Infertility

We understand that it is often difficult for a woman to become pregnant. Infertility is often described as the inability to become pregnant after trying for one year (or six months for women over 35 years of age.) This is an issue for about 10% of women in the United States between the ages of 15-44 according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC.)

Infertility can be an issue in both men and women, although it is more common in women. The most common cause of infertility in women is due to problems with ovulation. Without ovulation there are no eggs to be fertilized. This is often caused by polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) – a hormone imbalance that can interfere with normal ovulation.

Other less common causes include:

Ovarian insufficiency
Blocked fallopian tubes
Physical Uterus problems
Uterine fibroids – benign growths in the walls of the uterus
There are other factors which can affect a woman’s ability to have a baby. They include:

Age
Smoking
Excess alcohol use
Stress
Poor diet
Weight (Overweight AND Underweight)
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
Hormonal imbalance
Barrington Health Care for Women can help diagnose the cause of infertility. This typically involves a physical exam as well as a review of sexual history for both partners. Usually, a few additional tests will need to be done.

A critical factor for determining infertility in women is to determine if she is ovulating each month. Ovulation can be determined by a few different methods, including blood or urine tests or body temperature charting.

If you are having concerns about infertility, schedule a consultation with one of our physicians. It is always best to get an expert opinion – we look forward to helping you.