If you have been trying to conceive a child for up to a year, you may have considered seeing an infertility expert. Reproductive Endocrinologists specialize in treating infertility as well as the organs and hormones related to reproduction. There are a number of different treatment options and techniques and success of those vary per option and per center/doctor providing the treatment. Each person or couple may choose their physician and fertility center for a number of different reasons. Success rates, bedside manner, costs, board certification, and reputation are all things to consider. Russell A. Foulk, MD of Utah Fertility Center recommends patients ask their potential physician these three questions. He/she should be able to answer each of the questions below. Utah Fertility Center conducts monthly free seminars to provide information and education about infertility. Our seminars provide insight into Utah Fertility Center’s methodology, and helps to establishes comfort, confidence and trust.
1. Why am I not getting pregnant?
An accurate diagnosis of underlying infertility issues is essential to successful treatment and conception. Consultation appointments generally include gathering a complete medical history. Testing for both male and female partners is typically done to determine fertility issues and problems. Male testing usually involves a semen analysis, while female testing generally consists of a blood test and a pelvic ultrasound examination. Your physician should be able to tell you why you have not conceived.
Dr. Foulk2. What comprehensive treatments and procedures are available?
There are a great number of different infertility treatments and procedures available today. While the actual treatment best suited to your requirements will depend on your diagnosis. Your physician should explain treatment options and the chances of success with each available option. This can be important if you have a particular treatment you would like to try, but it is important to discuss whether it is the most appropriate.
3. What is the expected outcome?
80% of couples will have definitive reasons to explain why they have been unable to conceive once test results are reviewed. 20% will have unexplained infertility. Unexplained infertility is successfully treated using algorithms that overcome causes that are difficult to diagnose. Once a treatment has been decided upon, setting proper expectations for that treatment is important to understand. Time is a factor when it comes to fertility success and more than one round of treatment may be necessary. Having a plan with your physician, setting steps and reviewing results and conclusions with your physician will reduce some of the frustrations infertility can cause. Remember that virtually all causes of infertility can be overcome and you get to determine which of the treatment options is the right fit for you.
If you are over 35 years old and have been unable to conceive after six months of trying, it may be advisable to speak to an infertility doctor sooner. They will be able to assist you in determining the underlying cause provide advice or guidance.
If you are interested in seeing one of our physicians at Utah Fertility Center, (Pleasant Grove, Murray, St. George) give us a call to set up your consultation appointment at 801-785-5100.