Fertility Treatment FAQs
By PARTNERS IN WOMEN'S HEALTH
January 25, 2019
Category: Women's Health

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
  • Endometriosis
  • 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!

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