Infertility Specialist

Bella Women's Care

Obstetricians & Gynecologists located in Phoenix, AZ & Mesa, AZ

After one year of trying to get pregnant, about 12-15% of couples still haven’t conceived. At that point, they should schedule an infertility evaluation. The OB/GYN specialists at Bella Women’s Care understand how stressful it is for couples struggling to get pregnant. They’ve helped many women overcome infertility, have a successful pregnancy, and deliver a healthy baby. To receive a thorough infertility evaluation, call one of the offices in Phoenix or Mesa, Arizona, or book an appointment online.

Infertility

When should I schedule an infertility evaluation?

You can only get pregnant while an egg is in your fallopian tube, which happens for about 24 hours after you ovulate. Since you have such a short window of time, it’s normal to take up to a year to get pregnant. However, you should schedule an infertility evaluation with a Bella Women's Care provider when you meet these criteria:

  • Women under the age of 35 who aren’t pregnant after one year of regular, unprotected intercourse
  • Women aged 35-40 who aren’t pregnant after six months of regular, unprotected intercourse
  • Women over the age of 40 who have decided to get pregnant
  • Women of any age who have irregular menstrual periods or a health condition known to affect fertility

Women over the age of 40 can increase their chance of becoming pregnant and having a healthy pregnancy by getting an evaluation as soon as they decide to have a baby.

Why is age an important factor in infertility?

Fertility decreases in men and women as they get older, but it’s a critical consideration for women. Women are most fertile through their early 30s, but then the number and quality of their eggs rapidly decline. Their fertility quickly drops after the age of 37. By the time women reach 40 years of age, their chance of getting pregnant is less than 10% per menstrual cycle.

What causes infertility?

In one-third of infertile couples, the problem is a male factor, and in another one-third of all infertile couples, the problem is found with the woman. The remaining one-third are infertile due to both male and female problems or the underlying cause can’t be identified.

The three most common causes of female infertility include:

  • Ovulation problems, often due to polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Fallopian tube problems, such as scarring and infection
  • Endometriosis, which accounts for infertility in 5-10% of couples

Less frequently, conditions like pelvic inflammatory disease and uterine fibroids may lead to infertility. Your Bella Women's Care provider can help narrow down the cause and create treatment solutions.

How is infertility treated?

During your infertility evaluation, you’ll undergo a variety of tests. If an underlying cause is identified, your provider at Bella Women’s Care develops a customized treatment plan to deal with the problem. A few infertility treatment options include medications that trigger ovulation or minimally invasive surgery to treat conditions like fibroids and endometriosis.

When conservative treatment doesn’t help, you may be a good candidate for assisted reproductive technology, such as intrauterine insemination and in vitro fertilization.

To schedule an infertility evaluation, use the online booking feature or call Bella Women’s Care.