Enrich Family Practice
Family Practice located in Odessa, TX
If you’re struggling to get pregnant, you’re not alone as 10-15% of couples in the United States experience fertility problems. Fortunately, Maria Cole, FNP, and Kelly Wenger, FNP, offer simple solutions for infertility at Enrich Family Practice in Odessa, Texas. They complete fertility evaluations, ovulation induction, intrauterine insemination (IUI), and more to help you create the family you long for. Call Enrich Family Practice to learn more about infertility treatments or use the online scheduler today.
Infertility Q & A
What is infertility?
Infertility occurs when couples can’t become pregnant after at least one year of trying. About one-third of the time infertility happens because of the man, and another one-third of infertility problems occur because of the woman. The cause isn’t identified or is because of the man and the woman in 1 out of every 3 infertility cases.
What causes infertility?
If you struggle with infertility, numerous health conditions and lifestyle habits might be the culprit, such as:
- Advanced age or early menopause in women
- Abnormal sperm production or function in men
- Problems with sperm delivery in men
- Overexposure to environmental toxins
- Radiation or chemotherapy cancer treatments
- Ovulation, uterine, or cervical disorders in women
- Fallopian tube blockages or damage
- Endometriosis or pelvic adhesions in women
- Smoking, excessive alcohol, or drug use
- Being overweight or underweight
Having a health condition, such as obesity or diabetes, and taking certain medications is also a risk factor for infertility. Maintaining healthy lifestyle habits greatly increases you and your partner’s chance of becoming pregnant.
What is the treatment for infertility?
During a thorough examination and review of your medical history, a nurse practitioner at Enrich Family Practice spends as much time as necessary with you and your partner to determine the cause of infertility. They establish a customized treatment plan that might include:
If you experience problems ovulating due to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a condition that affects 5-10% of women ages 18-44, your nurse practitioner might recommend you take a medication called Clomid to improve the odds of getting pregnant. The side effects may include mood changes, vaginal dryness, nausea, and depression.
Gonadotropin therapy involves taking hormone injections containing luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), which are hormones normally produced by your pituitary gland. These hormones stimulate your ovaries to produce a follicle containing an egg.
During intrauterine insemination (IUI), your practitioner uses a small catheter to place sperm from your partner or a sperm donor inside your uterus when ovulation approaches. Doing so promotes fertilization and increases your chance of becoming pregnant by allowing more sperm to reach the fallopian tubes. IUI is a relatively painless procedure.
If you require more extensive fertility treatment, such as surgery or in vitro fertilization (IVF), your nurse practitioner refers you to a highly qualified specialist. If you’re struggling to become pregnant but are ready to start a family, call Enrich Family Practice today or schedule an appointment online.