Infertility

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May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology

Obstetrics & Gynecology located throughout Lancaster & Lebanon Counties, PA

When women are healthy, young, and trying to get pregnant, they’re shocked when a year goes by, and they still haven’t conceived. Yet 12-15% of couples are infertile after a year of trying. The team at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology have helped many women overcome infertility and achieve a successful pregnancy. The first step is to schedule an infertility evaluation using online booking or by calling the office in Lancaster, Elizabethtown, Columbia, Ephrata, Intercourse, Willow Street, or Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

Infertility Q & A

When Should I Seek an Infertility Evaluation?

You should schedule an infertility evaluation at May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology when you meet any of the following criteria.

  • A woman under the age of 35 who isn’t pregnant after one year of regular, unprotected sex
  • Woman aged 35-40 who isn’t pregnant after six months of regular, unprotected sex
  • A woman over the age of 40 who wants to have a baby
  • Woman of any age who has irregular menstrual cycles or a health condition that affects fertility

 

At any age, undergoing a thorough evaluation with counseling before trying to conceive can increase your chance of becoming pregnant and having a healthy pregnancy.

Age is the most important factor in women’s ability to get pregnant because their fertility starts to decline after the age of 30 and rapidly drops after 35-40.

What Causes Infertility in Women?

In one-third of infertile couples, the problem is male factor infertility. In another one-third of couples, the problem is found in the woman.

These are some of the most common causes of female infertility:

  • Ovulation Problems: About 25-30% of infertile couples can’t get pregnant because the woman doesn’t ovulate regularly.
  • Fallopian Tube Problem: A problem in the fallopian tube that blocks sperm from reaching the egg is discovered in about 20-30% of infertile couples.
  • Endometriosis: When you have endometriosis, tissues similar to the uterine lining start to grow outside the uterus, where they cause inflammation and scarring. Endometriosis causes infertility in 5-10% of couples.

 

How is Infertility Treated?

During your infertility evaluation, you may undergo a variety of tests such as ovulation testing, hormone testing, and ultrasound imaging. If an underlying cause is identified, your treatment is customized to target that problem.

Your clinician may recommend drugs that trigger ovulation or minimally invasive surgery to treat problems that cause infertility such as fibroids and endometriosis.

You may also be a good candidate for assisted reproductive technology, such as:

  • Intrauterine Insemination: After taking medication to trigger ovulation, sperm is inserted directly into your uterus at the time you ovulate.
  • In-Vitro Fertilization: This procedure consists of removing your eggs, fertilizing the eggs in the lab, then implanting the fertilized embryo into your uterus.

 

If you’ve tried for six months to a year and still can’t get pregnant, call May-Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology to book an appointment online.