Physicians for Women has extensive experience in helping women who are having difficulty becoming pregnant naturally.
All of our physicians have training in the field of reproductive endocrinology, and help our patients identify the cause of their difficulties conceiving, as well as provide preliminary treatment.
In the medical field, infertility is defined as the inability to become pregnant despite having frequent sexual intercourse without birth control for one year (or six months, if the female partner is over 35). It can affect both men and women.
Infertility may be caused by a single factor, or a combination of factors that might be preventing conception or carrying a baby to term. In women, different factors can affect fertility – such as problems with periods, certain diseases or conditions, lifestyle factors, or age.
We’ll begin with a detailed review of your medical history, followed by preliminary fertility testing. Initial screening involves a physical exam, a pelvic ultrasound, a Pap test, and blood tests to assess your overall health.
Another blood test to measure the amount of the hormone progesterone in your body is usually performed 5-7 days after ovulation. This helps to confirm ovulation, and whether your body is producing a normal amount of progesterone.
Another test we may recommend is an X-ray hysterosalpingogram to check that the fallopian tubes are clear of any blockages, which may be preventing eggs from passing through. This is not performed at our practice, but all patients are fully briefed on what to expect, and can discuss any concerns about the test with us.
A procedure called a hysterosonogram may also be performed to detect underlying uterine conditions that could be causing difficulties in conceiving or carrying a pregnancy to term.
In the event that you may require more advanced fertility services than what Physicians for Women offers, we will refer you to a fertility specialist.