Our doctors have decades of combined experience and expertise in the field of women’s health and fertility assistance. We understand your frustration, sadness, and heartache over your efforts to conceive, and we want you to know that there is hope for your situation. Thanks to constant medical breakthroughs, that hope grows larger every day.
Our priorities are twofold. The first is to treat every woman that walks into our clinic with the same counsel, focused care, and individual attention that we would treat a beloved member of our own family.
The second priority, equally important to us, is to make sure that we are constantly abreast of the most up-to-the-minute technology and knowledge in all facets of women’s health. This includes reproductive assistance. Our technology is equally cutting edge, allowing us to correct many previously irreparable infertility issues.
What Causes Infertility?
Sometimes the causes are unknown, but the more common ones are:
- Ovulation problems
- Blocked fallopian tubes
- Inferior egg quality
- Hormonal problems
- Past infections
- Uterine fibroids
- Ovarian issues such as cysts (polycystic ovary syndrome)
- Past miscarriages
- Irregular periods
- Low or ineffective male sperm.
If My Cause is Unknown, Can Cherokee Women’s Reproductive Assistance Specialists Still Help Me?
Yes. Even though your tests may come back completely normal, we can still help you. Though every reproductive system functions the same way, there are also differences. Just as you have a unique fingerprint, your body may have variations that can affect the process of fertilization. Simple lifestyle factors can affect your ability to conceive, and these can be as simple as:
- Caffeine consumption
- Overweight or underweight
- Medication, either prescribed or social drug use
- Lack of exercise or excessive exercise
- Alcohol intake
Our staff of reproductive assistance experts is persistent in finding the reason for your infertility, and once we do, we will recommended different modifications to help you through your dilemma.
What Can You Do For Me?
Not only do we offer the most in-depth testing to pinpoint your specific reason for infertility, our diet and nutrition experts can help adjust or change your diet, and recommend vitamins and supplements to help with any deficiencies that might be contributing to your difficulties with conception.
If you are suffering from any weakness in your pelvic area that might be preventing you from carrying a baby full term, our doctors can customize an exercise regimen to strengthen those frailties.
Our OB/GYNs and FPMRS surgeons (Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery) hold the highest certifications and are qualified to perform the surgeries necessary to correct any physical impairment or disorder that may be interfering with your successful reproduction, including:
- Laparoscopic surgery to correct ovarian disorders and restore ovulation.
- Tubal cannulation, salpingectomy, salpingectomy, or fimbrioplasty to eliminate scar tissue or remove or rebuild damaged sections of blocked fallopian tubes
- Tubal reanastomosis to reverse tubal ligation
- Myomectomy to remove uterine fibroids
- Laparotomy to remove larger fibroids.
What if I Still Can’t Get Pregnant?
There are still reproductive assistance options available. Once we’ve looked at and corrected any possible physical, nutritional or lifestyle detriments that may be hampering your ability to conceive, there are still alternatives available. These include:
- Fertility medications and hormonal therapy to boost ovulation and egg production.
- Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer (GIFT): Eggs and sperm are extracted, mixed and placed in the fallopian tubes to fertilize.
- Zygote Intrafallopian Transfer (ZIFT): An option in cases of low sperm count, or where at least one fallopian tube is unscarred. A scientifically fertilized embryo is injected into the healthy tube.
- Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI): A healthy sperm is injected directly into your egg.
- Artificial or Intrauterine insemination: ‘Washed’ sperm is introduced into the uterus, bypassing any sluggish sperm issues or hostile environment, such as thick or acidic mucous preventing the sperm from reaching the egg to make conception possible.
- In vitro fertilization (IVF): A common approach today in cases where age, internal pelvic scarring, or low sperm count contribute to infertility. A lab developed embryo grown from egg and sperm is implanted into the uterus. Donor eggs from volunteers or previous IVF patients who no longer wish to have more children can be used if your partner’s sperm or your eggs are compromised and cannot achieve conception.
There are almost as many solutions as there are reasons for infertility, and our women’s health specialists are here to help you with your situation. To make an appointment for fertility assistance, please call us at 770.720.7733 or request an appointment online.