Not necessarily. Fertility and conception can be affected by many factors, including illness and chronic stress. Strictly speaking, a woman who has been trying consistently to become pregnant for 12 consecutive months but has been unable to conceive is considered infertile. Women who are 35 years of age and older are considered infertile if they don’t become pregnant after 6 months of trying. However, many women seek treatment after a few months of unsuccessful pregnancy attempts just to rule out potential underlying issues that could be interfering with conception.
In women, the main causes of infertility include:
Infertility can also be a male problem, usually caused by problems with sperm production or motility. Checking male fertility is the simplest and fastest way to eliminate, or recognize at least part of the problem of infertility. Some medical treatments can also interfere with fertility.
The doctors at Gresham Women's Healthcare use advanced, state-of-the-art approaches to identify the cause of infertility, including:
Infertility treatment varies depending on the issue that’s interfering with conception.
In most patients, treatment will begin by addressing issues like scar tissue, fibroids, or endometriosis, usually with minimally invasive procedure, or with medications designed to regulate and promote ovulation.
For women with PCOS, ovulation induction with special drugs can be very effective.
When these approaches aren’t effective, the doctor may discuss other options like in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination (IUI). Our team works closely with IVF and IUI providers and can provide referrals when necessary. Since these methods are more costly and complex, medications to promote ovulation usually are considered first.
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