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Signs You May Need to Consider Fertility Treatments

If you’re like most couples who decided they were ready to start a family, you looked at your calendar and targeted the best time for the baby to arrive.

When you didn’t get pregnant, you may have researched a little bit about ovulation, then tried again — this time with more intentional timing.

If you struck out again, you likely started investigating causes of infertility, which brought you to IFVMD.

And we’re glad you’re here, because we help thousands of couples throughout Texas achieve their dream of having a baby. Our team includes some of the most sought-after fertility experts, who offer the most personal, compassionate, and professional treatments for every kind of conception issue.

But just because you didn’t conceive the first few times you tried, doesn’t mean you need fertility treatments. In this blog, we explain the telltale signs of fertility problems so you know when to seek professional treatment.

You’ve been trying to get pregnant for more than two years

Considering that nearly half of all pregnancies in the United States every year are unplanned or unwanted, it’s easy to assume that getting pregnant is simple, but it’s not.

Getting pregnant involves coordinating multiple variables, so it often takes months before a couple conceives a child. On average, only about 25% of women get pregnant on the first try, 45% on the second try, and it takes about a year of trying for 85% of women to become pregnant. This has nothing to do with infertility — it’s just the variables of nature.

If you’ve been trying for two years or more with nothing to show for it, it’s time for you and your partner to come in for a thorough evaluation.

Your period is unpredictable

If your period doesn’t come every 28-30 days, it’s tricky to know when you’re ovulating, which is the window you need to hit when you’re trying to conceive.

If your cycle is shorter than 28 days, longer than 32 days, or varied and unpredictable, ovulation induction can increase your chances of getting pregnant.

You have excess body and facial hair

If you’re having trouble conceiving, it could mean your hormones are out of whack. One of the signs is excess hair on your face and tummy — an indicator you have too many androgens (male hormones) in your system. This can inhibit the follicle growth necessary for fertilization.

Another sign of hormonal imbalance is a milky discharge from your breasts. This may indicate that you’re producing too much of the hormone prolactin, another follicle inhibitor. In this case, we can balance your hormones and get your body ready for pregnancy.

Low estrogen levels can also hinder ovulation and conception.

You have a pregnancy-blocking health issue

Certain medical and physical problems can block your efforts to get pregnant. In some cases, fertility returns as soon as the health issue is resolved, but in other cases, you may need fertility treatments.

Examples of health conditions that may hinder fertility include:

  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Tumor on your pituitary gland
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Low egg reserve 
  • Pelvic adhesions from past surgeries or sexually transmitted diseases
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Excessive scar tissue buildup

If you suffer from any of these conditions, and you’re having trouble getting pregnant, talk to our team to find out which treatments can help you.

You’ve had two or more miscarriages

Miscarriages indicate something’s wrong with either the condition of the embryo or the condition of your reproductive system. Often, miscarriages that occur during the first trimester typically indicate a problem with the chromosome makeup of the embryo or an ovulation issue.

If the miscarriage happens in the second trimester or beyond, you may have a structural issue that needs to be corrected or overridden.

What to do if you see these signs

If you’re experiencing any of these signs, symptoms, or conditions and haven’t been able to get pregnant, it’s time to consult our fertility experts at IVFMD.

We evaluate your reproductive health and get to the bottom of your inability to conceive. We also offer comprehensive male fertility evaluation and semen analysis to find out whether the problem lies with your partner.

Regardless of the obstacles, we are expertly trained and equipped to address your fertility problems with a full cadre of treatments, including:

To find out if fertility treatments can help you get pregnant, contact any of our three Texas offices in Arlington, Irving, or Grapevine to schedule a consultation.

Sy Le, M.D.
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