You may feel alone when you’re struggling to get pregnant, but infertility is common and affects more than 6 million women of childbearing age in the US. Though conception may be more difficult, infertility doesn’t mean you can’t have a baby. Woo Hyun Sohn, MD, at Stellar Women’s Care in Houston, Texas, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility and can help you get the answers you need. Call the office, or book an appointment online today.
You may be struggling with infertility if you’ve been unable to get pregnant after 12 months of trying or six months if you’re over the age of 35. Infertility also includes cases where you’re able to get pregnant, but unable to carry to term.
Infertility is quite common. Women carry much of the guilt when it comes to pregnancy; however, in one-third of cases, infertility is because of a female health issue; in one-third of cases, the issue is related to the male partner; and one-third of the time, it’s a combination of both.
In most cases, infertility in women develops from a problem with ovulation. In order to get pregnant, several steps need to take place. First, your ovaries need to release an egg, which generally occurs every month. Your egg then travels through the Fallopian tubes on its way to your uterus.
During its journey, your egg must meet up with sperm for fertilization. When fertilized, the egg implants itself into your uterus to grow and develop.
Women who suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) may not release an egg every month, decreasing their chances of pregnancy. Additionally, women with endometriosis may develop scar tissue along the Fallopian tubes that may prevent the joining of the egg and sperm.
Fibroids, and other reproductive abnormalities, may also make it hard for a fertilized egg to implant itself in the uterus.
Dr. Sohn takes a patient-focused approach to care and conducts a comprehensive evaluation when you come to the office for an infertility consultation. During your exam, he asks detailed questions about your gynecological and sexual history, as well as your personal medical and family history. He also gathers health information from your partner.
Dr. Sohn then performs a physical and pelvic exam and may request various tests to determine the underlying cause of your infertility, such as a blood test to check hormone levels or an abdominal ultrasound to evaluate your reproductive organs.
Dr. Sohn develops individualized treatment plans for infertility based on the underlying cause. Initially, he may prescribe medication to increase ovulation and teach you how to track ovulation, so you can time your intercourse when you have the best chance for conception. Intrauterine insemination (IUI) may also be suggested to increase your chances of pregnancy.
He also performs minimally invasive procedures to manage structural issues that may affect your fertility, such as scarring in your Fallopian tubes or fibroids.
Infertility doesn’t mean you can’t have a baby. For competent and compassionate care, contact Stellar Women’s Care by phone or online today.