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Fertility Evaluation and Infertility Treatment

A standard fertility evaluation will include a physical examination, as well as medical and sexual histories of both partners. For women, our doctors will first determine whether ovulation is occurring. This can be determined and monitored through blood tests that detect hormones, ultrasound exams of the ovaries, or an ovulation home test kit. If you have an irregular menstrual pattern, it could be a sign of an ovulation problem, but it is also possible for a woman with regular periods to have an ovulation disorder, as well.

If you are ovulating, we will use a standard test called the hysterosalpingogram, which is a type of x-ray of the fallopian tubes and uterus. X-rays will be taken and if the fallopian tubes are open, the dye will flow through the tubes and be visible in the abdominal cavity. If the fallopian tubes are blocked, the dye will be retained in the uterus or fallopian tubes, depending on the location of the blockage.
We will perform tests on a recurring basis to determine if you are fertile or not. If you are infertile, you can undergo treatment. Infertility is often treatable depending on the cause, how long you have been infertile, your age and your partner’s age, in addition to many personal preferences.

A woman might need just one or two therapies to restore fertility, but it is also possible that several different types of treatment may be needed before you are able to conceive. (In some cases, infertility cannot be treated.) Some of the infertility treatments available include:

  • Stimulating ovulation with fertility drugs
  • Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
  • Surgery to restore fertility
  • Assistive reproductive technology

Our doctors will work with you to determine your fertility and to develop a treatment plan.