Fertility Evaluation and Infertility Treatment
posted: Aug. 11, 2022.
Is it time to talk with your OBGYN about your fertility options?
Getting pregnant isn’t always easy. In fact, according to Healthgrades, one in 10 women will have trouble getting pregnant. If you have trouble conceiving, it may be time to turn to your OBGYN to find out the next steps and whether a fertility evaluation could benefit you.
Is It Time To Get Fertility Help?
According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, if a couple hasn’t been successful with getting pregnant after one year of unprotected sex, then it’s time to consult a fertility specialist. Women over age 35 should see a gynecologist after only six months of trying to conceive.
Age isn’t the only factor that should determine just how soon you seek help. If you or your partner have risk factors, experience infertility symptoms or have certain conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or endometriosis, you must see an OBGYN as soon as possible for fertility testing and treatment options.
Women who’ve experienced two miscarriages in a row should also speak with a fertility specialist. While miscarriages are common, repeat miscarriages could mean that there is an underlying problem that your OBYN should.
What Is Involved in a Fertility Evaluation?
Unless you or your partner already has a history of infertility, the first person you should talk with about your fertility options is a gynecologist. During your evaluation, your gynecologist will go through your medical history, ask questions about your health and perform a pelvic exam to check the health of the ovaries and cervix. Separately, your partner may need to undergo semen analysis to check sperm count and motility.
Your OBGYN will run basic fertility tests such as hormone testing, which involve a simple blood test to check hormone levels (e.g., follicle-stimulating hormone). This is also the best way to determine whether or not an individual is ovulating.
If there are no issues with ovulation, a special x-ray known as a hysterosalpingogram may be used to check the structure and function of the fallopian tubes and uterus. This can check for abnormalities or blockages impacting your ability to conceive. Once these tests have been performed, your OBGYN will discuss the results and determine if additional testing is needed. Once you understand what’s causing your fertility issues, your OBGYN can also provide you with treatment options to address the underlying cause of your infertility.
Are you having trouble conceiving? If so, a fertility evaluation with your gynecologist can provide the answers and fertility treatment options you’re looking for.