Infertility Treatments

Infertility is a condition diagnosed in couples who cannot conceive a baby together after at least one year of frequent, unprotected sex. Infertility may affect only one partner or it could be problems stemming from both. Infertility does not always mean that a couple will never have a baby together, but rather that they may need medical assistance in doing so. There are many treatments available to address infertility, many of which produce excellent success rates.

Infertility Treatments

Infertility is a condition diagnosed in couples who cannot conceive a baby together after at least one year of frequent, unprotected sex. Infertility may affect only one partner or it could be problems stemming from both. Infertility does not always mean that a couple will never have a baby together, but rather that they may need medical assistance in doing so. There are many treatments available to address infertility, many of which produce excellent success rates.

When to Consider Having an Infertility Evaluation

You should consider having an infertility evaluation if any of the following apply to you:

  • You have not become pregnant after 1 year of having regular sexual intercourse without the use of birth control. 
  • You are older than age 35 years and have not become pregnant after trying for 6 months without using birth control.
  • Your menstrual cycle is not regular. 
  • You or your partner have a known fertility problem. 

Frequently Asked Questions

The most common cause of female infertility is lack of or irregular ovulation. The most common causes of male infertility are problems in the testes that affect how sperm are made or how they function.  Other factors in women include problems with the reproductive organs or hormones. Scarring or blockages of the fallopian tubes may contribute to infertility. This may be the result of past sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or endometriosis. Problems with the thyroid gland or pituitary gland also may contribute to infertility. In men, blockage of the tubes that carry sperm from the testes may be a cause of infertility. 

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