Infertility Testing and Treatment

INFERTILITY DIAGNOSTIC TESTING

Infertility is a broad condition that can be caused by one or more factors. Determining the cause of fertility problems is the key to overcoming them, so each patient undergoes a thorough testing process before beginning infertility treatment at our practice in the Chicago, Illinois area. Female factors, as well as male factors or both, may be the source of the problem. Understanding what causes infertility not only makes it possible to effectively treat it, but also helps patients cope with their condition. All individuals (couples) therefore undergo a thorough diagnostic evaluation by Dr Jacobs.

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UNDERSTANDING CAUSES OF INFERTILITY

Evaluation for all possible causes of infertility is vital because 40 percent of infertility involves men, 40 percent involves women, and the other 20 percent is a combination. Recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) is a frustrating form of infertility for couples and remains a concern for reproductive specialists. Women who have experienced two or more miscarriages should be carefully evaluated to see if there is a treatable condition. It is not rare for a couple to receive normal results from all of the infertility testing procedures we administer and still be unable to become pregnant naturally. This is known as unexplained infertility. It can be a frustrating diagnosis, but treatable.

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TREATMENTS (OTHER THAN IVF)

Customized Treatments for Your Unique Needs – Although In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is a very well-known fertility treatment procedure, only 30 to 40 percent of patients will undergo IVF. Many of Dr. Jacobs’ couples will succeed in becoming pregnant through more traditional methods, such as fertility medications and Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), or successful surgical treatments. There is good evidence that proper diet, lifestyle improvements, and nutritional supplementation can improve fertility. Alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, yoga, and meditation may be beneficial, and their calming effects may indirectly help by managing stress.

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