Fertility Treatment Resources To Guide You To The Help You Need

Infertility is defined as the inability to get pregnant after actively trying to conceive for one year or more. If you and your partner have been struggling with infertility issues, you may benefit from fertility treatment resources.

The First Step: Working with Your OB/GYN
If you and your male partner are having trouble conceiving, your first resource should be your obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN). Make an appointment to discuss your infertility and decide on the appropriate course of action.

Your doctor will give you a full physical and gynecological examination, and will discuss with you in length the extent of your efforts to conceive. Be prepared to answer some pretty personal questions, including questions about your diet and nutrition, exercise, personal care and lifestyle.

Your doctor will test you for disease and disease immunity. She’ll ask questions about risk factors, including whether or not you consume alcohol on a regular basis, use tobacco products or illicit substances, all of which can reduce your chances of conception.

She’ll asses your body weight, and determine if your weight may play a factor in your infertility. Individuals who are obese or severely underweight may have trouble conceiving. She’ll also assess any medications you may be taking that could interfere with or make it difficult for you to become pregnant.

Consult a Specialist
If your OB/GYN has determined no specific cause for your infertility, she may refer you to a specialist. A reproductive endocrinologist is a specialist who deals in hormone dysfunction and infertility. He can perform tests on both partners to help determine the potential reasons for your trouble conceiving.

A reproductive endocrinologist will ask you many personal and behavioral questions, and perform physical and lab tests to help determine the cause of infertility. This will likely include a blood test for both partners, to evaluate hormone levels.

Men will deliver a sperm sample for analysis to determine whether low sperm counts or impaired sperm motility may be responsible. Women may undergo X-rays and ultrasounds, and in some cases laparoscopic surgery, to evaluate the condition of her reproductive organs. Organ damage or disfigurement is a leading cause of infertility in women.

RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association
RESOLVE, or the National Infertility Association, was founded to help men and women struggling with conception to achieve their goal.

If you’re looking for news or studies on new methods of treating infertility, you can find information here. New treatments for infertility in men and women are always being considered.