It’s now common for couples to wait until they’re in their mid-30s before starting a family — around a fifth of women in the United States are 35 or older when they have their first child. Not every couple conceives when they first start trying, but with the help of Dr. Mark Jutras and assisted reproductive technology, they can increase their chances of getting pregnant. Dr. Jutras has helped people solve their infertility problems for more than 35 years. At Advanced Reproductive Concepts in Charlotte, North Carolina, he advises both men and women on their best path to parenthood. To discuss your options with Dr. Jutras, call today to make an appointment.
Dr. Jutras evaluates a man’s fertility by semen analysis, which examines the number (concentration), motility (movement), and morphology (shape) of his sperm. An abnormality in any of these areas can contribute to infertility. Unhealthy habits, such as tobacco, drug, or alcohol use, or exposure to environmental toxins can cause abnormalities. If you have or have had other medical conditions, such as varicoceles, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, infection, or trauma, you may also be at risk for infertility.
A woman’s ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus must function fully in order for her to conceive. Unfortunately, there is no single test to evaluate female fertility. A problem with any of your reproductive organs, such as fibroids within your uterus, affects the likelihood of your becoming pregnant, as can any kind of hormonal imbalance that affects ovulation.
Other causes of infertility in women are:
Depending on the cause, there are medical, surgical, and assisted reproductive therapies available to treat male infertility. Dr. Jutras may combine treatments for the best results. He may recommend surgical or medical intervention to restore full testicular function, such as medications that improve your sperm count or surgery to remove a blockage. Intrauterine insemination or in vitro fertilization are also potential solutions.
Additionally, Dr. Jutras may suggest you make some lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking or exercising more, or may recommend discontinuing certain medications.
Once again, depending on the cause, there are several therapies available to help restore a woman’s fertility. Hysteroscopic surgery is the most effective remedy for problems within the uterus, such as fibroids, polyps, or scar tissue. Dr. Jutras can stimulate and regulate ovulation with fertility drugs, such as Clomid® Gonal F, Follistim, or letrozole. Once your reproductive organs are fully functioning, Dr. Jutras can place healthy sperm directly into your uterus using intrauterine insemination, which is timed to coincide with your cycle or with other medications.
Infertility is a complex problem with a range of solutions for both men and women. To discuss your options, call to make an appointment with Dr. Jutras at Advanced Reproductive Concepts.