Motherhood Stuffs: Seeking a fertility doctor and fertility testing

Friday, August 21, 2015

Seeking a fertility doctor and fertility testing

Dealing with infertility can be a stressful and difficult time. Infertility is the inability to achieve a pregnancy within a year of trying naturally. For some people, miscarriage may have been a problem they have been faced with and it can be emotionally devastating when this happens.  In some cases, the woman may have the issue causing the problem and in some cases it may be the male.

The first step in seeking treatment for a suspected fertility problem is to contact a fertility specialist. A fertility specialist is a doctor, typically an OB/GYN who has special training related to infertility. Many people may seek the advice of their regular gynecologist however many are not adequately trained nor have the experience to treat infertility problems.

A qualified fertility specialist will perform an ultrasound on the woman and a semen analysis (sperm test) on the male. This will give the fertility doctor a better insight of any potential problems that are causing infertility. In addition, they may also order tests such as a laboratory hormone testing to determine if the problem is related to a hormone imbalance with the male or female. If these tests look okay and the couple is still unable to conceive naturally, they may perform a hysterosalpingogram (HSG).

 An HSG is a test used to check the woman’s Fallopian tubes to ensure there is not a blockage. It is performed under x-ray and dye is injected through the vagina and into the uterus to visualize the Fallopian tubes. The specialist can also evaluate the uterus for any abnormalities. Sometimes, a blockage within the Fallopian tubes is causing the problem and it can then be unlocked. Depending on the outcome of the above tests, the physician may order additional testing.

Once the cause of infertility is established, a treatment plan can begin. Treatment for infertility can include medication, intrauterine insemination (IUI) and even In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF). In Vitro Fertilization is where eggs are retrieved from the woman and mixed with sperm from the male and allowed to grow in a lab for several days. They are then placed back into the uterus in hopes of achieving a pregnancy. The doctor may also recommend lifestyle changes as well. In some cases, the cause of infertility is unexplained and there are no medical findings for the couple’s infertility.

You are not alone, many people suffer from infertility. If you feel you are having a problem with infertility it is important to contact a fertility specialist who can perform the necessary testing to help determine the problem. Treatment for infertility can then begin. 

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