Getting pregnant doesn’t always happen quickly. Sometimes pregnancy can be difficult to achieve for many reasons. When you or your partner are having fertility issues, you need the help of an expert–your OBGYN doctor.
What You Need To Know About Infertility Treatments
Infertility issues can happen to anyone. In fact, infertility affects 10 to 15 percent of couples. Men and women are equally affected by infertility problems. If you and your partner have been having intercourse regularly for a year without achieving pregnancy, you or your partner could have infertility issues. Some common causes of infertility include having:
- A long menstrual cycle of over 35 days
- A short menstrual cycle of less than 21 days
- Missing or irregular periods
- A low sperm count
Your OBGYN doctor will order a series of tests to determine the cause of infertility, so treatment can begin. Infertility treatment focuses on restoring fertility or assisting with reproduction through the use of medical techniques.
Your OBGYN doctor may recommend medications to restore fertility. Common fertility medications include:
- Clomiphene citrate stimulates your ovaries to ovulate
- Gonadotropins, stimulate your ovaries to increase the production of eggs
- Metformin, to treat infertility caused by insulin resistance
- Letrozole, to induce you to ovulate
- Bromocriptine, to treat ovulation problems resulting from excess pituitary function
Your OBGYN doctor may also recommend these methods to assist in fertility:
- Surgery, to remove growths that are preventing your ability to get pregnant
- Surgically reversing a tubal ligation or opening blocked fallopian tubes
- Intrauterine insemination (IUI), which involves placing sperm inside the uterus
- Assisted reproduction (IVF), which involves combining the sperm and eggs in a laboratory setting and then implanting the embryo into the uterus
Want To Know More?
Our OBGYN doctor can help you and your partner with infertility issues, so you both can start a family. To find out more about the causes and treatments of infertility, talk with an expert. Call your OBGYN doctor today.