Understanding the Causes

Infertility Conditions

Infertility is common, affecting approximately one in ten women of reproductive age and that number is increasing. Determining the cause of infertility is the first step in conceiving. Luckily, every day more women are seeking care due to increased awareness and new, highly successful infertility treatments. Whether it’s male or female infertility, RCC understands the common causes of infertility and ultimately how to treat it.

Common Causes of Infertility

Ovulatory Disorders

Endometriosis

Male Infertility

Other Causes

35 years old +

Fallopian Tube Issues

Uterine Abnormalities

PCOS

Miscarriage

Unexplained Infertility

Fertility Tests

These tests are used to identify potential causes of infertility

Clomid Challenge Test (CCCT)

This test helps to measure the egg quality (ovarian reserve) and helps to predict the response to fertility drugs (FSH).

Endometrial Biopsy

Once routinely used to assess the development of the lining of the uterus (endometrium). Blood tests have largely replaced this test.

Genetic Testing

Many inheritable diseases can be identified in embryo using genetic testing so affected embryos are not transferred to the uterus.

Hormone Evaluation

Levels of FSH, LH, and estrogen are measured on day three of the menstrual cycle. Levels of other hormones are often tested.

Hysterosalpingogram (HSG)

The HSG verifies that the fallopian tubes are open and that the uterus is normal.

Hysteroscopy

This tests helps the fertility specialist examine the inside of the uterus to identify polyps and fibroids.

Laparoscopy

Laparoscopy is used to diagnose and treat conditions including endometriosis or damaged fallopian tubes.

Documenting Ovulation

Ovulation is monitored and documented using home urinary LH test kits, ultrasound, and testing to determine progesterone hormone levels.

Saline Sonogram

A three dimensional ultrasound of the uterus is used to identify polyps and fibroids.

Semen Analysis

This test helps determine if there are enough quality sperm present to achieve fertilization.

Ultrasound

Vaginal probe ultrasound is used to monitor follicular development, measure endometrial thickness, and to document pregnancy.

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