Giving birth to a healthy baby is a common dream. Unfortunately, not all women can achieve pregnancy naturally. There are many misconceptions and questions about infertility.
At New Hope Fertility Center in New York, I have encountered a few couples who, after a few years of trying to conceive and no infertility tests done, come and tell me that they wanted to do and are ready for an IVF treatment. When this situation happens, we explain to patients that not all infertile couples need to do IVF. First, we will need to check the semen quality. If it is poor quality, the woman does not need to have a tubal patency test undergoing IVF treatment. If the semen quality is poor, the sperm does not have the ability to naturally fertilize the egg. On the other hand, if the semen quality is good, the woman will need to have a tubal patency test. If the tubes are normal, they may consider artificial insemination; if the tubes are abnormal (or blocked), they may need IVF treatment.
Ovary removal, or oophorectomy, may be performed for a number of reasons to address medical issues. When only one ovary is removed, a woman is still able to become pregnant as her remaining ovary will continue to produce eggs and ovulate. If fertility issues exist, a woman with one ovary can receive treatment just like any other woman. Understanding the process of ovary removal and its impact on your fertility may make undergoing this procedure less stressful.
Endometriosis has the ability to substantially impact a woman’s fertility. Getting diagnosed early and following a personalized treatment plan allows women with endometriosis to have the families they’ve dreamed of.
Endometriosis is a serious health condition that affects millions of women in the United States. In normal bodies, uterine lining is only found within the uterus. In women with endometriosis, this lining can also be found in the abdominal cavity. This tissue can be found on the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes and can result in severe pain and scarring if left untreated. While there is no cure for endometriosis, early intervention is important, especially for women who want to have children.
Women with endometriosis often feel isolated and that no one understands their suffering. Other women may compare the situation with normal menstrual cramps, having no idea what you’re actually experiencing. Thankfully, there are ways to treat endometriosis and preserve your fertility.