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Understanding Infertility

There are many possible reasons why you may have difficulty conceiving. Your diagnostic assessment will involve an evaluation of the factors that contribute to fertility:

  • egg quality
  • sperm quality
  • structural aspects of the fallopian tubes and uterus
  • hormone levels
  • infectious disease and
  • genetic testing.

Infertility treatment options run the spectrum from no intervention other than timed intercourse to advanced reproductive technologies such as intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF). Sometimes IUI or IVF therapies are used in conjunction with donor eggs or donor sperm. Click here to learn about the regular 28 day menstrual cycle or click here to learn more about fertility testing.

Regardless of whether your needs are simple or complex, the Genetics & IVF Institute can provide you the diagnostic services and infertility treatment to help you achieve your dreams of having a baby.

When Should You See an Infertility Specialist (Reproductive Endocrinologist)?

If you are under 35 years old and have attempted to become pregnant for one year or more.

If you are over 35 years old and have attempted to become pregnant for six months or more.

If you have had four or more unsuccessful cycles with Clomid.

If you are in premature menopause naturally or as a result of chemotherapy or surgery.

If you have been told you will need assistance to conceive due to hysterectomy, blocked tubes, uterine damage, egg quality issues, or problems with ovulation.

If you wish to have a baby after surgical sterilization such as tied tubes or vasectomy.

If you have had two or more miscarriages.

If you have a family history of genetic disease such as chromosomal translocation, Huntington disease, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, sickle cell anemia, or cystic fibrosis.

If you have an FSH level of 10 or higher.

Coping with Infertility

If you are one of the many people diagnosed with infertility, you are not alone. According to Resolve, The National Infertility Association, more than 7.2 million Americans are faced with infertility. The good news is that with the proper medical treatment, the majority of people diagnosed with infertility can conceive. Nonetheless, dealing with infertility can be one of the most trying experiences of your life. While infertility treatment options continue to improve, the choices and decisions one faces as a result of infertility are frequently very difficult to make.

Infertility can be stressful and impact you, your social life, family life, finances, relationships, marriage, and work. Knowing that you are not alone is important in reducing stress and anxiety as you navigate through the medical testing, procedures, and decisions.

While stress does not cause infertility, it impacts your overall health. Sometimes prolonged stress leads to anxiety, depression, or even a sense of isolation and desperation. This type of stress has a negative impact on being able to keep medical processes in perspective. Having information to understand your options and treatment plan is critical and will add to your sense of control.

We recommend that you seek support before, during, and after decisions and procedures to reduce the stress that can lead to depression and/or anxiety. Seeking out individual counseling can be an excellent way to reduce your sense of isolation. Remember that you are not alone on your infertility journey. Click here for suggested coping strategies.

How to Get Started

The first step in the process is to schedule an initial consultation.

Click here to learn what you can expect at your initial consultation.