Although it is normal for it to take some time to get pregnant, taking too much time could be an indication of fertility issues. There are a number of reasons for infertility, some that affect one partner and others that can affect both partners. An infertility evaluation uses a series of exams and tests to determine the cause of infertility and develop a treatment plan. Couples who struggle with infertility are most often able to have children once seeking fertility treatment, even if no specific cause of infertility is identified.
Did You Know?
The most common cause of infertility in women is a lack of ovulation, while the most common cause of infertility in men is problems with sperm. However, fertility is also influenced by age, lifestyle, and the presence of certain health conditions.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need an infertility evaluation?
It is recommended to have an infertility evaluation if you have been trying to conceive for a year while having regular sexual intercourse without birth control. Infertility evaluations are also recommended after six months of trying for those over the age of 35, as well as for those who have had two or more miscarriages. If you have been trying to conceive with no luck for the last year, then you should schedule an infertility evaluation with our gynecologists at Bucks County Women’s Wellness today.
What can I expect during an infertility evaluation at Bucks County Women’s Wellness?
During an infertility evaluation at Bucks County Women’s Wellness, one of our providers will meet with you and your partner to discuss your medical history, your menses, how long you have been trying to conceive, and how often you have sexual intercourse. Depending on your collective medical history, your provider may recommend additional screenings or tests, including:
- Laboratory tests such as blood and urine to evaluate thyroid function, ovarian reserve, and hormonal levels.
- Imaging tests such as an ultrasound, sonohysterography, hysterosalpingography, hysteroscopy, or laparoscopy.
Your provider may also recommend tracking your basal body temperature in order to confirm ovulation. They may also recommend monitoring changes in your cervical mucus to determine your most fertile days. Finally, your partner may also need to provide a semen sample to assess sperm quality. In most cases, infertility evaluations can be completed within a few menstrual cycles.
What treatments are available for infertility?
There are a variety of treatments available for infertility, however your exact treatment will depend on what is causing your infertility. Some cases of infertility can be treated with medications and hormone injections, while other cases may require surgical procedures to correct structural abnormalities. In vitro fertilization can also be used.