Infertility Specialist

Women's Healthcare Associates of Santa Monica

OB/GYNs & Urogynecologists located in West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, CA

If you’re struggling to conceive, you’re not alone: 12% of women of childbearing years have trouble getting pregnant or have difficulty carrying a baby to full term. Doron Blumenfeld, MD, FACOG, and his caring team of OB/GYNs at Women’s Healthcare Associates of Santa Monica in Santa Monica, California, are here to help. You’ll go through a full diagnosis, which allows you to understand your battle with infertility. Then the team helps you find the best solution for your family. When you call or book your appointment online, let the staff know you’d like to learn more about infertility.

Infertility

Women's Healthcare Associates of Santa Monica

What causes infertility in women?

Your womb is a sensitive environment. Sometimes you can change things to improve your fertility health, while at other times, you might need a little more help getting pregnant. Common causes of infertility stem from:

  • Fallopian tube obstruction
  • Advanced age with poor egg quality
  • Low body weight
  • Being overweight
  • Exercising excessively
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Male factor. Between 40% – 50% of infertility cases are caused by abnormal sperm.

When do I see a doctor about infertility?

It’s always a good idea to see your OB/GYN before you try to conceive, just to ensure that you’re healthy. Generally, though, infertility experts suggest talking to your doctor about infertility if you’re under age 35 and haven’t been able to conceive after one year of trying. After age 35, visit Dr. Blumenfeld if you haven’t successfully gotten pregnant after six months of trying.

Other issues sometimes arise that are red flags to Dr. Blumenfeld. If you’re trying to conceive, make an appointment right away if you experience:

  • Missed periods
  • Irregular periods
  • Severe menstrual cramping
  • A miscarriage

These issues may be warning signs that something is preventing you from carrying a healthy baby to term. Problems like pelvic inflammatory disease or endometriosis may be inhibiting your conception efforts.  

How does a doctor treat infertility?

It depends on the cause of your infertility, of course, but your dedicated team at Women’s Healthcare Associates of Santa Monica are experts in finding solutions for many infertility issues. Typical infertility treatment plans consist of one or more of the following:

  • Induction of ovulation
  • Fertility medications
  • Artificial insemination with partner
  • Artificial insemination with donor
  • Infertility surgery

Can induction of ovulation help me get pregnant?

Possibly. Induction of ovulation involves stimulating follicles in your ovaries — the area where eggs develop. As long as you have healthy eggs and are of childbearing age, you should be a good candidate for induction of ovulation.

This treatment requires you to take certain types of medications. Many women conceive naturally after going through an induction of ovulation treatment. Talk with Dr. Blumenfeld during your exam to see if this is the right infertility treatment for you.