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South Sound Womens Center

OB-GYNs located in Olympia, WA

Infertility can be a frustrating and upsetting condition for many women who wish to be parents. The skilled team of OB/GYNs at South Sound Women’s Center in Olympia, Washington, help women struggling with infertility by offering a variety of treatments, including fertility drug management and intrauterine insemination (IUI). If you’re having a hard time getting pregnant, call South Sound Women’s Center to book an appointment for a fertility evaluation.

Infertility Q & A

South Sound Womens Center

What causes infertility?

Infertility may be related to you, your partner, or both. Irregular or complete lack of ovulation is the most common cause of infertility in women, while abnormalities in the testes that affect the production or function of sperm are the most common cause in men.

The team at South Sound Women’s Center checks infertile couples during fertility evaluations for problems that may cause difficulty getting pregnant.

When should I consider getting a fertility evaluation?

You may want to consider scheduling a fertility evaluation at South Sound Women’s Center if any of the following apply to you:

  • You or your partner have a fertility problem you’re already aware of
  • You have an irregular menstrual cycle
  • You’ve had sexual intercourse without contraception for one year without getting pregnant
  • You’re over age 35 and haven’t gotten pregnant after trying for six months

How does an OB/GYN evaluate infertility?

First, your doctor at South Sound Women’s Center performs a physical exam and carefully reviews your medical history. They may ask questions about your menstrual period, pelvic pain, vaginal discharge, or abnormal bleeding.

They may also ask you and your partner questions about your lifestyle and sexual history, such as:

  • Whether you use tobacco, alcohol, or drugs
  • What kinds of birth control you use or have used
  • How long you’ve been trying to become pregnant
  • If you’ve been pregnant before

Your doctor may use lab tests or imaging tests such as an ultrasound to check for underlying medical conditions associated with infertility.

What are treatments for infertility?

Infertility treatment varies depending on your unique condition. The team at South Sound Women’s Center discusses your best options for treating infertility, which may include:

Fertility drug management

Several medical conditions can cause infertility, but treatment with medication may help. The team at South Sound Women’s Center prescribes the following types of medicine for infertility:

  • Clomid, or clomiphene citrate, to induce ovulation
  • Progesterone tablets and suppositories for progesterone deficiency
  • Blood thinning agents for clotting abnormalities

Intrauterine insemination (IUI)

During an IUI procedure, your doctor inserts a concentrated sperm specimen directly into your uterus. You may wish to try this procedure with or without Clomid.

Endometriosis treatment

Endometriosis is a common medical condition that may result in infertility. If your doctor diagnoses you with endometriosis during a pelvic exam, they discuss the next steps for treatment.

If you’ve been trying to get pregnant with no success, call or click online to schedule a fertility evaluation today.