Infertility is a common problem that affects 12.1% of women aged 15-44 in the United States, prompting approximately 7.3 million women to seek medical help annually. Offering such assistance is Cynthia Chao, DO, MPH, NCMP, an OB/GYN in Long Beach, California. If you’re having problems getting pregnant, Dr. Chao provides full evaluations and treatments to help you get on the road to motherhood. To learn more, call to set up a consultation or use the easy online booking tool.
The basic definition of infertility is the inability to conceive a child after 12 months or more of unprotected sex.
While the definition of infertility is simple enough, the causes of infertility are anything but. When it comes to women, there are dozens of conditions that can interfere with your ability to conceive, including:
This list represents the results of dozens of diseases, infections, or genetic problems that can contribute to infertility. For example, pelvic infections can leave scars on your fallopian tubes, creating an obstruction.
Sexually transmitted diseases, if left unchecked, also have the potential to create fertility problems.
To determine the source of your fertility problem, Dr. Chao evaluates your reproductive system over the course of a monthly cycle. This evaluation includes:
By monitoring a full cycle, Dr. Chao can get a clear picture of your reproductive cycle and pinpoint where the break in the chain may lie.
The treatment for infertility largely depends on the nature of the problem. Once Dr. Chao has finished her evaluation, she develops a customized treatment plan that takes your age, your medical history, and your goals into consideration. Often, Dr. Chao starts with:
Should these treatments prove unsuccessful, Dr. Chao may turn to more aggressive solutions, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination. If there’s a problem with your eggs, you may also consider donor eggs.
Dr. Chao offers testing and treatments for a variety of health problems that can interfere with fertility, including surgical removal of polyps, colposcopy and cryotherapy procedures to help prevent cervical cancer and to remove precancerous and cancerous tissues, incision and drainage treatment for Bartholin cysts, and endometrial and vulva biopsies. She also provides cone biopsies — an outpatient hospital treatment for the more advanced effects of HPV.
Ultimately, Dr. Chao’s goal is to find the safest, most effective route to improve your overall health and achieve your pregnancy goals. Dr. Chao works with you to find the right solution.
If you’re having trouble getting pregnant, call Dr. Chao or book an appointment online.