Gynecologic Health — Infertility

Infertility is defined as the lack of conception after 12 months of regular intercourse without contraception in a woman younger than 35 years old, or after 6 months in a woman older than 35.

The most common causes of infertility are male factors, ovulatory dysfunction, and mechanical factors (like tubal damage). A significant percentage of infertility is unexplained (where no cause is found). Infertility can be an extremely stressful condition.

At Women's Health Consultants, the recommended workup usually involves a history and physical exam, blood work, an assessment of the uterus and fallopian tubes, and a semen analysis. Reversible causes of infertility can then be treated. In more complicated cases, patients are referred to a reproductive endocrinologist, who is a fellowship-trained specialist in infertility.