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Information and Resources: Infertility and Reproductive Issues

Our fertility specialists at the UCH Advanced Reproductive Medicine center provide treatment and therapies for the most – and the least – common conditions that can lead to infertility.

Services and Information

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

  • Assisted Hatching
  • Anesthesia for Your IVF Procedure
  • Donor Oocyte Program Recipient Information
  • Frozen Embryo Transfers/Embryo Cryopreservation
  • Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
  • Luteal Phase Lupron Protocol
  • Microdose Lupron Flare Protocol
  • Potential IVF Risks
  • Pregnancy Test Results
  • Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis
  • Side Effects of Gonadotropins

Additional Infertility Topics

  • Basal Body Temperature Patient Instructions
  • Bleeding in Pregnancy
  • Clomiphene Citrate Challenge Test
  • Clomiphene Follicular Monitoring Information
  • Donor Sperm Ordering Information
  • Endometrial Biopsy Patient Instructions
  • Endometriosis Patient Information
  • Fluid Contrast Ultrasound (FCUS)
  • Folic Acid May Help Prevent Some Birth Defects
  • Hepatitis Virus and Reproduction
  • Human Menopausal Gonadotropins(HMG)
  • Hysterosalpingogram (HSG)
  • Human Menopausal Gonadotropins, the Injectable Fertility Drugs
  • In Office Surgical Procedure
  • Instructions for Semen Collection
  • Laparoscopy
  • Polycystic Ovary Disease (PCOS)
  • Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Recurrent Miscarriage
  • Rubella and Pregnancy
  • Same Day Surgery, Hysteroscopy Laparoscopy Discharge Instructions
  • Semen Analysis, Antisperm Antibody Testing, Sperm Prep for Insemination, Sperm Banking
  • Therapeutic Donor Insemination
  • Therapeutic Donor Insemination Ordering
  • Therapeutic Donor Insemination for Women without a Male Partner
  • Unexplained Infertility Patient Information
  • Use of Ultrasound in Reproductive Medicine

Menopause

  • Breast Cancer and HRT Use
  • Menopause General Information
  • Osteoporosis Information
  • Screening and Diagnosis of Bone Health in Postmenopausal Women: Prevention

Tests and Treatments

Tests

Your caregiver will take a health history from you. This includes past pregnancies, length of infertility, and sexual history. Caregivers will also ask questions about your past and current medical history and your lifestyle. You may have one or more of the following tests:

  • Blood and urine tests
  • Hysteroscopy
  • Imaging tests:
    • Hysterosalpingography: This test, also called HSG, uses x-rays to take pictures of the inside of the uterus and fallopian tubes.
    • Magnetic resonance imaging test
    • Ultrasound
  • Laparoscopy: This is a surgery to look inside your abdomen (also called minimally invasive surgery).
  • Pelvic exam: This is also called an internal or vaginal exam.

 

Treatments for Infertility

Treatment depends on the cause of infertility. With appropriate treatment, you should have a greater chance of getting pregnant. You may need one or more of the following:

  • Fertility medicines: These medicines treat ovulation problems by making you ovulate or controlling ovulation.
  • Surgery: You may have surgery to check the cause of infertility. During surgery, endometrial tissues that are growing in inappropriate places may be removed. Your doctor may also repair blockages or other problems in your fallopian tubes.
  • Assisted reproductive technology (ART): This is usually done when all other treatments have failed. Treatments options include:
    • Intrauterine Insemination
    • In vitro fertilization
    • Blastocyst Embryo Culture
    • Gamete Intra-Fallopian Transfer (GIFT)
    • Assisted hatching
    • Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
    • Donor embryos
    • Donor sperm insemination
    • Preimplantation genetic diagnosis

Living With Infertility

Infertility can be a life-changing condition for you and your family. Accepting that you have infertility may be hard. You and those close to you may feel scared, angry, or sad. These feelings are normal. Talk to your caregivers, family, or friends about your feelings. You may also want to join a support group. This is a group of people who also have fertility problems. Contact the following for more information:

Support Groups

American Society for Reproductive Medicine 

International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination 

RESOLVE The National Infertility Association