If you’ve been trying to have a baby for 12 months without success, you may have a fertility issue. The team of expert OB/GYNs at Contemporary Women’s Care in Winter Park and Lake Nona, Florida, diagnose and treat infertility to help women and couples who want to grow their families. They offer detailed fertility assessments and a variety of treatments ranging from ovulation-stimulating medicine to in vitro fertilization to help you conceive. Call or schedule a consultation online today.
Statistically, 85% of couples successfully conceive within a year, many of them within the first few months. But only 7% of couples achieve pregnancy if they continue to try for a second year without medical assistance.
As a result, infertility is defined as not being able to get pregnant within 12 months of trying. Between 12-15% of couples experience this inability to conceive.
Infertility is caused by a variety of factors that affect both women and men. For example, as a woman, you may have irregular ovulation due to polycystic ovary syndrome or something could prevent the egg from reaching your uterus. Other conditions, such as uterine fibroids or endometrial polyps, can stop a fertilized egg from successfully implanting in your uterus.
Male factor infertility typically affects either the quality or quantity of a man’s sperm, which prevents it from reaching or joining with your egg. A history of sexually transmitted diseases or pelvic infections can increase your risk of fertility problems.
If you’re under the age of 35 and don’t have any conditions that could interfere with your ability to get pregnant, you should speak to one of the doctors at Contemporary Women’s Care after a year of trying to get pregnant. If you’re 35 or older, you should make an appointment after six months of trying to get pregnant without success.
During your fertility assessment, your physician collects your personal and family medical history and performs a physical exam, including a pelvic exam. She orders blood and urine tests and a transvaginal ultrasound to examine your reproductive organs.
Your doctor may also request a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) — a special type of X-ray that allows her to evaluate your fallopian tubes’ patency and check for uterine problems such as fibroids, polyps, or scar tissue. Contemporary Women’s Care also provides a semen analysis for men.
Your physician provides customized treatments to help you become pregnant. She may offer education and counseling to help you understand your reproductive needs as well as advice to improve your overall health.
Depending on the cause of your infertility, your doctor may prescribe medicine to improve your egg development and ovulation. She may also recommend insemination procedures, in vitro fertilization, or third party reproduction.
Call Contemporary Women’s Care or schedule a consultation online today for customized fertility assessments and treatments.