Fertility

Issues with Conception? Our Infertility Doctors in Northern Colorado Can Help

The Women’s Clinic of Northern Colorado is the longest continuous obstetrics practice in Northern Colorado. Besides OBGYN and gynecology services, our women’s healthcare specialists also provide fertility testing for Fort Collins and Loveland couples having difficulty becoming pregnant. If you and your partner have been trying to conceive for six months or longer without birth control to no avail, it may be time to consult our experienced infertility doctors. Our clinics offer tests for ovulation, infertility evaluations. If you’re having issues with conception, reach out and request an appointment today.

What to Expect During Your Clinical Infertility Evaluation

When you come in for an infertility evaluation at one of our clinics, we’ll likely begin by asking you questions about your medical history and any medicines you take. More in-depth questions may include how often you and your partner have sex, your history of birth control use, whether you have any sexually transmitted diseases, and whether you smoke, drink, or use any illicit drugs. Sometimes even regular caffeine consumption can affect your chances of conception. We’ll also ask about your period’s regularity and if you’ve had any issues with blood clotting, missed periods, or pregnancy miscarriages in the past. We understand these questions may be awkward to answer, but please be as honest and forthcoming as you can with our infertility doctors. It will help us with testing and treatment.

What Does Fertility Testing for Women Typically Involve?

Fertility testing for women usually begins with a Pap smear. This test will determine if you have any sexually transmitted diseases, cervical cancer, or other issues with the cervix which may prevent you from getting pregnant. We may order a blood test to check your hormone levels to see if you’re ovulating correctly or use an ultrasound to examine your vagina, uterus, and pelvic organs more in-depth. We’ll also likely discuss tests for ovulation. These are usually at-home, over-the-counter kits to help you determine which days of the month you’re ovulating by detecting when progesterone is present in the blood. Knowing which days you’re ovulating is valuable because those are the days when medical experts believe that you’re the most fertile. While it’s not a guarantee, calculating ovulation can significantly increase your chances of getting pregnant.

What Treatments Are Available at a Fertility Treatment Center?

Recommended fertility treatments will vary depending on your age, how long you’ve been infertile, and many other factors. Some women benefit from the combination of various treatments. Fertility drugs may help you regulate or even stimulate ovulation if that is the reason for your infertility. Some women seek assisted reproductive technology to help fertilize their eggs with a man’s sperm using either intrauterine insemination or in vitro fertilization techniques. We will refer to infertility specialists for these procedures.  During intrauterine insemination (IUI), sperm are placed inside your uterus at the time of ovulation in the hopes that one or more eggs will be fertilized. During in vitro fertilization, your eggs are extracted and combined with a sperm sample in a lab dish. Once fertilization is complete, the embryo(s) is then put inside your uterus.

Coping with Infertility – Be Sure to Seek a Support Network

Coping with infertility issues can be physically and emotionally draining. Be sure to surround yourself with an extensive support network of friends, family, and professionals. Our providers are always here to discuss issues as they arise and make recommendations for the best fertility treatments. We answer questions to make the process easier to understand and help reduce any anxiety you may be feeling. It’s also important to maintain a healthy diet and get plenty of rest and exercise. If conception doesn’t occur when you desire, it’s essential to discuss your alternatives, which may include adoption or a donor. We also provide genetic counseling services to examine your risks for passing on certain genetic disorders to your children. It’s all part of our complete focus on your health and that of your family.

Our Women’s Clinics Are Open for Screenings & Appointments

The Women’s Clinic of Northern Colorado is a women’s health group focused on all aspects of women’s healthcare. From gynecology and obstetrics to mammograms, contraception, and fertility testing, we support women of all ages with varying healthcare needs. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment with our women’s healthcare specialists. You’re in good hands with our capable team!