Infertility is a common problem affecting just over 12% of couples. If you’re struggling to get pregnant, contact the team at Signature Women’s Healthcare in Lithonia and Lawrenceville, Georgia. The experienced and compassionate OB/GYNs provide fertility testing and treatments to help you conceive. Call Signature Women’s Healthcare or make an appointment online today.
Infertility describes when you’re unable to conceive a baby within a year of trying — or six months if you’re 35 or older. You can also be diagnosed with infertility if you can get pregnant but aren’t able to carry a fetus to term.
Fertility isn’t just a woman’s problem. Around a third of fertility problems are due to the female partner, and another third are due to the male partner. The final third of infertility cases have no identifiable cause.
If you’re under the age of 35 and have been trying to get pregnant for 12 months without success, you should talk to your trusted OB/GYN at Signature Women’s Healthcare. If you’re 35 or older, you should seek help after six months of trying.
The doctors at Signature Women’s Healthcare offer comprehensive testing to identify the cause of your fertility problems. While you’re being tested, make sure your male partner is also being tested to identify any potential barriers to fertility.
Several things need to happen for a successful conception. Your ovaries must release a mature egg. The egg has to travel down your fallopian tube to enter your uterus, and it must join with sperm and attach to the wall of your uterus within a small window of time. With so many components, there just as many issues that could get in the way of conception.
For example, your ovaries might not release viable eggs. Or your eggs might not make it through the fallopian tubes into your uterus. Your uterus might not provide a hospitable environment for your egg, sperm, or embryo.
Additionally, a man must provide a sufficient quantity of high-quality sperm. If your partner has a low sperm count or if his sperm isn’t strong enough to make it into your uterus and join with your egg cell, you may run into fertility problems.
Treating infertility depends on its cause. For example, you might need to take medication to stimulate ovulation. Your doctor can recommend ways you and your partner can adopt healthy behaviors that can increase your chances of conception and successful pregnancy.
Or you might need a fertility treatment like intrauterine insemination (IUI), a procedure in which your doctor injects sperm directly into your uterus at the most fertile point in your cycle.
Your doctor could also recommend in vitro fertilization (IVF), in which your eggs and your partner’s sperm are harvested and combined in a lab so viable embryos can be placed directly into your uterus.
If you’re concerned about your fertility, call Signature Women’s Healthcare or make an appointment online today for expert fertility advice and treatment.