Karen Mass, MD, FACOG, Leslie Rubeck, CNM, and the team of skilled and compassionate experts at Women's Specialty Care SC, offer infertility evaluations. With two offices in Lake Forest and Grayslake, Illinois, they specialize in all facets of obstetrics and gynecology, including infertility, planning pregnancy, preconception care, and confirmation of pregnancy. Call the office to learn more about the services available or request an appointment online today.
Infertility can be traced to many sources. Hormonal imbalance, the body’s inability to produce enough viable eggs, prolapsed uterus, congenital disabilities in the uterus or other female organs, and decreased sperm count are just a few common causes of infertility.
The use of certain medications may also cause infertility. Conditions such as endometriosis may also increase the risk of infertility if it begins to get progressively worse.
Suppose couples have tried to conceive unsuccessfully for 12 months or longer. In that case, their gynecologist may suggest performing some tests to uncover the cause of infertility and possibly recommend ways to correct the problem.
Suppose the cause of infertility involves hormonal imbalances within the woman’s reproductive system. In that case, the team may suggest using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to help stimulate the production and release of healthy, mature eggs. HRT can also regulate other processes within the body, making it easier for the woman to carry the child to term.
HRT may only be an option for a select few, but when bringing the body’s hormone levels back into balance, it is often the recommended treatment of choice.
If the cause of infertility is endometriosis, controlling the condition with HRT may make it possible for a woman to conceive. Still, the team should closely monitor the situation to ensure everything goes smoothly.
Infertility can be remedied through the use of new forms of technology. In vitro fertilization, for example, allows for an egg to be fertilized outside of the womb and, once an embryo has been established, implanted back into the mother’s womb.
Other options include injecting the sperm directly into the egg while it is still in the mother’s body. This can be less disruptive for the fetus and will allow the sperm a greater chance of reaching its destination and producing a viable embryo.
In addition to offering infertility evaluations and care, Women's Specialty Care SC can also help with planning pregnancy, preconception care, confirmation of pregnancy with laboratory services, and ultrasound confirmation of pregnancy.
Call the office to learn more about the infertility services available, or request your infertility evaluation online today.