Are you trying to get pregnant but haven’t had any luck so far?
If you’ve not become pregnant after one year of sexual intercourse without using birth control, it may be time to get a fertility test. For women 35 and older, that period of trying to get pregnant without success is just 6 months.
Common Causes of Infertility
Who bears responsibility for infertility? Recent findings indicate that problems becoming pregnant are fairly equitably split. One-third of the time, infertility is due to a man’s reproductive issues; one-third of the time, it’s due to a woman’s reproductive issues; and in the remaining one-third of cases, either a cause cannot be identified or infertility is the result of issues with both partners.
Issues that can cause a female fertility problem include:
- Hormone or ovulation disorders, including polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, and more
- Uterine fibroids or polyps that may be blocking the fallopian tubes or preventing an egg from implanting in the uterus
- Scarring in the fallopian tubes due to pelvic inflammatory disease or other conditions
- Early menopause
- Cancer, radiation, and chemotherapy
After the cause of your infertility is identified, your Women’s HealthFirst OB-GYN specialist will discuss your treatment options or possible next steps. In addition, there are numerous therapies we can provide to increase a couple’s chances of becoming pregnant – including hormone and/or fertility medications, as well as surgery (to treat endometriosis, for example).
What to Expect at a Fertility Evaluation
Your Women’s HealthFirst provider will begin the fertility evaluation with a thorough review of your medical and sexual history, including a discussion of:
- Your menstrual cycle
- Previous sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Any irregular vaginal discharge or bleeding, pelvic pain, or other symptoms
- Use of tobacco, alcohol, and/or drugs
- Previous birth control methods used
- How often you have sex and whether lubricant is used
A pelvic exam will almost always be conducted, as well, to look for any signs of abnormalities.
Depending on the findings of the exam, your provider may recommend other tests, such as blood and urine tests, a semen analysis (sperm count) for your partner, gynecological ultrasound, hysteroscopy, or other procedures.
Fertility Test FAQs
Schedule a Fertility Evaluation in Buffalo Grove, Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Barrington or Bartlett, IL
Schedule a fertility evaluation by calling Women’s HealthFirst at (847) 808-8884 or simply request an appointment now. We have five offices located throughout northwest suburban Chicago to better serve you. Established Women’s HealthFirst patients are encouraged to use the patient portal to request an appointment, message your care team, and more.