Infertility is common and affects about 15% of couples in the United States. Though you may think otherwise, infertility doesn’t mean you’ll never get pregnant. At Dekalb Women's Specialists in Lithonia, Decatur, and Stone Mountain, Georgia, the team offers infertility evaluations and treatment. To schedule a consultation, contact the office nearest you by phone or online today.
Infertility occurs when you’re unable to get pregnant after 12 months of trying. However, that doesn’t mean you’ll never get pregnant. Many couples conceive without help during their second year of trying.
But for those who continue to struggle with infertility, medical help from the team at Dekalb Women's Specialists is available.
Age is an important factor for women trying to decide whether to get tested and treated for fertility problems. You’re most fertile in your late 20s. After age 35, fertility decreases, and the risk of miscarriage goes up.
If you’re younger than 35, you may want to give yourself more time to get pregnant. If you’re 35 or older, the team recommends you schedule an infertility evaluation if you fail to conceive after six months of trying.
In about 50% of cases, problems with the woman’s reproductive system causes infertility. This may include issues with ovulation or problems with the fallopian tubes or uterus.
Though women often feel responsible for fertility problems in a couple, 35% of the time infertility develops from a problem with the man’s reproductive system. A low sperm count is the most common cause.
In 10% of couples, no cause is found.
When you visit Dekalb Women's Specialists for an infertility evaluation, the team conducts an in-depth history and physical to identify the source of the problem.
During your exam, your provider reviews your personal gynecological, sexual, medical, and family history, as well as your partner’s medical, sexual, and family history.
They also ask about your lifestyle habits, such as how often you exercise and whether you drink alcohol or use drugs.
Your provider at Dekalb Women's Specialists conducts a physical and pelvic exam and may opt for diagnostic imaging tests, such as an ultrasound, to evaluate your reproductive system.
Your provider also tests your hormone levels, your partner’s hormone levels, and your partner’s semen levels.
The team at Dekalb Women's Specialists creates a personalized infertility treatment plan for you based on the underlying cause.
Treatment options may include:
If you continue to struggle with conceiving, the team may recommend in vitro fertilization (IVF). During IVF, eggs are fertilized by sperm in a lab, and then one or more of the fertilized eggs are placed in your uterus.
Infertility places a lot of strain in a relationship as you deal with disappointment each month. Let our compassionate experts help you. To get the comprehensive infertility care you need from an experienced team, contact Dekalb Women's Specialists by phone or book online today to schedule your evaluation.