Receiving a negative pregnancy test can be emotionally challenging, especially after you feel like you have tried everything. It’s important to know that you are not alone in your struggles. We understand the difficulties you may face on your path to overcoming infertility, and we want you to know we're here to walk alongside you, providing support and hope.
The first step to overcoming infertility is to determine the cause. Infertility is a problem of the reproductive system. Many things can cause infertility. It can be a problem in the female reproductive system. It can be a problem in the male reproductive system. Or it may be both.
Depending on the cause of infertility, there are many safe and effective therapies that can significantly improve your chances of getting pregnant. While every person is different, we recommend seeking help from a fertility specialist if:
Several factors can contribute to infertility in women. Some common ones include:
Several factors can contribute to infertility in men. Some common ones include:
We are here to help you find the care you need throughout your infertility journey. We understand that you may be most comfortable going to your primary care physician first to discuss your fertility issues. Our OB-GYN providers can do a basic infertility evaluation. After understanding your goals and desires it may be necessary to get a referral to a fertility specialist. Your OB-GYN will help guide you to the team to help support your plan of care by referring to an reproductive endocrinologist. This is an OB-GYN who has education and training in infertility and can offer treatments or procedures not offered by your OB-GYN. You may also make an appointment directly with a fertility specialist outside of Spectrum Health.
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We are here to support you and find you the best care possible.
We are here to listen to and discuss all your fertility concerns and help guide you through any next steps.
During your appointment, you can expect a comprehensive evaluation of your reproductive health. Our team of specialists will review your and your partner’s medical history and lifestyle habits. They will also conduct a physical examination to assess your overall health and any physical factors that may be influencing your infertility.
Our specialists may also recommend fertility tests. For women, this may include ovulation evaluation, hormone testing, ultrasound, and X-rays. For men, this may include having a semen sample taken and tested in the lab, so the health care provider can check the sperm count, test sperm motility, check the shape of the sperm, and assess the ejaculate liquid. Men may need to see a urologist for further testing.
Your specialist may suggest another test in order to make a diagnosis and find the best treatment for you.
We understand that an infertility journey is overwhelming enough without having to add financial concerns. We are here to help you in every way we can by offering financial support and assistance to those who are eligible.