Trying to have a baby without any success can put a lot of stress on a relationship. The medical experts at Women’s Care OB/GYN in Totowa, New Jersey, offer medical management for couples facing issues with infertility. If you need help getting pregnant, call the office or book an appointment using the online booking button.
Infertility is defined as not being able to conceive after a year of trying, or six months if you’re over the age of 35. Infertility is a common problem that affects more than 10 percent of women in the United States.
But not being able to conceive isn’t just a women’s issue. In many cases of infertility, problems with your partner’s sperm may also be a factor.
For women, the most common cause of infertility is an issue with ovulation, which may be due to a number of medical problems.
PCOS is the most common cause of infertility. Women with PCOS either don’t ovulate or ovulate very irregularly, making conception difficult.
Also known as premature menopause, POI is when you stop ovulating before age 40. For some women, this may occur due to medical treatment, such as chemotherapy. However, in many cases, physicians can’t identify a specific cause.
You’re born with a set number of eggs that decreases over time through your normal ovulation schedule. However, some women may have fewer eggs than normal due to a congenital factor, medical condition, or surgery.
FHA is when you don’t ovulate because of too much stress, a low body weight, or excessive exercise.
Blocked fallopian tubes or abnormalities in your uterus may also lead to infertility.
Treatment for infertility depends on the cause. If your inability to conceive is related to ovulation, your physician at Women’s Care OB/GYN may prescribe medication that increases ovulation, and provide you with tools so you know exactly when you’re ovulating and can time your sexual intercourse accordingly.
If it’s a structural issue, such as blocked fallopian tubes or abnormalities with your uterus, surgery may be recommended to fix the mechanical cause of your infertility.
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) may also be considered, which is when healthy sperm is injected directly into your uterus while you’re ovulating.
Assisted reproductive technology (ART) may also be recommended if the less-invasive options fail to help you conceive. ART includes methods such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), which is when the egg is fertilized outside of your body and implanted into your uterus.
For an infertility evaluation, call Women’s Care OB/GYN, or book an appointment using the online booking button.