Infertility Specialist
When you’re ready to start a family, you want to start one right away. Not being able to conceive can be stressful and disappointing. But infertility is common, affecting 10 to 15% of couples in the United States. Maurice Chung, MD, at Alliance for Women’s Health in Lima, Ohio, can help determine the cause of your infertility and treat it, so that you can go on to have a healthy pregnancy and baby. To schedule, call or make an appointment online.

Infertility Q & A

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What is infertility?

A couple is considered to have fertility problems if they’ve been trying to conceive a child for a year and have not been able to have a baby. If you've been able to get pregnant but repeatedly suffer miscarriages, that is also considered infertility. Because fertility declines with age, women over 35 who have been trying for six months should also seek fertility help.

What causes infertility?

While infertility is often assumed to be the woman’s issue, about one-third of the time it’s due to the man and one-third of the time it’s due to the woman. Another one-third of infertility cases are caused by a combination of the man and woman, or the cause or culprit is unknown.

In women, infertility is often caused by the following issues:

  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Primary ovarian insufficiency (POI)
  • Diminished ovarian reserve (DOR)
  • Blocked fallopian tubes, usually due to pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, or a previous ectopic pregnancy
  • Functional hypothalamic amenorrhea, which is caused by excessive exercise, stress, or low body weight
  • Uterine fibroids

How is infertility diagnosed?

At Alliance for Women’s Health, Dr. Chung performs a series of tests to pinpoint the cause of your reproductive problem. He starts with a physical and medical history and may also perform:

  • An ultrasound to see if the ovaries are functioning properly
  • A hysterosalpingography, which is a type of X-ray, to look for blockages in your fallopian tubes and uterus
  • Laparoscopy, a minimally invasive procedure to look inside your abdomen and check for issues such as scarring
  • Ovarian reserve testing to check egg quality and quantity

How is infertility treated?

Depending on your fertility issue, Dr. Chung may prescribe medications to stimulate ovulation or surgery to correct blockages or other issues. He may also refer you to a reproductive endocrinologist, a fertility specialist.

A reproductive endocrinologist may recommend assisted reproductive technology (ART) procedures such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), also known as artificial insemination, or in vitro fertilization (IVF). A urologist can help treat men with low sperm counts or poor performing sperm, sexual problems, or other issues.

While infertility is upsetting and disappointing, the majority of people that have fertility issues and seek treatment go on to have healthy, full-term pregnancies. Dr. Chung can help you have the family you’ve always wanted. Call Alliance for Women’s Health or make an appointment online today to get started.

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