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If you are struggling to conceive, it can be hard to feel happy as friends and family celebrate pregnancies, births, and raising kids. An often isolating condition, infertility is distressing but not uncommon, and here at Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates in San Dimas, CA, we have worked with countless patients having trouble getting pregnant naturally.
Our OBGYN staff is committed to helping you through your infertility, and working with you on options to help with conception. Here are some important things to know about infertility:
How do I know if I have infertility?
If you are struggling to become pregnant after a year of consistently having sex without using any contraceptives or protection, this is an indication of infertility. Infertility can also be defined by the inability to sustain a pregnancy to term.
What causes infertility?
Infertility can affect either partner. In males, it can be due to sperm damage, a low sperm count, lifestyle habits like smoking, drinking, drug use, or health conditions like obesity, untreated STDs, or prior surgeries/medical treatments.
For females, infertility can be caused by too low or high body weight, substance use, or health problems, including endometriosis or uterine fibroids. Women over the age of 35 are more likely to suffer from infertility.
What can I do about my infertility?
At our San Dimas office, we have several options for helping you with your infertility. Your OBGYN will likely start with a series of exams and tests, such as an ultrasound or ovulation test for the female partner, and a sperm analysis for the male partner. Depending on the results, your OBGYN may recommend prescription medication, a change in sexual intercourse habits, or surgical/medical procedures. These options include in vitro fertilization and the use of donor eggs or sperm.
Here at Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates in San Dimas, our OBGYNS understand that infertility is a sensitive issue and are dedicated to your wellbeing and care. Call 909-599-8677 to meet with our staff about your infertility needs.
If you are having trouble conceiving it’s important to turn to your OBGYN for help.
While it isn’t a topic that a lot of people feel comfortable talking about, at some point, it’s important to acknowledge that you and your partner are having trouble conceiving. Given the significance of the topic, it’s important to know when to see a doctor for an evaluation.
When should I visit an OBGYN?
At some point you may be wondering whether or not you should seek a consultation with a fertility doctor. Here’s when you should,
- If you are under the age of 35, have been trying to conceive, and haven’t used birth control for over 12 months, then it’s time to schedule a consultation
- If you are over 35 and have been trying to actively conceive for six months, you should get evaluated right away
What will happen during my appointment?
Your OBGYN will first want to make sure you are ovulating, which every woman can easily figure out on her own by charting her basal body temperature for a few months. This may provide some answers as to why you are having trouble conceiving.
Fertility testing may also be recommended. During this appointment, we will go through your medical history and talk to you about different tests such as an ultrasound, blood work, and physical exams for both partners, which can provide the information we need to figure out why you are having trouble getting pregnant.
Once testing has been completed we will be able to make a definitive diagnosis as to why you and your partner are having difficulty conceiving. Even if we aren’t able to find anything wrong, you can still receive fertility treatment to improve your chances of getting pregnant.
What are my fertility treatment options?
The most common types of fertility treatments include,
- Medication (to help your body release one or more eggs each month)
- In-vitro fertilization (IVF)
- Surgery (to fix defects, remove fibroids, treat PCOS, etc.)
If you and your partner are having trouble conceiving, it’s best to have these concerns addressed as soon as possible. Many women go on to have healthy, happy babies with the help of their obstetrician. Call your doctor to learn more about the fertility treatment options available to you.
If you are having trouble conceiving, don’t worry; you have options.
We know this can be a difficult subject to think about, let alone bring up with anyone, but if you are having difficulty conceiving then it might be time to turn to our San Dimas, CA, OBGYN Dr. Richard Williams for some answers. Many women with fertility issues go on to have healthy babies thanks to the many infertility treatments offered.
Fertility drugs are often one of the first options proposed for treating fertility issues. These medications will need to be used consistently for several months. They work either by balancing and altering certain hormones or by stimulating the release of one or more eggs. Fertility medication that stimulates ovulation is a great option for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or other issues that affect ovulation.
By coming for an exam and an evaluation at our San Dimas, CA, obstetrician and gynecologist, we will be able to check the quality of eggs that your body is producing. If we find that the eggs are healthy, then fertility medications may be a great option for you. If the ovaries are faulty or if the eggs being produced aren’t ideal then medication will not be the most effective fertility treatment.
Fertility medications may either be taken orally or administered through injections. Remember to take the medications as instructed.
Sometimes we find that endometriosis, damaged fallopian tubes or uterine fibroids are the cause of fertility problems. If this is the case, surgery may be the best method for repairing this damage and greatly improving your chances of conceiving. There are two different kinds of surgical options available: laparoscopy and a laparotomy.
A laparoscopy is often more popular since it's a little less invasive (e.g. smaller incisions and thinner instruments) and boasts fewer side effects and a faster healing time; however, there are certain circumstances in which a laparotomy may be a safer and more effective surgical option. When you come in for your consultation, we will sit down with you and discuss which surgery will give you the best success rate for fertility.
If you have questions about the many infertility treatments at your disposal, then turn to Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates in San Dimas, CA, for the compassionate, understanding and individualized care you need. We are here for you.