Infertility is a common problem that affects many couples in our community. Infertility is either the inability to get pregnant after 12 months of actively trying, or the inability to carry a pregnancy long enough for the baby to live outside mom’s body (about 24 weeks).
Many people automatically think infertility is a female-only problem. In reality, only 1/3 of infertility cases are due to male causes, 1/3 are female causes and 1/3 are a combination of male and female causes.
Your first appointment for infertility will include questions about a couple’s sexual history, menstrual history, family history and other health questions. These are used to identify your risk for endometriosis, anovulation, PCO and PID. Your provider will then do an exam of the breasts, abdomen, genitals, cervix, uterus and ovaries. The exam confirms that anatomy and sex characteristics are normal. She may do blood work to identify endocrine problems or an ultrasound to look more closely at the uterus and ovaries. Once the initial evaluation is complete, your provider will make recommendations to maximize your chance of pregnancy.
Infertility can be a significant stressor in someones life and relationship. Often, when a couple is trying to get pregnant and cannot, it consumes their every moment and thought. Dr. O’Sullivan and Ashley are sensitive to this and will often talk to patients about stress-reduction techniques such as exercise, dietary changes, proper sleep, meditation or hypnosis.
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