Couple starts nonprofit to help others get through infertility

Couple starts nonprofit to help others get through infertility

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Often times when you think of infertility we usually associate it with being a woman's problem.

But 40 percent of the time, the issue of infertility is because of the man.

Matt and Erin Watson are among the 15 percent of couples who have dealt with the issue of infertility.

Married 10 years, the couple started to try to get pregnant in 2009.

"It was one of those thing where you start talking about it and you start naturally trying and it's not happening for you, and a lot of ups and downs,"Erin Watson said.

After trying for a year and a half to get pregnant, Dr. John Schnorr had a rather simple answer in the form of a test called a semen analysis.

A semen analysis looks at the number and quality of a man's sperm.

"Men are very nervous to find out their sperm count, and you're wondering if it's you or not," Dr. Schnorr with Coastal Fertility Specialists said.

For Matt and Erin finding out that it was a genetic factor causing Matt's infertility was tough at first

"You're kind of sad, you're kind of depressed, you kind of blame yourself," Matt Watson said.

But finding out also gave the couple the opportunity to talk to their doctor and figure out a plan.

The plan included using Matt's sperm to fertilize Erin's egg with in vitro fertilization.

"Of all the different types of infertility we treat, one of the most correctable is male factor infertility," Dr. Schnorr said.

That came as good news for the couple and the first try of using IVF was successful.

Erin gave birth to daughter Smith in 2012.

The couple is now trying to help others get though infertility.

They started a non profit called Families For Fertility.

"It's emotional one-on-one support just to let people know there are other people going through this and they are not alone," Erin said.

Dr. Schnorr says there are a number of reasons a male might be dealing with infertility.

Risk factors can include smoking, genetics, being overweight, being exposed to toxins or working in hot conditions on a regular basis.

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