should realizewhat a joyous time in your life this can be and enjoy the journey you and yourpartner will take as you seek to begin having children," Dr. Perloe said.

GRS holds monthly seminars for couples seeking to have children aboutavailable options. For information about the seminars and GRS, visitwww.ivf.com .

About Georgia Reproductive Specialists

Atlanta-based Georgia Reproductive Specialists (GRS) applies medicalscience's most advanced fertility technologies to provide the higheststandards of patient-centered, reproductive healthcare. The GRS staff focuseson providing individualized, innovative solutions for reproductive challengesand infertility, specializing in in vitro fertilization, intracytoplasmicsperm injection and other assisted reproductive technologies. For information,visit www.ivf.com .

SOURCE Georgia Reproductive Specialists
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