Infertility Specialist

Cynthia Chao, DO, MPH, NCMP -  - OBGYN

Cynthia Chao, DO, MPH, NCMP

OBGYN & Laser Specialist located in Long Beach, CA

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.

Infertility Q & A

What is infertility?

The basic definition of infertility is the inability to conceive a child after 12 months or more of unprotected sex.

What causes infertility?

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:

  • Damaged fallopian tubes
  • Some cases of endometriosis
  • Hormone issues that disrupt egg release
  • Cervix problems
  • Uterine problems, such as fibroids

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.

How is infertility evaluated?

To determine the source of your fertility problem, Dr. Chao evaluates your reproductive system over the course of a monthly cycle. This evaluation includes:

  • Hormonal assessment through blood work and ultrasounds
  • Semen analysis and culture
  • Hysterosalpingogram (HSG), an X-ray that detects blockages or malformations in your fallopian tubes
  • Endometrial biopsy to detect inflammation in your uterus
  • Surgical evaluation and treatment including hysteroscopy and laparoscopy
  • Cycle monitoring

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.

How is infertility treated?

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:

  • Ovulation induction using fertility medications
  • Timed intercourse cycles
  • Surgical intervention to remove cysts, fibroids, blockages, or your endometrium

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.

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