Infertility

Holy Cross OBGYN

Maduka Odogwu, MD

OB-GYN located in Mesquite, TX

Infertility affects 10% of women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the United States, making it a fairly common problem. But this fact may be of little consolation if you’ve been trying, without success, to conceive. At Holy Cross OBGYN, Dr. Maduka Odogwu offers infertility services and counseling to his patients in Mesquite, Texas, allowing many of them to start the families of their dreams. To learn more about your infertility treatment options, call the office or book an appointment by using the online form. Referral services to an endocrinologist and infertility specialist are also available.

Infertility Q & A

What is infertility?

Quite simply, infertility is the inability to conceive, and the label is usually reserved for women who have tried for one year or more to get pregnant.

Infertility also includes women who can get pregnant but have problems staying pregnant.

What causes infertility?

Before getting into the common causes of infertility, it’s helpful to step back and take a look at all that needs to happen for you to conceive:

  • First, you must ovulate, which means release an egg from one of your ovaries
  • The egg then needs to travel through your fallopian tubes to your uterus
  • Sperm needs to find your egg on this journey and fertilize it
  • The fertilized egg needs to implant inside your uterus

Any disruption in this finely-tuned system can cause a problem with conception, and there are ample opportunities for problems.

The most common causes of infertility in women include:

  • Polycystic ovary syndrome, or other ovulation issues
  • Age
  • Blocked fallopian tubes
  • Uterine anomalies
  • Uterine fibroids

Bear in mind that infertility is not just a woman’s problem. Studies suggest that one-third of fertility problems stem from women, one-third from men, and the final third may be a mixture of both, or unknown. In fact, 20% of infertility cases are of unknown origin.

What are the treatments for infertility?

If a medical problem lies at the heart of your fertility problems, Dr. Odogwu works with you to remedy the issue to restore your fertility. These treatments depend on what the underlying problem is and may involve surgical removal of fibroids or cysts, or surgical repair of blocked fallopian tubes.

Again, it’s hard to provide a blanket answer, as Dr. Odogwu needs to treat each case individually depending upon the diagnosis.

If there are no physical problems with your reproductive system, Dr. Odogwu may suggest medications that promote ovulation. There are many types of medications that achieve this, and he chooses one that best fits your health and your goals.

In either case, Dr. Odogwu also makes lifestyle suggestions that may influence your fertility, including:

  • Losing weight
  • Quitting smoking
  • Reducing alcohol consumption
  • Getting the proper nutrition

If you have problems conceiving, call Holy Cross OBGYN to find out how they can help with your infertility, or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.