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If you and your partner have been trying to have a baby, but you are unsuccessful, have you thought about treatment for infertility? Your OBGYN doctor is an expert at infertility issues and can help you both have a baby.
If you have infertility issues, you are not alone. Infertility affects 10 to 15 percent of couples. Infertility issues affect both men and women equally.
If you and your partner have been regularly trying to get pregnant for at least one year, you could have infertility issues. There are many causes of infertility, including:
- Having a long menstrual cycle of over 35 days
- Having a short menstrual cycle of less than 21 days
- Experiencing missing or irregular periods
- Having a low sperm count
Your OBGYN doctor will begin with testing to determine what is causing infertility. When your doctor determines the cause, treatment can begin.
Infertility treatment can take several paths, including:
- Restoring fertility
- Assisting reproduction with medical techniques
If your doctor is trying to restore fertility, your treatment might include:
- Clomiphene citrate, to stimulate your ovaries to ovulate
- Gonadotropins, to stimulate your ovaries to increase production of eggs
- Metformin, to treat infertility caused by insulin-resistance
- Letrozole, to induce you to ovulate
- Bromocriptine, to treat ovulation problems resulting from excess pituitary function
For medically assisted fertility, treatments may include:
- Surgery, to remove growths which are preventing your ability to get pregnant
- Surgically reversing a tubal ligation or to open blocked fallopian tubes
- Intrauterine insemination (IUI), which involves placing sperm inside the uterus
- Assisted reproduction (IVF), which involves combining the sperm and eggs in a laboratory setting and then implanting the embryo into the uterus
If you and your partner want to have a baby, but you have been unsuccessful, don’t despair. Your OBGYN doctor can help you succeed, so you can enjoy the family you want. To find out more about infertility treatment and other OBGYN services, call your OBGYN doctor today.
If you are having trouble conceiving it’s important to turn to your OBGYN for help.
While it isn’t a topic that a lot of people feel comfortable talking about, at some point, it’s important to acknowledge that you and your partner are having trouble conceiving. Given the significance of the topic, it’s important to know when to see a doctor for an evaluation.
When should I visit an OBGYN?
At some point you may be wondering whether or not you should seek a consultation with a fertility doctor. Here’s when you should,
- If you are under the age of 35, have been trying to conceive, and haven’t used birth control for over 12 months, then it’s time to schedule a consultation
- If you are over 35 and have been trying to actively conceive for six months, you should get evaluated right away
What will happen during my appointment?
Your OBGYN will first want to make sure you are ovulating, which every woman can easily figure out on her own by charting her basal body temperature for a few months. This may provide some answers as to why you are having trouble conceiving.
Fertility testing may also be recommended. During this appointment, we will go through your medical history and talk to you about different tests such as an ultrasound, blood work, and physical exams for both partners, which can provide the information we need to figure out why you are having trouble getting pregnant.
Once testing has been completed we will be able to make a definitive diagnosis as to why you and your partner are having difficulty conceiving. Even if we aren’t able to find anything wrong, you can still receive fertility treatment to improve your chances of getting pregnant.
What are my fertility treatment options?
The most common types of fertility treatments include,
- Medication (to help your body release one or more eggs each month)
- In-vitro fertilization (IVF)
- Surgery (to fix defects, remove fibroids, treat PCOS, etc.)
If you and your partner are having trouble conceiving, it’s best to have these concerns addressed as soon as possible. Many women go on to have healthy, happy babies with the help of their obstetrician. Call your doctor to learn more about the fertility treatment options available to you.