Posts for: May, 2018
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately 10 percent of women ages 15-44 struggle with infertility. About 7 percent of men are infertile according to a study published in the Human Reproduction Update. This issue doesn’t just take a physical toll, it can also affect women emotionally in significant ways. There may be options for treating infertility that you can explore with an OB/GYN at South Metro Obstetrics & Gynecology in Lone Tree and Englewood, CO.
Infertility is the inability or difficulty to conceive and carry a child to full term. If a woman under the age of 35 is unable to conceive after a year of unprotected sex, infertility may be the issue (six months for women over 35). It is a very stressful situation for couples who desperately want to have a baby. Keep in mind that both men and women can be infertile, which is why it’s important to narrow down the exact cause, whenever possible, with extensive testing of both partners.
Possible Causes of Infertility
In some cases, infertility is a problem that is inherited. It can also be caused by gynecological conditions like fibroids and endometriosis. Women who have only one functioning ovary or trouble ovulating often find it more difficult to conceive. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (a hormonal imbalance) is the most common cause of infertility in women according to The Office on Women's Health. Infertility in men (low sperm count) may be caused by poor diet, substance abuse, smoking, certain medications, or STDs that have gone untreated for many years.
An extensive round of testing by your Lone Tree and Englewood OB/GYN is necessary before a course of treatment can be recommended. Some couples choose to explore IVF (in vitro fertilization) treatments to overcome infertility issues. Some medications or a surgical procedure may help, depending on the diagnosis. Dietary and lifestyle changes may also be crucial to increasing the chance of conception.
Talk to an OB/GYN About Your Options
If you’re having trouble conceiving, infertility is an issue that you should discuss with a trusted and experienced OB/GYN. Call (303) 788-7888 today to schedule a consultation and evaluation with a women’s doctor at South Metro Obstetrics & Gynecology in Lone Tree or Englewood, CO.