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Men and women both face problems with infertility

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Struggling to conceive is an issue many couples suffer in silence. And while some consider it a female failure, infertility is just as likely linked to the male in a relationship.

"You just don't want to admit to being the problem, in this kind of case, that's how men are. We beat our chest; we are like gorillas," said Keith Sawyer.

Sawyer can laugh about his struggle to conceive. He and his wife now have two beautiful twin girls on their laps. But for five years, the couple couldn't get pregnant.

"You blame yourself every day. It's very hard. I felt like everybody around me was getting pregnant and there were babies everywhere, I was thinking, ‘Oh it'll happen, it'll happen'," said Edie Sawyer.

It finally did happen after the Sawyers visited with the Southeastern Fertility Center.

They sat down with Dr. Stephanie Singleton, who helped them through the process.

There are a number of reasons couples struggle to conceive. Women don't always produce enough eggs or healthy ones, or there could be fallopian tube or uterine issues.

As for men - sperm count, motility and shape of the sperm are factors, but without being tested, couples may never know.

In the Sawyers' case, it turned out Keith's sperm count was low. So their doctor suggested in vitro fertilization.

"That treatment allows us to take those lower numbers of normal sperm and actually place one sperm inside each egg to give couples wonderful, great chances of actually conceiving and having a baby," said Dr. Stephanie Singleton.

Now the couple has not one, but two baby girls - Olivia and Allie.

Keith says other couples who can't get pregnant should seek help and not be ashamed.

"I would just recommend to any guy to get checked. Don't let time slip by," he added.

Fertility specialists aren't cheap and aren't necessarily covered by your insurance, so you should check that out. But as for the couple, of course, they say it was well worth it.

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