There are many reasons people may be finding it difficult to grow their family, so finding an Adelaide fertility doctor to help you involves a search for specialists who understand your needs and your situation.
With the right Adelaide fertility specialist, can begin to move forward with your family plans. Embrace Fertility hosts a roster of highly trained and experienced fertility doctors with unique experience and genuine understanding.
It is our job at Embrace Fertility Adelaide to establish what the most likely cause of your fertility concerns, and then plan our treatment accordingly. Below are several reasons why one might have trouble conceiving, and how the right Adelaide fertility specialist can help you identify to start your pathway:
- Endometriosis is a condition where the lining of the womb grows outside the uterine cavity.
- Symptoms include period pain, but they can vary a lot (and can be asymptomatic).
- This can lead to difficulty in conceiving.
- The reason is thought to be because endometriotic tissue breaks down in response to the normal cyclical hormones from the menstrual cycle, which generates inflammation and an immune response, thus creating an environment in which eggs, sperm and embryos are not able to function normally.
- Treatment includes surgery to remove the lesions from the pelvic cavity and IVF to remove the eggs from the inflammatory pelvic environment.
Our fertility doctors based in North Adelaide are across the latest in endometriosis treatment and innovation, so if you’re experiencing any of the above, get in touch with one of our Adelaide fertility specialists today.
Low Egg Numbers
- Anti-Mullerian Hormone blood test (‘The Egg Timer test’) can indicate how many eggs are in the ovaries. This provides information on the likely number of eggs available during IVF and the optimal dose of medication. It also helps determine the speed of treatment and the time frame if considering hi-tech fertility options.
- Women with low egg numbers can consider egg freezing to preserve fertility, although it doesn’t guarantee a pregnancy. Younger people undertaking chemotherapy, those with an inherited condition that lowers egg numbers, or those gender transitioning can freeze their eggs. Pregnancy rates are based on the age a woman freezes her eggs or embryos, not on the age she is when she uses her frozen eggs or embryos.
- Some medications are thought to improve outcomes for women undertaking IVF with a low ovarian reserve, but more research is needed to determine their value.
To consider the possibility of freezing your eggs, reach out to one of our Adelaide fertility doctors.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome/Disorders of Ovulation
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a common disorder in women that causes irregular menstrual cycles, hair growth, acne and many small cysts (follicles) in the ovaries.
- People with PCOS have a high number of eggs in the ovaries but their hormones are set in a way that makes it difficult for the eggs to grow and be released.
- Treatment mainly involves taking oral tablets (Letrozole or Clomid) and/or injections of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) to release the eggs.
- Diet and exercise improve fertility and ovulation in women with PCOS.
- Many people with PCOS also have high insulin and sugar levels so treatment of these metabolic problems can improve fertility and reduce the risk of miscarriage.
- There are other endocrinological or genetic conditions that disrupt ovulation that can be treated.
If you’re concerned about your ability to conceive, contact one of our Adelaide fertility specialists today.
Recurrent Implantation Failure & Recurrent Miscarriage
- Sometimes the reason the embryo hasn’t implanted is because it has too few or too many chromosomes in comparison to a normal, metabolically healthy embryo.
- Embryos can be genetically tested to see if this is the reason why pregnancy hasn’t occurred.
- Tests for recurrent implantation failure can also identify disorders in the lining of the womb which make it difficult for an embryo to implant.
- Several conditions can alter the way the placenta develops, leading to recurrent miscarriage.
- There are several treatments for recurrent implantation failure and recurrent miscarriage.
Book now with one of South Australia’s leading fertility specialists to discuss your options and explore your journey to growing your family.