More than 10% of American women struggle with infertility. Although many people assume that getting pregnant is easy, for some couples it’s a source of frustration and sadness. Infertility can lead to many questions, but you don’t have to go through the journey alone. If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for a year or more without success, infertility may be to blame. Thomas T. Lee, MD, FACOG, Corazon Navarro, MD, and their team at Grand Medical Group OB-GYN in Montclair, California can assist. Trained in the latest infertility treatment methods available, Dr. Lee and Dr. Navarro will help you work through your struggle with 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. About 33% of fertility problems can be attributed to the woman, another 33% to the man, and in the remaining cases, infertility is caused by a number of problems. In some cases, it’s difficult to find the root cause of a couple’s infertility.
There are many options available for treating infertility in women and in men. Dr. Lee and Dr. Navarro will make treatment recommendations based on your situation, but some common options are:
Medications can stimulate ovulation and hormone production in women. Artificial insemination involves specially preparing sperm and injecting it into the uterus to increase chances of fertilization. In assisted reproductive technology, the egg is removed from the woman’s body and joined with the sperm in a lab, and the new embryo is returned to the woman’s body.
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.
Dr. Lee, Dr. Navarro, and the team at Grand Medical Group OB-GYN 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 Grand Medical Group OB-GYN for your first appointment today.