Last updated 5 days ago
If you’re dealing with fertility issues, it’s normal to feel isolated. However, you’re not alone. There are so many different things that can interfere with the ability to conceive that infertility is more common than you may think. By understanding the most common barriers to pregnancy, you can begin to make a plan for tackling them. Here is a look at the common issues that are most often behind problems with fertility.
A number of different things can interfere with sperms’ ability to fertilize an egg. In some women, cervical mucous is so thick that healthy sperm have a difficult time passing through. In other cases, there can be a problem with the sperm itself. Low sperm counts and immunity issues can make conception challenging, as can poor sperm motility.
Female Reproductive System Problems
Structural problems within the reproductive system, as well hormonal disruptions to the menstrual cycle, can hinder conception. A blockage in the fallopian tubes can prevent eggs from reaching the uterus. In some cases, the fallopian tubes may be completely blocked, thanks to past infections or ectopic pregnancies. In other cases, scar tissue around the ovaries and fallopian tubes can cause partial blockages. Problems with ovulation, which can be caused by low hormone levels, can also cause fertility issues. These low hormone levels and ovulation problems are often age-related. In fact, age is one of the biggest factors when it comes to fertility.
With endometriosis, uterine tissue grows outside of the uterus. The tissue often accumulates around the pelvic region. The resulting inflammation makes it difficult for a pregnancy to occur.
Fertility specialists refer to less common fertility issues as unusual factors. These can include underlying health problems that impact fertility, uterine fibroids, weight issues, and even scheduling problems between partners.
If you’re struggling to conceive, Northwest Fertility Center can help. Our fertility clinic in Portland offers a range of treatments, including IVF and ICSI. Take the first step to overcoming your fertility issues today by calling (503) 505-9463.
Last updated 10 days ago
Women over the age of 35 who want to become pregnant can face fertility challenges. This video explains how age diminishes the success rate of pregnancy.
Fertility specialists often work with women ages 35 and older because of changes to their reproductive abilities. Once a woman reaches age 35, her chances of conceiving a child drop rapidly with each subsequent year. By the time she turns 40 years old, her ability to conceive each month hovers around 20 percent. That percentage continues to fall as time progresses. However, fertility clinics can maximize the chances of conception and pregnancy with in vitro fertilization and other fertility treatment options.
Northwest Fertility Center offers comprehensive fertility treatment services for individuals in the greater Portland area. Call (503) 505-9463 today to learn more about how our fertility clinic can help you achieve your family planning goals.
Last updated 15 days ago
For many women, having a child in early adulthood is not an option. In other cases, women may have one or two children while in their 20s but wait until their mid or late 30s or even 40s to further expand their families. No matter the reason for their decision, women who wish to become pregnant later in life may not conceive as readily as they would hope. This may happen because of the impact of their age on their fertility. Continue reading to find out more.
At birth, each female child carries her maximum number of eggs, which hovers around two million. This number decreases even before a girl experiences her first menstrual cycle and can become pregnant. By the time many women are ready to conceive, their ovaries hold a fraction of the eggs with which they were born, but still several hundred thousand.
Each month, women of childbearing age typically experience their menstrual cycles. This process involves the maturation of several eggs within the ovaries. Only one egg is released from an ovary every cycle. This process is called ovulation. As a woman gets older, though, she may not ovulate as frequently. This can stem from a lack of viable eggs that can mature. It may also be due to hormonal changes that prevent any eggs from maturing at all. If a woman does not ovulate, natural conception and pregnancy are not possible.
As the number of eggs diminishes, so too does the health of the remaining eggs. Age can take a significant toll on the viability of the eggs in the ovaries after 30 or 40 years. Even if conception occurs, the embryo may not survive in the womb and miscarriage occurs. Despite all of these implications of age on pregnancy, fertility specialists can help women of advanced age conceive and carry to term healthy babies with the aid of fertility treatment.
In a group of women at any certain age, the number of eggs will vary considerably. There are several ways to try to predict this for the individual woman. Pelvis ultrasound looks at the size of ovaries and number of developing follicles (egg sac) or the preantral follicle count. Blood testing for FSH level on cycle day 3 or the Clomid challenge test can be done. The newest and most helpful test is the Anti-Mullerian Hormone for A.M.H level.
With our comprehensive array of fertility treatment options, Northwest Fertility Center has helped countless couples get pregnant, and we can help you as well. If you would like to speak with a fertility specialist, call us today at (503) 505-9463. Our fertility clinic offers in vitro fertilization services for couples in Portland and the surrounding communities.
Last updated 1 month ago
When you choose a fertility clinic, knowledge is power. It is essential to do your research and inform yourself about what to expect from the clinic and from your treatment. At Northwest Fertility Center, we want you to have all of the information you need about how we work so you can make smart decisions about your fertility treatment. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our clinic.
What Are Your Success Rates?
At Northwest Fertility Center, we have one of the highest success rates in the nation, year in and year out. However, it is impossible to list our rates as simple numbers. There are many factors to consider, including the types of treatments we perform, the number of fertility treatments we complete, and the age and health of our patients. When you come to your appointment, we will provide you with clear information about the success rates that are most relevant to your treatment.
How Expensive Are Fertility Treatments?
The cost of fertility treatments vary widely, and some can be pricey. Most insurance policies do not cover fertility treatments, although some plans do cover fertility testing. We are very aware of the costs of treatment and will do everything we can to help you minimize the expense. We can also help you explore your financing options and insurance coverage. We accept credit cards, offer package deals, and provide discounts for cash patients. Our clinic also offers consistently low rates for services.
Can I Still Get Pregnant After 40?
Age is certainly a factor when it comes to fertility. After 40, your odds of conceiving in any given month are about five percent. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t start a family. Fertility treatments help many women over 40 have children.
For answers to all of your questions, contact Northwest Fertility Center. Our Portland fertility clinic has a proven record of success, and our caring staff will help you feel at ease as you undergo treatment. Start exploring your fertility treatment options today by calling us at (503) 505-9463. Our clinic consistently has high success rates, but also will do everything possible to minimize your cost.
Last updated 1 month ago
Infertility is a complex subject. There are many different things that can contribute to infertility, and in some cases, multiple issues may be interfering with a couple’s ability to conceive. This video discusses some of the factors that can cause infertility.
Structural problems with both male and female reproductive organs can lead to fertility issues, as can low sperm count or reduced sperm motility. In women, ovulation problems and endometriosis are among the many conditions that can cause infertility. Watch this clip to find out more.
If you are struggling to conceive, make an appointment at Northwest Fertility Center. Our compassionate team will help you understand the cause of your fertility issues and work with you to find a solution. Schedule your appointment at our Portland clinic today by calling (503) 505-9463.