Obstetrics and Gynecologist located in Corner of N. Federal Hwy and Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL
If you’re struggling to get pregnant, you’re not alone. Infertility affects about six million women of childbearing age. Tina Mehta, DO, FACOG, and Melissa Kushlak, DO, FACOG, at Elite OB/GYN are women’s health experts that work with you to help identify what may be causing your infertility and help increase your chances of pregnancy. To learn more about infertility and your options, call the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, office or schedule an appointment online.
Infertility Q & A
What is infertility?
Infertility is medically defined as not being able to get pregnant or stay pregnant after a year of trying, or six months if you’re 35 or older. Your difficulties may be due to a number of different issues, but for most women it’s due to an issue with ovulation.
An irregular period may be an indication that you’re not ovulating regularly. The most common cause of infertility in women is polycystic ovarian syndrome, which is a condition that causes a hormonal imbalance that affects ovulation.
Primary ovarian insufficiency is also a cause of infertility in women. It is when your ovaries don’t function normally before age 40.
Although less common than issues with ovulation, structural problems with your reproductive organs may also lead to infertility, such as blocked fallopian tubes or fibroids.
What can I expect during an infertility evaluation?
When it comes to your health, Dr. Mehta and Dr. Kushlak are on your side and conduct very thorough examinations to help determine what may be causing your infertility. Your evaluation may include:
- Review of your medical and sexual history
- Physical and pelvic exam
- Blood tests
Your specialist also wants to talk to your partner. While women are often the ones seeking treatment for infertility, one-third of infertility cases are related to issues with men.
What treatments are available for infertility?
Your specialist at Elite OB/GYN develops a personalized treatment plan for your infertility based on the results of your examination. Treatment may include:
At-home ovulation tests
Tracking your ovulation at home may help you better plan sexual intercourse and increase chances of conception. At-home ovulation tests can tell you when you’re ovulating.
To improve ovulation, your specialist may prescribe medication.
Intrauterine insemination is a procedure in which healthy sperm is injected directly into your uterus during ovulation.
In vitro fertilization (IVF)
IVF is a procedure in which your egg is fertilized outside your body and then placed in your uterus.
If it’s a structural issue that’s affecting your ability to get pregnant, your specialist may recommend a surgical procedure to alleviate the problem.
For help with infertility, call the caring team at Elite OB/GYN or schedule an appointment online.
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