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Have you been struggling to get pregnant? Most women have a strong desire to have a baby at some point in their adult lives, and although conceiving a child may seem easy, it's actually very difficult for many couples. If you are experiencing these issues, Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates' San Dimas office offers fertility evaluations and infertility treatments to their patients.
Infertility means not being able to become pregnant after 12 months of trying. If a woman can get pregnant but keeps having stillbirths or miscarriages, that's also called infertility. Though the main symptom of female infertility is not being able to get pregnant, a menstrual cycle that's too short, too long, absent, or irregular can also connotate that you're not ovulating.
Causes of Infertility
Female infertility can have numerous causes. The most common causes of female infertility are problems with ovulation. Other causes of female infertility include blocked fallopian tubes, uterine fibroids, and physical problems with the uterus. Infertility may also be caused by thyroid disease, diabetes, older age, smoking, and poor nutrition.
During a fertility evaluation, tests and examinations are done to find the cause of infertility. Men undergo a semen analysis that evaluates sperm movement and structure and sperm count. For women, doctors check to see whether ovulation is occurring through ovulation home test kits, blood tests that detect hormones, and ultrasound exams of the ovaries.
Many treatments significantly improve the chances of becoming pregnant. They include fertility drugs, hormone treatments, and assisted reproductive technology, Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) and surgery. Many women may need just one or two therapies to restore fertility. Some women may need several different types of treatment before they're able to conceive.
Now that you’re thinking about starting a family, it’s important to take steps to accomplish your goal—getting pregnant and having a healthy baby. Call Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates' San Dimas office at (909) 599-8677 to schedule a consultation today. Our treatment options will boost your fertility and improve your chances of getting pregnant!
If you are having issues conceiving find out if fertility treatments are the next best option.
According to a CNN article published back in 2014, there is a record number of babies being born via IVF. If you and your partner have been trying to get pregnant for over a year without success then it might be time you talked to an OBGYN about whether IVF could improve your chances.
What types of infertility can IVF handle?
There are many reasons why a couple could be infertile. IVF may be a great option for you if you or your partner are dealing with any of these issues:
- Low sperm count or motility
- Uterine or fallopian tube issues (e.g. uterine fibroids; fallopian tube blockage)
- Ovulation disorders
- Antibodies that attack the sperm or egg
- Genetic disorders
What affects the success of IVF?
The age of the woman will be a factor in the success rate of IVF. Women under the age of 35 will have a higher success rate (41- 43 percent) than a woman over the age of 40 years old (13 to 18 percent). Women between the ages of 35 to 37 have a 33-36 percent success rate while women ages 38 to 40 have a 23-27 percent success rate. Of course, as techniques continue to advance and improve, we are finding that success rates in every age group have grown.
What is involved in IVF?
There are five steps to the IVF process:
- Your fertility specialist will prescribe fertility medications to stimulate egg production.
- The eggs will be retrieved through minor surgery.
- The male will provide a sperm sample, which will be combined with the egg.
- During insemination, the lab will mix the sperm and egg together to fertilize the egg. Once the eggs have fertilized they are called embryos.
- Then the embryos are inserted into the uterus about 3-5 days after fertilization.
Learn more about IVF, the fertility treatment that is helping more and more couples be able to conceive. Talk to your gynecologist about whether IVF is right for you.
More couples are turning to IVF (in vitro fertilization) to conceive children than ever before. According to theSociety for Assisted Reproductive Technology, as many as 1.5% of all children born in the United States are the result of in vitro fertilization. Across the country, OBGYNs are delivering over 60,000 babies conceived through IVF since 2012. As technology improves and the average age of new parents increases from previous generations, more and more would-be parents are relying on the procedure to start or add to their families.
How Does IVF Work?
The first step is usually to schedule a comprehensive exam and check up with an OBGYN. There are several steps to the process once a couple is determined to be a good candidate for conception through IVF. In vitro fertilization works by retrieving mature eggs from the ovaries, and fertilizing them with the sperm in a lab. Once the egg has been fertilized successfully, it is then implanted into the uterus. Because the causes for infertility are complex and vary from person to person, there are several variables to IVF treatment. In addition to using their own eggs and sperm, couples may also rely on donor eggs or sperm, or the use of a gestational carrier who carries the embryo to term and gives birth to the baby for the IVF client.
How Long Does the IVF Process Take?
The duration of one IVF cycle from retrieval of the eggs to fertilization and implantation generally takes about two weeks. It is difficult to predict whether an individual IVF cycle will be successful, and multiple cycles are often necessary.
Who is a Good Candidate for IVF?
The causes for infertility can be complex, and vary from person to person. Candidates for IVF are typically in good general health, with unsuccessful attempts to conceive for at least a year. In vitro fertilization can be expensive and may require multiple cycles to produce a viable pregnancy. An OBGYN might also recommend IVF in certain situations where fertility may be compromised due to:
- Blocked or damaged fallopian tubes
- Problems with ovulation
- Sperm abnormalities or low motility
- Genetic disorders
- Egg/embryo preservation for women undergoing cancer treatment that can compromise fertility and egg viability