If you and your partner have begun planning to expand your family you may be concerned that you're so far not getting the results you hoped for. But struggles with fertility are more common than you may realize, and it's not uncommon to seek professional help. Infertility treatment can take many forms, and if you would like to learn more you can reach out to your local fertility expert in Brownsville and Harlingen, TX, Dr. J. Gabriel Guajardo.
Infertility is not caused by only one thing, there are many factors that can play a role and so infertility treatment varied accordingly.
Some of the most common factors that can affect fertility and that your doctor will consider include age, past pregnancies if any, length of time you've dealt with infertility issues, as well as any underlying health concerns of both partners.
The first step before treatment is an evaluation that takes into account any pertinent factors to determine the best course of treatment.
Medication treatment, in many cases, is meant to stimulate ovulation if that is determined to be a contributing factor. The way these medications work is by promoting the production of hormones that cause eggs to mature in the ovaries.
Reducing the amount of estrogen can also stimulate the ovaries to release the eggs.
Hormones can also be injected directly to stimulate the eggs to grow.
If the underlying issue is not related to ovulation directly and is instead caused by damage to fallopian tubes or other related problems then your doctor may suggest in vitro fertilization (IVF) as an option. With this method, an egg is fertilized outside the body and once fertilized it is placed inside the uterus. IVF is typically recommended when other treatments have not proven successful or if your doctor thinks it's your best option.
To become better informed about infertility treatments and to explore your options you can schedule a consultation in Brownsville and Harlingen, TX, with Dr. Guajardo by dialing (956) 350-4821.