Genesys Women OBGYN
Dama A. Ziworitin, MD
OBGYN located in Houston, TX
Infertility Evaluation Q & A
What is infertility?
Infertility is the inability to get pregnant after 12 months of trying, or the inability to carry a fetus to term. One-third of the time, infertility results from female problems, and in another third of infertility cases, the cause is traced to the man.
Other times the cause of infertility is unknown or results from both male and female problems. An infertility evaluation helps Dr. Ziworitin diagnose your condition and develop a treatment plan.
What are the risk factors for female infertility?
While the cause of infertility isn’t always clear, factors that increase the risk of infertility in women include:
- Ovulation disorders
- Fallopian tube damage
- Pelvic adhesions
- Early menopause
- Older age
- Tobacco or alcohol use
- Too little physical activity or excessive exercise
Healthy habits that increase your risk of becoming or staying pregnant include not smoking or drinking alcohol, getting moderate exercise, limiting caffeine, getting plenty of sleep, and reducing stress.
How is infertility diagnosed?
To find the cause of infertility, Dr. Ziworitin and his team review your lifestyle habits and medical history. He completes a pelvic exam and Pap test – and might recommend ovulation testing, pelvic ultrasound, laparoscopy, or other fertility tests to diagnose your condition.
What is the treatment for infertility?
After an infertility evaluation Dr. Ziworitin discusses your treatment options, which might include:
Taking certain fertility medications can jump-start ovulation if you suffer from an ovulation disorder.
Treating the underlying cause
If the cause of infertility is polyps, fibroids, endometriosis, pelvic adhesions, other gynecological conditions, Dr. Ziworitin might recommend laparoscopy or another minimally invasive procedure.
If you require advanced infertility treatment, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) to fertilize eggs outside of the uterus, Dr. Ziworitin can refer you to a qualified fertility specialist in your area.
Don’t give up on becoming pregnant if you struggle with infertility. Schedule an infertility evaluation with Genesys Women OBGYN over the phone or online today.