Infertility, or difficulty becoming or staying pregnant, affects about 15% of couples in the US. If you struggle getting pregnant, but would like to be a parent, Lynette D. Stewart, MD, Wanda I. Cape, CNM, MPH, and their expert OB/GYN team at Georgia Center for Female Health in Peachtree Corners and Decatur, Georgia, offer solutions. They provide numerous fertility treatments to help you achieve your dream of having a baby. Schedule an appointment by phone or online to learn more about your options.
Infertility is the inability to get pregnant after a year of trying, or after six months of trying if you’re 35 or older. You might also be infertile if you’re unable to stay pregnant. Fortunately, the expert team at Georgia Center for Female Health can diagnose possible causes of infertility and develop a treatment plan to increase your chance of becoming a parent.
About one-third of the time, infertility is linked to the woman. Likewise, one-third of the time infertility results from issues with the man. The remaining times the cause of infertility isn’t known or is because of problems with the man and woman. Factors that increase your risk include:
Genetic factors also play a role in infertility. Adopting healthy lifestyle habits is a good way to boost your odds of becoming pregnant naturally.
To diagnose infertility and its cause, the Georgia Center for Female Health team reviews your medical history and symptoms, and completes a comprehensive physical exam that includes a pelvic exam.
They might recommend blood tests, pelvic ultrasound, or laparoscopic hysteroscopy to view the inside of your uterus and Fallopian tubes. Your OB/GYN specialist also offers laparoscopic fertiloscopy, a newer minimally invasive technique that allows them to accurately diagnose major causes of infertility.
Georgia Center for Female Health specialists pinpoint the cause of infertility to identify the most appropriate treatment plan, which might include:
Fertility medications or injections are a common first treatment option for infertile women with ovulation disorders. These medications can regulate or stimulate ovulation.
If you have polyps, uterine scar tissue, fibroids, pelvic adhesions, endometriosis, or other gynecological conditions, your Georgia Center for Female Health specialist might recommend a minimally invasive procedure to treat the underlying cause of infertility.
During IUI your OB/GYN specialist can inject healthy sperm into your uterus during the time you normally ovulate, to increase your chance of becoming pregnant.
IVF is a fertility treatment in which a fertility specialist fertilizes your eggs outside of the uterus and implants embryos into your uterus a few days after fertilization. Your Georgia Center for Female Health provider can refer you to a qualified IVF specialist in your area.
If you don’t have a functional uterus, choosing IVF with a gestational carrier, or surrogate, can increase your chance of a healthy pregnancy and baby.
Don’t give up on becoming pregnant when numerous infertility treatments are available at Georgia Center for Female Health. Schedule an appointment by phone or online today.