If you struggle with infertility, you’re not alone. About 10% of women ages 15-44 have a hard time getting or staying pregnant, but expert OB/GYN Brian A. Levitt, MD, and his team offer solutions for infertility at their practices in Snellville and Suwanee, Georgia. To find out how you can increase your chances of having a successful pregnancy, call or book an appointment online.
Infertility means you haven’t been able to get pregnant after trying for one year, or for six months if you’re a woman over age 35. In other cases, infertility may lead to repeated miscarriages in women who are able to get pregnant.
If you want to have a baby, infertility can cause frustration and negatively affect your quality of life. Fortunately, Dr. Levitt and his team offer fertility testing, counseling, and treatments to help you and your partner overcome this obstacle.
Infertility isn’t just a women’s health problem. Conception and pregnancy is a complex process involving several steps. A problem anywhere along the way can cause infertility. About a third of the time, infertility issues are due to the woman. Another third of cases involve infertility issues with the man. The rest of the time, infertility is either unexplained or the result of problems with both partners.
Certain women’s health conditions may be the root cause of infertility, such as:
Factors that may lead to male infertility include issues with the production or function of sperm.
First, Dr. Levitt or a member of his team perform a comprehensive physical and pelvic exam to rule out any underlying health conditions that may contribute to infertility. They may also ask you and your partner questions about your sexual and medical histories.
They may recommend testing the man’s semen or hormone levels to determine if infertility issues are related to him. To find out if a woman is ovulating, they may take a blood test or suggest an at-home ovulation test kit.
Infertility treatment depends on the cause but may include intrauterine insemination or ovulation induction. Intrauterine insemination, also called artificial insemination, involves injecting prepared sperm directly into the uterus near the time of ovulation.
In cases where the woman isn’t ovulating, Dr. Levitt may prescribe special medicines to induce ovulation. Many fertility drugs increase the chances of having twins or multiple births, creating a high-risk pregnancy.
Dr. Levitt spends as much time as you need answering questions about the risks and benefits of various fertility treatments so you and your partner can make the best decision for yourselves.
For compassionate care regarding fertility testing and treatment, call or book an appointment online.