Many patients from Novato and the North Bay area have benefited from the fertility services provided by Dr. Lane and her experienced team. Contact the Lane Fertility Institute office today to speak with among the best fertility specialists in the San Francisco area.
Basic Fertility Services Q&A
How Long Should I Wait to Seek Fertility Treatment?
On average, a woman becomes pregnant within a year of having unprotected intercourse, so the recommended period of time to try is 12 months. If you are older or at risk of other complications, you should seek assistance after approximately six months.
What Kind of Procedures are Considered Basic Fertility Treatment?
There are three services considered to be fundamental in fertility treatment. Natural Cycle Monitoring helps couples to identify their most fertile time during a cycle. This helps many patients who have difficulties relating to ovulation timing. Monitoring of natural cycles helps to determine when ovulation occurs, allowing couples to optimize the timing of their intercourse or intrauterine procedure. Monitoring also helps to identify if there are any irregularities that may require further testing. Another non-invasive procedure commonly employed to assist with fertilization is Ovulation Induction. This is one of the most common treatments used to stimulate a woman’s ovaries with induction medications or fertility drugs. The drugs are administered in pill or injection form. Ovulation induction is frequently used in conjunction with Intrauterine Insemination. This process involves placing washed sperm directly into the uterus. A catheter is passed through the cervix into the uterus and sperm is injected directly into the uterine cavity, giving it a greater chance of reaching and fertilizing an ovum. This process is helpful in treating mild to moderate male factor issues.
Are There Other Options if the Most Basic Treatments Are Not Successful?
If these non-invasive procedures are not successful or if the monitoring shows that further testing and treatment are necessary, the doctors at Lane Fertility Institute may employ minimally invasive surgical procedures like laparoscopy or hysteroscopy to further diagnose and treat fertility issues. Laparoscopy is a surgical procedure used where a thin, lighted tube is inserted through an incision in the abdomen to examine the abdominal wall and female pelvic organs. It is used to diagnose problems such as cysts, adhesions, fibroids, or infection. It can confirm endometriosis, a condition where cells that look and act like uterine lining are found in other parts of the abdominal cavity. A hysteroscopy allows a physician to inspect the inside of the uterus for fibroids, polyps, scarring, or abnormal shape. This procedure involves a thin hysteroscopy being inserted through the cervix into the uterus.