Facing infertility can be a challenging journey for many couples. At May-Grant OB/GYN, serving Lancaster, PA, and its surrounding communities, we understand the complexities involved in infertility and are dedicated to providing compassionate, personalized care. Our team offers a comprehensive range of infertility solutions, from initial diagnosis to advanced treatment options, aimed at helping you achieve your dream of parenthood.
Infertility is the inability to become pregnant after a year of trying to conceive. Some infertile women may have irregular or absent periods, and unless you’ve been trying to get pregnant, then it can be a problem.
While infertility can occur at any age, infertility most often occurs in specific scenarios, including:
- Women under age 35 who isn’t pregnant after a year of regular, unprotected sex
- Women aged 35-40 who aren’t pregnant after six months of regular, unprotected sex
- Women over 40 who desire to have a baby
- Any woman who experiences irregular menstrual cycles or a health condition that impacts fertility.
In most cases, most causes of infertility are related to male partners, but in other cases, women may experience infertility due to causes such as:
- Ovulation Issues: Women who don’t ovulate regularly often experience fertility issues in 25-30% of couples.
- Fallopian Tube Problems: If the fallopian tube blocks sperm from reaching the egg, it can lead to a higher risk of infertility in about 20-30% of couples.
- Endometriosis: As a primary cause of infertility, uterine lining growth can cause scarring and inflammation, causing infertility in about 5-10% of couples.
At May-Grant OB/GYN, we can provide infertility evaluations to assess your symptoms and recommend treatment. These treatments are generally provided after tests to give you the best chance of getting pregnant.
Testing is one of the best ways to help increase fertility chances. Tests such as ovulation, hormonal, and imaging tests can track down ovary egg release. Once a healthy ovarian egg can be gathered, some treatments can be provided to help induce fertility. Some of these treatment methods include:
- Fertility Medications: As the primary treatment for infertility, these medications help regulate and induce ovulation for infertile women due to ovulation disorders.
- Intrauterine Insemination: Through this treatment, healthy sperm are placed directly into the uterus during ovulation, and a timed treatment can be coordinated to help produce a pregnancy.
- In-Vitro Fertilization: In-vitro fertilization works by retrieving mature eggs and fertilizing them with sperm. The embryo is reinserted into the mother’s uterus or through a gestational carrier.
- Surgeries For Fertility: Some surgeries can be performed with assisted reproductive technology to remove problems such as endometrial polyps, intrauterine scars, and other adhesions or growths that may prevent pregnancy. Depending on the cause of your infertility, large fibroids, pelvic adhesions, and symptoms of endometriosis may require different surgical techniques, such as laparoscopic surgery.
Lifestyle Changes and Support
In addition to medical treatment, we emphasize the importance of lifestyle changes and support in managing infertility. This may include nutritional counseling, stress reduction techniques, and joining support groups.
With today’s advances in fertility treatments, many couples experiencing infertility have a positive outlook and a good chance of achieving pregnancy. Our team is committed to providing the latest in fertility treatments, offering hope and support at every step.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When should I seek help for infertility?
A: It’s recommended to seek evaluation if you’ve been trying to conceive for one year without success, or after six months if the woman is over the age of 35.
Q: Are there treatments available for both male and female infertility?
A: Yes, we offer diagnostic and treatment options for both male and female infertility factors.
Q: Is infertility treatment covered by insurance?
A: Coverage varies by insurance plan. We can help you navigate your coverage options and provide information on potential costs.
Q: How successful are infertility treatments?
A: Success rates vary depending on the cause of infertility and the treatment chosen. We strive to provide the most effective treatments based on the latest research.
Begin Your Fertility Journey with May-Grant OB/GYN
If you’re facing infertility, you’re not alone. May-Grant OB/GYN is here to provide expert care, advanced treatment options, and compassionate support. Together, we’ll explore every possibility to help you achieve your dream of becoming a parent. Contact us at 717-397-8177 to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards expanding your family.