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Common Causes of Infertility

Starting a family is an important time in any couple’s life, and when you want a baby, the sooner the better. It’s normal to take a few months of trying to actually get pregnant. However, if it’s been a year and you still haven’t conceived, you may be dealing with infertility.

Running into roadblocks while trying to expand your family is frustrating and heartbreaking. John Paul Roberts is an excellent OB/GYN who understands your frustrations. He and the rest of our team can help you navigate the difficult road of infertility and point you toward the appropriate treatments.

Diagnosing infertility

Trouble conceiving a baby is stressful and emotionally draining, but trying month after month without success probably isn’t just bad luck. You might be dealing with something a little more complex. 

There are guidelines for when to get a fertility evaluation. If you and your partner have been trying to get pregnant for over a year, Dr. Roberts recommends coming in for a fertility assessment. The same goes if you’re a woman over age 35 who’s been trying for at least six months without success. 

Once you’ve decided to get help on your journey to parenthood, you and your partner will have some testing  and examinations done in the office to see if there is an obvious problem that’s keeping you from becoming pregnant.

This testing and exams may include:

Dr. Roberts may recommend some or all of these to verify if a problem exists. If there’s something abnormal, he’ll recommend treatments to address the issue.

What causes infertility?

Difficulty conceiving a baby can be caused by a number of different issues in both the male and the female body. One of the most easily diagnosed problems is sperm quality or a low sperm count. This is diagnosed through a semen analysis. 

Other male problems that may contribute to trouble conceiving include:

Some of these problems can be fixed rather easily with lifestyle changes. However, if the problem is a little more complex, Dr. Roberts gives you the best treatment options to help you overcome infertility.

Women can also have a variety of problems that lead to an infertility diagnosis. Due to the fact that all the reproductive organs are inside of the body, it can be a little more difficult to figure out what’s going on in a woman. 

Some of the causes of female infertility include:

Just like men, women’s fertility can also be affected by environmental factors such as drugs, alcohol, and tobacco use. Over exercising can also lead to problems with ovulation and fertility. Dr. Roberts can help steer you in the right direction as far as a healthy lifestyle while you’re trying to conceive.

Infertility treatments 

If you’ve been diagnosed with infertility, don’t lose hope. There are so many options for treatment, no matter what your diagnosis turns out to be. Whether it’s lifestyle changes or medical options, Dr. Roberts does his best to help you realize the dream of becoming a parent.

After confirming infertility, Dr. Roberts can go over the options with you and your partner. There are many things for you to consider about fertility treatments, which we discuss with you at your appointment.

Some of the treatment options that may be recommended include:

As with any treatments, some of these options come with side effects. It’s important to talk about all of your hopes and concerns with Dr. Roberts before starting any treatment.

Don’t waste another minute worrying if you’ll be able to conceive a baby. Call our office in Plano, Texas, today at 972-591-8826 or book an appointment online.

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