Infertility is one of the most stressful experiences a woman can have, but there’s no need to feel like you’re alone as you navigate your journey to motherhood. Dr. Sowmya Reddy of Alpha OBGYN in Alpharetta and Cumming, Georgia, understands the toll that infertility can take on your sense of wellness and your relationship. She works to determine the cause of infertility and help you choose the right path forward. Book your appointment today to get started. You’re always welcome to reach the office by phone, or you can try the easy online scheduling tool.
Infertility is an inability to become pregnant after one year of trying. As many as 10-18% of American couples struggle with infertility, and far too few share their experience with others. That can leave couples feeling isolated during a time when they could use the support of friends and family.
Infertility is often thought of as primarily a women’s health issue. In reality, only around one-third of cases are because of factors related to the female partner. One third are related to male issues, and in the remaining third of cases, it isn’t possible to determine a cause.
What causes infertility in women?
To become pregnant a series of events must occur. Your ovaries must function properly, releasing an egg during the fertile days of your menstrual cycle. Sperm must be present, healthy, and able to reach the egg. You must have regular intercourse during your fertile window, and your Fallopian tubes and uterus need to function normally.
A problem in any of these areas can cause infertility. Some examples include:
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
- Hypothalamic dysfunction, which alters your hormone levels
- Premature ovarian failure
- Excess levels of prolactin
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Pelvic tuberculosis
- Uterine abnormalities
- Cervical stenosis, or narrowing of your cervix
This is not a comprehensive list. As you can see, there are many potential causes of infertility, which is why seeking a professional fertility examination is important.
What can be done to treat infertility?
Your treatment path depends on the causes of your infertility struggles. Some issues can be diagnosed and treated more easily than others.
Medication might play a role in restoring fertility. There are drugs that stimulate ovulation, and others that control insulin resistance. This approach can increase your chances of conceiving multiples. Dr. Reddy will discuss the pros and cons of various treatment options with you to give you everything you need to make an informed decision.
Surgery can also address some types of infertility. There are procedures that correct uterine shape, remove polyps and fibroids, and address uterine or pelvic adhesions. Some surgeries focus on correcting abnormalities of your Fallopian tubes. Reproductive assistance like intrauterine insemination and in vitro fertilization can also help.
Dr. Reddy takes the time to complete a thorough diagnostic examination and creates a customized treatment plan to help you reach your goal of motherhood. When you’re ready to begin, schedule an appointment online or by phone.