Infertility

Infertility Specialist
Learning you’re infertile can be devastating, but the good news is, there are many treatments that can help you significantly improve your chances of conceiving even without IVF (in-vitro fertilization) and IUI (intrauterine insemination). At Gresham Women's Healthcare, we provide in-depth infertility workups and treatment options designed to help many women in and around Gresham, Oregon, improve their chances of becoming pregnant. Many factors can contribute to infertility, and the team at Gresham Women's Healthcare is committed to helping you find the right solution to help you start, or add to your family.

Infertility Q & A

Gresham Women's Healthcare, PC

I have been trying to become pregnant, but I have not been successful. Does that mean I’m infertile?

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.

What are the primary causes of infertility?

In women, the main causes of infertility include:

  • Older age
  • PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome): Or other irregularities in ovulation
  • Hormone disorders
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Structural issues: With the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, or uterine lining
  • Scar tissue (adhesions): In the uterus or fallopian tubes
  • Endometriosis: A condition that occurs when the uterine lining grows outside the uterus

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.

How can a gynecologist determine the cause of infertility?

The doctors at Gresham Women's Healthcare use advanced, state-of-the-art approaches to identify the cause of infertility, including:

  • Blood tests
  • Minimally-invasive diagnostic exams: To evaluate the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes
  • Ultrasound exams: Looking for structural issues making conception difficult
  • Genetic testing


How is infertility treated?

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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