Affecting 10 to 15 percent of couples throughout the United States, infertility is a condition of the reproductive system and is typically given when couples have tried to conceive for one year without success.
Conception and pregnancy are complicated at best and rely upon a number of factors, some of which include the production of healthy sperm by a male and healthy eggs produced by a female, as well as healthy fallopian tubes that allow sperm to reach the egg and fertilize it. Finally, the ability of the fertilized egg or embryo to implant itself into the female’s uterus is vital, and the quality of the embryo must be sufficient.
With this in mind, the female’s hormonal levels must be appropriate for the normal development of the embryo. Thus, when any of the above-mentioned components are affected, infertility could be the outcome.
Experienced Infertility Obstetricians
As experienced infertility obstetricians, the physicians at Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A., aim to provide compassionate care for those experiencing infertility, while evaluating potential factors that are making it difficult for couples to conceive.
Through a comprehensive examination and testing, our experts consider a patient’s medical and health history, including medications taken, illnesses and past surgeries, as well as past pregnancies and lifestyle habits such as smoking and tobacco use. Laboratory testing is usually recommended to provide insight into progesterone levels, thyroid function, prolactin levels and ovarian reserve. In some instances, procedures such as an ultrasound examination, hysterosalpingography, hysteroscopy and laparoscopy are suggested.
Infertility Treatment Options
When it comes to infertility treatments, there are a number of options, depending on the root cause of one’s infertility. In some cases, changes in lifestyle might be necessary, and this could include eating a balanced diet or stopping smoking.
Another option may involve surgical repair of damaged or blocked fallopian tubes or removing polyps or fibroids in the uterus. In turn, ovulation-induction drugs might be recommended for those with irregular ovulation to help the ovaries release an egg. Intrauterine insemination, or IUI, is another treatment method in which a physician inserts healthy sperm in the uterus around the time that ovulation is predicted to occur.
If you would like additional information regarding infertility treatment options, the infertility treatment experts at Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A., welcome your call. With individualized care and treatment designed for your body’s specific needs, it’s our goal to help you achieve a healthy pregnancy. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.