Posts for: January, 2019
Starting a family is a dream for many people, but it doesn't always feel possible for some people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.5 million women struggle with infertility in the U.S, If you are your Denver, CO, can help!
Want to know more about infertility?
According to the CDC, infertility is defined as a couple's inability to conceive after having unprotected sex for more than a year. A woman becomes less fertile as she ages, often making a fertility clinic necessary to help with conception.
What are some reasons for infertility?
A woman's fertility does decrease with age, but that's not the only reason people have difficulty getting pregnant. Other issues that can affect fertility include:
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Painful periods
- Blocked fallopian tubes
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- The occurrence of several miscarriages
- Family history of fertility issues
- Cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy
- Weight and poor diet
Men may also suffer from issues:
- Low sperm count
- Other sperm problems issues, such as low mobility
- Family history of testicular and/or prostate cancer
- Cancer treatment also affects men's sperm
- Small testicles
- Swollen scrotum, known as varicocele
What are some infertility treatments available?
- Stimulating ovulation with fertility drugs
- Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
- Surgery to restore fertility
- Assistive reproductive technology
- Timed intercourse, usually within the timeframe of ovulation
- Medicine, such as estrogen modulators or anti-diabetic medicine
- Fertility drugs to stimulate ovulation
- Hormone treatment
- Insemination of healthy sperm during ovulation
- Surgery to correct problems like endometriosis, or blocked fallopian tubes
Other solutions involve, in vitro fertilization or IVF. This is when your doctor extracts eggs and sperm. The sperm fertilizes the egg in a lab, then implanted in a woman’s uterus to continue developing and growing.
What does a standard fertility evaluation consist of?
Infertility treatment depends on the cause, how long you have been infertile, your age, your partner’s age, as well as other factors, such as:
- The results of a physical examination done at our Denver office
- Medical and sexual histories of both partners
- When ovulation occurs
- A standard test called a hysterosalpingogram, which x-rays the fallopian tubes and uterus
Want to know more about infertility? Just call our Denver, CO, office at (303) 399-3315 today!
Find out when it’s time to start considering fertility treatment.
Trying to conceive isn’t always easy and if you have been trying to get pregnant for some time but haven’t be able to then you may be wondering at what point you should turn to an OBGYN in Denver, CO. Should you consider fertility treatment? If so, what fertility treatment is right for you? We understand that this can be a stressful time, and our goal as your doctor is to walk you through the process so that you know what to expect.
When to See a Doctor
Some couples may get pregnant rather quickly while others may take a bit longer. While this doesn’t necessarily mean that there is an issue you may want to turn to our Denver obstetricians for the following situations,
- You are a woman over the age of 35: If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for over six months then it’s suggested that you visit a doctor.
- You have irregular periods, endometriosis or polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS): there are certain conditions that can make it more difficult to conceive.
- You have a family history of early menopause or premature ovarian failure.
- You’ve had two miscarriages in a row: While miscarriages are common, experiencing two or more is not common. This is something that should be evaluated by a medical professional.
When should I consider fertility treatment?
This is a very personal decision and one you and your partner should discuss. Of course, while there are some people who decide to wait to consider fertility treatment it can sometimes be a benefit to the couple to come in sooner for an evaluation. It’s recommended that you come in for fertility testing if you haven’t gotten pregnant and you’ve been trying for six months to one year.
Remember, infertility can happen to anyone, no matter their age. While young couples may not necessarily choose to go down the route of fertility treatment they should consider at least getting basic fertility testing to make sure there isn’t a problem that could be treated. After all, some conditions that cause infertility can get worse over time; therefore, the sooner you seek help the better.
If you are having difficulty getting pregnant then it’s time to turn to your OBGYN in Denver, CO, to find out if fertility treatment is the next step. Call Partners in Women's Health today to schedule a consultation with us.