Arizona Women's Health Partners
OB-GYNs located in Mesa, AZ
Infertility is a condition that makes it difficult or impossible for a couple to conceive on their own. Thomas Bickley, DO, and Eericca Bickley, DO, of Arizona Women’s Health Partners offer a variety of treatment options to help couples struggling with infertility to conceive a child. Patients in Mesa, AZ and serving Gilbert, AZ, should contact Arizona Women’s Health Partners to learn more about infertility treatment or to schedule an appointment.
What is infertility?
Infertility is the inability to conceive successfully after having unprotected intercourse for at least 12 months. Some women who are able to get pregnant but miscarry repeatedly may also be diagnosed with infertility.
What causes infertility?
Infertility can have many different causes. In some cases, the woman has a condition that prevents pregnancy. In others, the woman is healthy but her partner has a condition that makes conception difficult. Some couples have infertility because of a combination of factors, including:
- Male factor infertility, such as abnormal sperm or abnormal delivery of sperm
- Ovulation disorders
- Abnormalities in the cervix or uterus
- Blockage of the fallopian tubes
- Adhesions in the pelvis
- Ovarian insufficiency
- Genetic problems
How is infertility diagnosed?
Dr. Thomas or Dr. Eericca may diagnose infertility after a young, healthy couple has failed to conceive after trying for a year. They may also diagnose this condition if multiple miscarriages occur. In patients over age 35, the possibility of infertility should be explored after only six months of unsuccessful attempts at pregnancy. Women who are 40 or older should seek assistance as soon as they know they want to conceive.
To determine the cause of infertility, the doctor may recommend a range of tests, including:
- Semen analysis
- Blood tests
- Ovarian reserve testing
- Procedures to check for blockages in the fallopian tubes
How does Arizona Women’s Health Partners treat infertility?
A variety of treatments exist for couples struggling with infertility, including:
- Medications to induce ovulation
- Surgical procedures to deal with structural abnormalities
- Intrauterine insemination
- Donor eggs or sperm
- In vitro fertilization
- Lifestyle changes to improve the chances of conception
The treatment options recommended will depend on the cause of the couple’s infertility, as well as the couple’s preferences. Dr. Thomas or Dr. Eericca will explain all of the pros and cons of each option available so couples can make an informed decision.
How effective is infertility treatment?
Many couples struggling with infertility will be able to conceive with the help of fertility treatments. However, the success rate of each type of treatment varies. Dr. Thomas or Dr. Eericca can provide more information about success rates for specific treatment protocols.
*We accept the majority of health insurance plans. Please call our office if you do not see yours listed or have any other questions. Please note to check with your insurance or call the office to make certain that we are on your specific insurance plan as they are constantly changing.*