Whether you’re concerned about infertility or you simply have questions about your reproductive health, see Wendy Goodall McDonald, MD, and the specialists at Women's Health Consulting IL, LLC for a fertility evaluation. Located in The Loop in Chicago, the doctors work with you to identify any challenges you’re experiencing and provide compassionate care and support on your journey to parenthood. To find out more about your fertility, schedule a fertility evaluation today through the online scheduling tool or by calling Women’s Health Consulting IL.
A fertility evaluation is a consultation to discuss your fertility goals, medical history, lifestyle, and menstrual cycle history. Your doctor asks about your periods, how long your menstrual cycle lasts, and if you experience any premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms that might indicate issues with your fertility or hormone levels.
If appropriate, your doctor could recommend a physical exam involving an internal and external exam of your vagina and cervix to rule out potential causes of infertility. Further testing, including blood work, ultrasounds, and minimally invasive procedures, can be performed in the office as well.
A fertility evaluation can be useful for any woman interested in becoming pregnant, whether you’re planning to become pregnant or have been trying without success.
Preconception planning can be helpful if you’d like to learn about the best prenatal vitamins for your needs, nutrition for conception, or lifestyle modifications you can make that might help you get pregnant, like quitting smoking or avoiding drinking alcohol.
To diagnose infertility, your doctor discusses how long you’ve been trying to conceive along with your age. For women under 35, infertility is diagnosed if you’ve been having sex regularly for one year without using birth control and haven’t become pregnant. For women over the age of 35, your doctor can diagnose you with infertility after six months of trying without success.
There are many causes of infertility in both women and men. Possible causes include:
To determine the cause of infertility, your doctor begins with a medical history, blood tests, and a physical exam. Your doctor may recommend that your partner have his sperm tested as well. Additional procedures can be recommended when appropriate.
As women age, the likelihood of becoming pregnant decreases each month. For healthy couples in their 20s and early 30s, there’s a 25-30% chance of getting pregnant during any menstrual cycle. This chance decreases quickly after the age of 37, and the chance of getting pregnant in any given cycle after the age of 40 is about 10%.
Set up a fertility evaluation today by calling Women’s Health Consulting IL, or use the online booking tool to schedule a visit.