Infertility affects women and men equally, and in the United States nearly seven million women and their partners suffer from fertility issues. Dr. Sepideh Zahedy-Kapusta of Women & Family Clinic in La Habra, California, is a board-certified OB/GYN who wants you to know that 85%-90% of infertility problems can be resolved through medical treatment. Dr. Zahedy has more than 20 years of experience treating women who wish to become pregnant. If you’re struggling with infertility, call her office or schedule a consultation online to discuss your options.
A woman’s infertility may be the result of several different problems including uterine conditions, hormonal imbalances, problems with ovulation, or damage to your reproductive system. If you have fibroid cysts, endometriosis, or any other uterus abnormality, it could be inhibiting your ability to conceive. Some women have a cervical condition that actually prevents sperm from entering into the cervical canal.
If infertility is the result of a hormonal issue, you may not be able to get pregnant because the hormonal changes required to release an egg from an ovary each month might not be working. If no egg is released, your chances of getting pregnant decrease. Pelvic infections, like endometriosis, or scars from a previous pelvic surgery could also be affecting your ability to become pregnant.
Sometimes, the cause of infertility is hard to determine, but there are tests and exams that can provide insight as to what treatment options may be available for your specific circumstances or health condition.
After you discuss your infertility concerns with Dr. Zahedy so she can gain a better understanding of your experience, she may order some medical tests, such as a blood test to check hormone levels or a biopsy to examine your uterine lining. An ultrasound of your reproductive organs can indicate a blockage, obstruction, or another condition. For your convenience, the ultrasound is performed at the Women & Family Clinic.
The treatment for female infertility depends on your diagnosis. In some cases, medication to correct hormone imbalances or treat an infection might be effective. If there is significant damage to your uterus or you have cysts, surgery may help return your reproductive system to a healthier state. Additionally, there are procedures to implant fertilized eggs into your uterus, if necessary. Often, a combination of procedures works well.
If you’ve been trying to conceive for a year and you’re younger than 35, or if you’re over 35 and you’ve been trying to get pregnant for six months, it’s a good idea to consult an OB/GYN who can help. Call Dr. Zahedy’s office or schedule a consultation online to take the first step toward a successful pregnancy.