At Utah Fertility Center, we understand how personal your fertility journey is and are ready to offer you the care you deserve when seeking to expand your family. We can provide you with expert care delivered with compassion, dignity and joy. We work with your unique needs while offering some of the best treatment options around within a reasonable level of cost.
When to Seek Help
If you are having unprotected sex for at least a year and still aren’t able to become pregnant, it may be time to enlist the help of a fertility specialist. If you are a woman over 35, have irregular or no menstrual periods, you may want to seek solutions from our fertility specialists within 6 months of trying to conceive. If you consistently experience painful periods, have been treated for cancer, have had multiple miscarriages, our fertility specialists can offer solutions that can change your life.
When it comes to women’s fertility issues, factors may include ovulation disorders, tubal issues, unbalanced hormones or thyroid problems, and hyperprolactinemia (for breastfeeding mothers that have too much of the hormone that triggers milk production). You may also have problems if you have abnormalities in your reproductive system, a polyp or fibroid in the uterus, scarring from endometriosis or prior surgeries can also make getting pregnant difficult. For some, early menopause may be the culprit and weight, both over or underweight can interfere with your attempts to conceive.
If you are a man with a family history of infertility problems, have been treated for cancer or diagnosed with a low sperm count – seeing a reproductive specialist may be your best answer. Other male fertility issues can include sexual problems like prostate or testicular issues, having HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, or an injury to your reproductive organs. Even health problems such as diabetes or cystic fibrosis can bring complications to your conception efforts.
About twenty percent of the time, unexplained infertility is the diagnosis. Because we are not able to see every step of natural conception, some aspects cannot be evaluated. There are however, treatment protocols that address some of these unseen but assumed potential issues and these treatments are very effective even if the exact cause is unknown.
What You Can Do
Even your environment plays a role! For men, constant exposure to environmental toxins like pesticides, radiation, or harsh chemicals, can affect sperm quantity and quality. Lifestyle habits like alcohol, cigarette or marijuana use may need to be limited or eliminated. Medications such as antibiotics, antihypertensives or anabolic steroids have also been found to lower fertility. Taking testosterone can drastically affect sperm production. Routine hot tub use or saunas can lower your sperm production and motility.
There are risk factors that apply to both male and female fertility equally, such as aging, your smoking or drinking habits, being overweight or conversely, underweight – because of eating disorders. Fertility can be enhanced by avoiding recreational drug use, maintaining a healthy weight through a balanced diet and moderate exercise.
Regular intercourse around the time a woman is ovulating (five days before and a day after ovulation) is a good practice to implement when you are trying for pregnancy and focus on sexual intercourse every other day. Women should take folic acid and avoid scented tampons, vaginal sprays, douching or lubricants. Men should strive to get enough sleep and avoid excess caffeine or taking testosterone supplements.
While there are many reasons a couple may experience infertility, there are treatments available to help you overcome them. In the majority of cases, pregnancy can be achieved with a number of timed intercourse or intrauterine insemination cycles. For those needing more complex treatment, our IVF lab is among the top in the nation equipped with the latest technology and our reproductive endocrinologists have an encouraging success rate. If you need help on your reproductive journey, please reach out to our Utah Fertility Center at 801-785-5100.