Infertility is common. About one in eight couples have trouble starting a family. G. Lara Bhatnagar, MD, at Women 2 Women Medical Center in Irvine, California, offers infertility evaluations and treatments to help you start a family. Treatment options include medications to trigger ovulation along with intrauterine insemination (IUI). Take charge of your reproductive future now by calling today or booking a fertility consultation online.
Doctors define infertility as not conceiving after having regular sexual intercourse without birth control for a year. In couples over age 35, the standard is after six months of trying.
Infertility is complex, and both partners may play a role when a couple has difficulty becoming pregnant. Female-related factors account for about one-third of infertility issues, while male factors account for another third. The remaining third is due to a combination of both male and female factors or unknown causes.
Female infertility is most commonly due to irregular ovulation or a lack of ovulation. If you aren’t regularly releasing an egg, it's impossible to get pregnant. Some medical conditions, such as polycystic ovary syndrome, can interfere with ovulation. Another condition, endometriosis, can block your Fallopian tubes, preventing a fertilized egg from implanting in your uterus.
The good news is that there are a host of effective treatments to correct structural abnormalities, address hormonal conditions, and help you become pregnant.
At Women 2 Women Medical Center, Dr. Bhatnagar begins with a comprehensive medical evaluation for infertility. She takes a detailed medical history, asking about your menstrual cycle and any pain or abnormal bleeding.
Your evaluation may include blood work to check your levels of progesterone and other hormones, an ultrasound to look for structural issues with your reproductive organs, and diagnostic tests to shed light on what’s behind infertility. Once she has pinpointed the cause or causes, she recommends an appropriate treatment plan.
Often, less invasive treatments can help you achieve your dream of having children. Drug therapy or surgical procedures, rather than IVF, can help a couple to conceive in 85-90% of cases of infertility.
Once she knows what’s causing infertility, Dr. Bhatnagar recommends one or more treatments to help you achieve a successful pregnancy.
Women 2 Women Medical Center offers medications to trigger ovulation and provides intrauterine insemination (IUI), where your partner’s sperm is inserted directly into your uterus via a thin tube. You also typically take fertility medications with IUI. Your success rate with this quick procedure may be as high as 20% per attempt.
You don’t need to struggle with infertility when Women 2 Women Medical Center offers compassionate, holistic fertility evaluations and treatment. Call today, or book your fertility assessment online.