Infertility Specialist

Mark P. Schumacher, MD

Medical Aesthetics Specialist & OBGYN located in Reno, NV

Young couples usually do not worry about infertility, yet the statistics say that 12-15% of them will learn they are infertile after trying to get pregnant for a year. Your risk of infertility also rises as you get older, which is a real concern for women who put off getting pregnant. When you have trouble conceiving, Mark P. Schumacher, MD, can help with an infertility evaluation and treatment to trigger ovulation. If you have any questions about infertility, call the office in Reno, Nevada.

Infertility

What is infertility?

Women aged 34 and younger are considered infertile if they are not pregnant after one year of regular, unprotected intercourse. If you are aged 35 and over, you are infertile when you are not pregnant after six months.

If you are over the age of 40, however, you should not wait to see if you can get pregnant. Schedule a checkup with Dr. Schumacher as soon as you decide you want to start a family, so you can take steps to improve your fertility if needed.

Women who have an irregular menstrual cycle or know they have a condition that may affect their fertility should also see the doctor when they decide to get pregnant. Medical support may increase their chance of a successful and healthy pregnancy.

Why is age an important factor in infertility?

Age affects the fertility of men and women, but it is more urgent for women because the number of eggs in their ovaries declines with age.

Women reach peak fertility in their 20s and early 30s. Then their fertility begins to decline and, after the age of 40, their ability to get pregnant continuously drops with each passing month.

What causes infertility?

There are many possible causes of infertility. For example, you may not ovulate (release an egg) or a physical problem may stop the egg from traveling down the fallopian tube or attaching to the uterus.

In about one-third of infertile couples, the problem is with the woman; and, in another one-third, infertility is due to a problem with the man, often caused by the low quantity or quality of their sperm. In the remaining one-third of all couples, however, the reason for their infertility cannot be identified.

What does infertility treatment entail?

For women with ovulation issues, the first line of treatment is medication, Clomid®, to stimulate ovulation. You take Clomid at a specific time in your menstrual cycle and can use it up to six months or a little longer, based on the doctor’s recommendation.

Dr. Schumacher may recommend surgery when endometrial polyps, endometriosis, or other physical problems are responsible for your infertility. When these measures are not successful, your next step may be intrauterine or in vitro fertilization.

If you have not been able to get pregnant, call Mark P. Schumacher, MD today.