It is estimated that 10-15% of US couples struggle with infertility, defined as being unable to conceive within one year of regular sex without contraception. Infertility can be either primary, when a couple has never been able to have their own biological child, or secondary, when a couple previously had a child, but hasn’t been able to conceive again.
Many factors can contribute to infertility, including age, smoking or alcohol use, obesity, eating disorders, excessive exercise, chemical exposure, infection, and stress. Female-specific causes of infertility include ovulation disorders, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), thyroid dysfunction, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, blocked fallopian tubes, chronic illnesses, and even medications.
Shoemaker Gynecology provides comprehensive evaluations for both primary and secondary infertility. We craft treatment plans for women facing endometriosis, anovulation, recurrent miscarriages, or unexplained infertility. Some of the more common infertility conditions that we treat include:
For those couples who require more advanced treatment or for whom infertility is due to male factors, Shoemaker Gynecology works closely with and can provide referrals to local infertility specialists.