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Top 10 Things Women Should Know about Infertility


a blog by Beth Hartog, M.D., Damien Fertility Partners, March 30, 2011

Hi to everyone out there who is struggling with infertility! I recently did a series of radio talk shows on 94.3 The Point with Lou from Lou and Liz In The Morning to help guide The Point’s listeners through the maze of information available regarding infertility. We did an eight- part series to help educate The Point’s listeners about infertility issues and the fertility treatment options available to them. I believe the information we discuss during our shows is important for everyone to know, so I’m including it in my blogs as well.

During our first show, we discussed the causes of infertility when the issue is related to the woman. We talked in some detail about this, and I want to summarize the key points in our discussion.

Top 10 Things to Know about infertility on the Woman’s Side:

  1. Issues with ovulation (making a mature egg) are probably the most common problem.
  2. Thyroid disease (under- or over-active thyroid) can interfere with ovulation. Treating the thyroid treats the fertility problem.
  3. Imbalance of hormones called androgens (hormones typically seen in men) can interfere with ovulation and can be corrected.
  4. Too much hormone called prolactin can interfere with ovulation, and we can treat that issue with a simple medication.
  5. Aging interferes with ovulation. The treatment may not be simple, but we surely can help with this situation.
  6. Fallopian tube problems are probably the second most common problem.
  7. Scarring from prior surgery, prior infection or endometriosis can block your fallopian tubes.
  8. Hysterosalpingogram is a test that will tell us if your tubes are blocked.
  9. Blocked tubes can be repaired surgically, or treatment not requiring the tubes to function — in vitro fertilization (IVF) — can help you achieve pregnancy with great success.
  10. It’s not all about the woman’s issues. Infertility is a couples issue.

There’s hope for every situation, and it’s never too soon to ask questions.

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