If you’re struggling with infertility and are having difficulties conceiving, you may be wondering how an OBGYN can help. Here are a few of the most common options for diagnosing and treating infertility.
Hormone testing may be done on both men and women. Men may have blood tests to determine testosterone levels and levels of other male hormones.
Women may have blood tests to determine levels of ovulatory hormones and pituitary hormones, and to check if you are ovulating properly. You may also have ovarian reserve testing to determine the number of eggs available for ovulation.
Semen analysis can help determine sperm count and other important factors that may affect overall fertility. This may be accompanied with testicular imaging, genetic testing, biopsies and other specialized testing, if necessary.
In this process, sperm are placed directly into the woman’s uterus, allowing sperm to reach the fallopian tubes more easily and increasing the chance of successful fertilization and conception.
This can help with fertilization, particularly for low-mobility sperm or for semen with a decreased sperm count. It may also be used in women who have issues with their cervical mucus, or who have cervical scar tissue that can block sperm from the uterus.
In this method of fertilization, eggs are retrieved from the ovaries and then are fertilized by sperm in a lab setting. After the egg is successfully fertilized, it’s transferred to the uterus. Eggs can also be harvested and frozen in an unfertilized state for later use.
Successful use of IVF requires a variety of advanced steps, but IVF is often the most effective method of assisted reproduction, and may be recommended in a variety of circumstances.
For example, it may be required if you have fallopian tube damage, suffer from endometriosis, have an ovulation disorder, or your partner has impaired sperm production or function. Your OBGYN will help you determine if IVF is right for you.
If you are having trouble becoming pregnant in Nashville, you need the help of the experts at Women’s Medical Associates of Nashville. No two women are the same, and there’s no “one size fits all” solution. So contact us now to start exploring your options in further detail, and get the help you need.