Dealing with fertility problems is hard. About one in six couples are troubled with fertility issues, and it affects both men and women equally.
Simply put, a lot goes into the conception process. There's the egg, sperm, fallopian tubes, fertilization, the women's embryo, hormones, and not to mention each of those pieces needing to be in a healthy state. All but one of those parts could function properly and infertility could still be the result. We at Women's Care of Wisconsin are here for those times. We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility and will help you navigate this journey to make your dreams come true.
In having a conversation about fertility, here are some common questions regarding the process, treatments, and how we're here to help.
How long do you wait before speaking with a doctor about possible fertility issues?
Fertility can happen at many points within a lifetime, and infertility issues differ at each of those points as well. A general rule of thumb is if you are over or under the age of 35. Couples under the age of 35 statistically have better chances of conceiving, yet should look into additional options after a year of actively trying (actively trying means you are having intercourse around ovulatory times month by month). Patients over the age of 35 should intervene just after six months.
Can you explain the difference between IUI and IFV?
The big technical difference is where the fertilization of the egg and sperm takes place. During IUI, the doctor inserts the sperm directly into the uterus to fertilize. With IVF, the egg and sperm are manually combined in a laboratory dish and then transferred to the uterus. We can facilitate any IUI treatments by providing medication, tracking cycles, and stimulating the ovulation cycle while collecting and processing the sperm to be placed in the uterus in our own office. If you were to choose the IVF route, we would be the helping hand in that process of referring our best local clinics in the area to take care of you, then assisting once you choose your preferred facility.
When would you recommend IVF to a patient?
We recommend each individual go through the initial testing and treatment options, then work in a conversation about additional options following those. Usually, we would like to start an IVF discussion with a patient after 3-4 rounds of insemination. However, time frames will be individualized to each couple depending on a multitude of personal factors.
So, no matter if you're just starting to think of the conception process or you are months or years in, Women's Care of Wisconsin is here to provide education, diagnosis, and treatments, and be with you every step of the way. It's our goal to make your dreams of having a baby a reality.
To schedule your own personal consultation, call or text 920.729.7105 to set up an appointment with one of our three fertility specialists. Click on their names to learn more about each.
Dr. Allison Brubaker
Dr. Amanda Reed
Dr. Sara Swift