When to See a Physician about Your Fertility Issues
posted: Apr. 23, 2020.
If you have dreams of being a parent, it can be heartbreaking when starting a family proves more difficult than expected. Infertility affects many women, but that doesn't mean it is easy to cope with, especially when those around you are welcoming newborns and raising little ones.
At the Florida Institute for Reproductive Sciences and Technologies in Weston, our physicians understand the emotional toll of infertility, and we are here to help you through it. At our South Florida clinic, we will work with you to find ways to increase your chance of conception.
How do I know if I have infertility?
If you have been having regular intercourse without the use of a contraceptive for a year or more, this can be indicative of infertility. If you have been able to become pregnant but not carry to term, that can also indicate infertility.
What causes infertility?
Infertility in females is more common among those who are over the age of 35, have a medical condition such as endometriosis or uterine fibroids, or are underweight or obese. Substance usage, such as smoking or drug use, are also contributing factors.
Male infertility can be caused by a low sperm count, drug/alcohol use, obesity, sexually transmitted disease or sperm damage. Treatments or surgeries for other medical issues can also affect fertility.
Make sure to tell your physician at our South Florida office if either you or your partner is affected by any of the above.
What can I do about my infertility?
The first step will be some analysis by your physician at our South Florida office. This will likely include asking questions about your health and lifestyle, as well as running tests, such as ovulation tests and an ultrasound for the female, and a sperm analysis for the male.
From there, recommendations may include adjusting intercourse habits to increase chances of conception, taking a prescription medication, or undergoing medical procedures. If you have endometriosis or blocked Fallopian tubes, this could entail having corrective surgery. Other options include in vitro fertilization, in which the egg and sperm are obtained from both partners and fertilization is done in a lab.
There is no need to struggle in silence if you are suffering from infertility issues. Make an appointment with your physician at our South Florida office by calling 954-217-3456.