Capital Women's Care Division 67
OBGYNs located in Ballston, Arlington, VA
Infertility affects 10% of couples in the United States. The team at Capital Women’s Care offer a number of options to help increase your chances of getting pregnant. If you’re struggling to get pregnant and live in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia Metro area, call the Capital Women’s Care office or book an appointment online for a consultation today.
Infertility Q & A
What does infertility mean?
If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for a year, or six months if you’re over age 35, and have been unsuccessful, the physicians at Capital Women’s Care may diagnose you with infertility. Frequent miscarriages may also be a sign of infertility.
What causes infertility?
The most common reason women experience infertility is because of issues with ovulation, or the release of an egg, and often due to polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS.
PCOS causes hormonal imbalances, which affects the regular release of your eggs.
Other reasons women may experience infertility include:
- Uterine fibroids
- Blocked Fallopian tubes
- Issues with the uterus
How can I increase my chances of getting pregnant?
Tracking your ovulation may be one of the first steps you can take to increase your chances of getting pregnant. Start by counting the days of your menstrual cycle, which begins on the first day of your period and ends on the first day of your second period. Most women have a 28-day cycle.
Once you know your cycle days, subtract 14 from that total number to determine the day you ovulate. Plan to have intercourse every other day a few days before and after you ovulate. For example, if you have a 28-day cycle and ovulate on day 14, plan to have intercourse on days 10, 12, 16, and 18 of your menstrual cycle.
Ovulation kits help track your ovulation and are a useful tool if you’re having a difficult time determining your ovulation period. The team at Capital Women’s Care can also assist.
How is infertility treated?
If you’re struggling with infertility, the team at Capital Women’s Care offer an infertility workup, which consists of:
- Physical examination for you and your partner, including medical history
- Hormonal testing
- Semen analysis
- Tests to check your fallopian tubes and uterus
- Discussion of your sexual habits
What types of medicines can help improve fertility?
The team at Capital Women’s Care use Clomid® or metformin when necessary to improve fertility.
Clomid works by stimulating ovulation through the pituitary gland, which is a pea-sized gland found behind your nose that plays an important role in regulating your hormones.
Metformin is primarily used as a form of treatment for women with PCOS. Women with PCOS have high levels of male hormones, namely androgen, and metformin helps reduce the male hormone levels to increase ovulation.