An infertility evaluation can determine why you’re struggling to conceive
1 in 8 couples will face infertility, but an infertility evaluation and treatment can help make dreams of parenthood come true. If pregnancy isn’t coming easy for you, our experienced Austin obgyns can help you and your partner uncover the problem. With the right diagnosis, you can receive the fertility treatment you need to conceive.
What causes infertility?
Although many people think that infertility is only a woman’s problem, our Austin obgyns want you to know that fertility issues can also be caused by male issues. In both men and women, anatomical or hormonal issues can be responsible for infertility. Age also causes male and female fertility to decline over time.
When should I seek an infertility evaluation?
Because time is of the essence when it comes to fertility, our Austin obgyns recommend that you schedule an infertility evaluation sooner rather than later. Specifically, our obgyns recommend adhering to the following guidelines.
- If you are under 32 and have been unable to conceive after one year of trying, you should visit our obgyns.
- If you are over 32 and have been unable to conceive after six months, you should schedule an infertility evaluation.
- If you have a history of fertility issues or risk factors for infertility, you should reach out to our Austin obgyns as soon as you want to start or grow your family. Some examples of fertility risk factors include endometriosis, irregular menstrual cycles, pelvic inflammatory disease, polycystic ovary syndrome and sexually transmitted diseases.
What happens during an infertility evaluation?
Our knowledgeable Austin obgyns can conduct several fertility tests, including blood and urine tests, to assess hormone levels and ovarian reserve, which is a woman’s egg supply. These basic tests provide critical information about your fertility, and help your doctor recommend the best treatment plan for you.
If our obgyns suspect that a physical problem is causing your fertility issues, your physician may perform a transvaginal ultrasound or hysterosalpingogram to assess your reproductive organs. These diagnostic tests can determine if you have any problems with your uterus, fallopian tubes or ovaries that can be corrected with minimally invasive surgery.
We are able to order semen analysis and evaluate some aspects of male factor infertility as well.
Although it can be upsetting to receive a diagnosis of infertility, there is hope. By determining what is causing your fertility issues, our Austin obgyns can recommend fertility treatments or make a referral to a reproductive endocrinologist for more advanced treatment options that can help you bring home a healthy baby.
Contact us for more information or an appointment with our Austin obgyns. Our compassionate and experienced physicians are excited to help you achieve your dreams of parenthood.