Prescott Women's Clinic
OBGYNs located in Prescott, AZ & Prescott Valley, AZ
If you’ve been trying to conceive for six months to a year, but are having a difficult time getting pregnant or staying pregnant, you may be experiencing infertility. The team of advanced practitioners and board-certified OB/GYNs at Prescott Women’s Clinic provides diagnostic tests to pinpoint the source of infertility to help you have the family you’ve always wanted. Call the office in Prescott and Prescott Valley, Arizona, or schedule a consultation online.
Infertility Q & A
How common is infertility?
Infertility is more common than you might expect. Roughly 1 in 8 couples in the United States find it hard to become or remain pregnant.
In cases of infertility, about one-third of cases are due to an issue with the woman and one-third of them are because of the man. The remaining third is either due to a combination of problems from both partners or is unknown.
Getting pregnant doesn’t happen right away even for couples with no fertility issues. A couple between the ages of 29 and 33 with a normal reproductive system still has just a 20-25% chance of conceiving in any given month.
What causes infertility?
Infertility may be due to a range of issues. Age is one important factor because a woman's fertility declines with age.
Other causes of infertility include:
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Lack of ovulation
- Irregular ovulation
- Blocked fallopian tubes
- Problems with the thyroid or pituitary gland
Male infertility often is due to problems in the testes, which affects the number of sperm produced or how the sperm function.
How is infertility diagnosed?
An infertility workup from your practitioner at Prescott Women's Clinic evaluates your health and that of your partner to discover the source of infertility. The goal of the evaluation is to diagnose the reason you're not conceiving.
Men and women undergo different tests. If you’re a woman, you may have your progesterone and prolactin levels checked and have a thyroid function test. Your ovarian reserve, which is the number of eggs you have available, is also assessed.
Men are asked to provide a semen sample to test the number of sperm along with their shape and movement. This helps determine if there are enough active, healthy sperm to fertilize an egg.
How is infertility treated?
Your Prescott Women's Clinic practitioner recommends a treatment plan based on your personal situation. Your plan is tailored to your age and your partner’s age, the amount of time you’ve been trying to get pregnant, and the underlying reason or reasons for infertility. In some cases, your practitioner refers you to a specialist for advanced treatment.
If you’ve been trying unsuccessfully to start a family for six months to a year, isn't it time to get the answers you deserve? Call Prescott Women's Clinic today or book a consultation online.
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