ThriveOB and Women's Wellness
Private Medical Practices & Anti-Aging & Hormone Specialists located in Barrington, IL
More than 10% of American women struggle with infertility. Although many people assume that getting pregnant is easy, for some women, it’s a source of frustration and sadness. If you’ve been trying to get pregnant without success, infertility may be to blame. Jennifer Moreira, MD, FACOG, and the team at ThriveOB and Women's Wellness can help. Trained in the latest infertility treatment methods available, the team can help you work through your struggle with infertility. To make an appointment, call the office in Barrington, Illinois, today.
Infertility Q & A
What causes infertility?
A couple is considered infertile if they’ve been trying to get pregnant for one year without success. Or, if the woman is 35 or older, that number is reduced to six months. Infertility can affect anyone at any age and from any background.
In order for a woman to get pregnant, her body must release an egg from one of her ovaries. The egg needs to travel through the fallopian tube to the uterus, and a man’s healthy sperm must come in contact with the egg along the way. Then, the fertilized egg must attach properly to the inside of the uterus.
If there is a problem with any of the above steps, infertility may be the case. Some of the issues that can cause infertility include irregular ovulation and menstrual cycles, blocked fallopian tubes, uterine abnormalities, and problems with your partner’s semen. In some cases, the cause of infertility is unidentifiable.
What are the treatment options for infertility?
The team at ThriveOB and Women’s Wellness begin with a thorough exam and fertility workup. They offer the FemVue™ procedure and ultrasounds to identify problems with your uterus and fallopian tubes.
There are many options available for treating infertility in women and in men. Your provider at ThriveOB and Women’s Wellness will make treatment recommendations based on your situation, but some common options are:
- Medications such as Clomid® and Letrozole®
- Assisted reproductive technology
Medications can stimulate ovulation and hormone production in women.
If medication and lifestyle changes don’t improve your fertility, your provider may provide a referral to a fertility expert. Fertility experts offer a variety of assisted reproductive treatments.
When should I start fertility treatment?
If both you and your partner are healthy, you may want to consider seeking fertility treatment after six months to a year of trying to get pregnant without success. Studies show that 60% of couples will become pregnant without medical assistance within six months of trying.
The team at ThriveOB and Women’s Wellness can help you evaluate your fertility and the overall health of you and your partner. Based on your unique situation, they’ll recommend possible treatment options for you.
Infertility is a common struggle and one that shouldn’t be handled alone. For help with fertility issues, call ThriveOB and Women’s Wellness for your first appointment today.