If you are trying to start a family and it’s not happening as quickly as you expected, the specialists at Rose Gynecology can help. We offer initial infertility counseling to women and couples who want to start a family, but are experiencing difficulties. If you are struggling with infertility or suspected infertility, our caring staff can provide evaluation, support, and hope.
When should I seek infertility counseling?
If you are under 35 and you have been trying to get pregnant for more than one year, it may be time to seek help. If you are older than 35 and have not become pregnant after six months of regular intercourse, initial infertility counseling may be the right choice for you. Women with irregular menstrual cycles can also benefit from infertility counseling, regardless of how long you have been trying to conceive.
What can I expect during my first visit?
During your first visit, we will conduct a detailed medical evaluation and gynecological exam. Dr. Rose will ask questions about your menstrual cycle, sexual history, past pregnancies, current medications, and lifestyle choices. Tell your doctor if you have experienced abnormal bleeding, pelvic pain, or other gynecological symptoms.
We realize that this information is highly personal. Our staff strives to create a comfortable environment where women and couples can openly share their struggles. At the initial exam, we may uncover an obvious issue such as improperly timed intercourse or absence of ovulation. In other cases, additional testing may be required.
How is infertility diagnosed?
A variety of laboratory tests, imaging tests, and medical procedures can be used to diagnose infertility. For a man, testing often starts with a semen analysis. For women, we typically start by monitoring ovulation. We will ask you to keep a menstrual diary and track the results for two or three menstrual cycles. This information will tell us if ovulation has occurred.
Dr. Rose may also recommend testing your urine, thyroid, and hormone levels. Imaging procedures can include an ultrasound exam, hysteroscopy, laparoscopy, and other advanced diagnostic techniques. You may not need all of these tests and procedures. Many tests are conducted based on the results of previous testing.
What are my treatment options?
The recommended treatment will depend on your test results. Infertility can often be treated with medication that causes or improves ovulation. If necessary, we can refer you to an infertility specialist in the area. There are many sophisticated infertility treatments available, including in-vitro fertilization, intrauterine insemination, and donor egg programs. To determine if initial infertility counseling is right for you, request an appointment online or call our office at 513-321-7673 to schedule a thorough evaluation.