If you and your partner are having trouble getting pregnant, you are not alone. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine estimates there are 6.1 million people dealing with infertility in the United States—roughly 10% of those trying to conceive.
The gynecologic specialists at Norton Women’s Care are here to help. We provide a full range of infertility tests and treatment options to identify and address the issue. For more information about our comprehensive care, or to make an appointment with an infertility specialist, please call (502) 629-1234.
What is infertility?
According to the National Infertility Association, infertility is a medical condition of the reproductive system that results in the inability to conceive or carry a pregnancy to term. The condition is diagnosed after a couple has had a year of unprotected, regular intercourse without conceiving, or when pregnancy occurs but does not result in a live birth.
When should I see an infertility specialist?
Most physicians recommend that couples try to conceive for a year before seeking medical assistance. If a woman is over 30, has a history of pelvic disease, miscarriage, painful menstruation, irregular cycles, or if her partner has a low sperm count, the National Infertility Association recommends that she and her partner may want to seek professional advice sooner.
How is infertility treated?
Treatment depends on the cause of infertility for any given couple. It may include simple education and counseling, the use of medications that treat infections or promote ovulation or highly sophisticated medical procedures such as in vitro fertilization.
It is important for the couple to recognize and discuss the emotional impact of infertility, and to seek medical advice from a health care provider. Support groups for infertile couples may be an important source of strength and comfort. RESOLVE, a national organization, provides informal support and serves as a referral base for professional counseling specific to infertility issues.