Infertility

Infertility Specialist
Infertility can have many causes, and accurate diagnosis is the key to getting the most appropriate care. Bay Area Obstetrics & Gynecology uses the most advanced techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of infertility to increase the likelihood of conception in patients from Daly City, CA, and throughout the San Francisco Bay region.

Infertility Q & A

Bay Area Obstetrics & Gynecology

If I'm unable to become pregnant, does that mean I'm infertile?

Not necessarily; infertility is defined as being unable to conceive after trying to become pregnant for 12 or more consecutive months, or six or more consecutive months if you're 35 years of age or older. Issues like illness and stress can also interfere with conception, so not being able to get pregnant after just a few months of trying may not be anything to worry about.

What are the primary causes of infertility?

Infertility can be caused by a variety of issues affecting both men and women. Most male fertility problems are related to issues with the quality, quantity or motility of sperm. For women, some of the most common causes of infertility include:

  • Older age

  • Problems that prevent the ovaries from releasing eggs normally, including polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

  • Uterine adhesions (scars), large fibroids or polyps

  • Endometriosis, which causes uterine tissue to grow outside the uterus

  • Heavy mucus production in the cervix

  • Abnormalities within the uterine structure or lining

  • Chemotherapy or radiation treatments

Some chronic health conditions and genetic issues may also cause infertility.

What tests are used to determine the cause of infertility?

There are many tests available for diagnosing the causes of infertility, including blood tests, semen analysis, ultrasound imaging and minimally-invasive office-based exams to evaluate the structure of the cervix, uterus, and fallopian tubes. At Bay Area Obstetrics & Gynecology, we'll determine the most appropriate tests to use based on the health histories of you and your partner.

How is infertility treated?

Today, there are more options than ever for treating infertility and facilitating conception, including infertility drugs, in vitro fertilization (IVF), intrauterine insemination (IUI, also called artificial insemination) and other techniques. Your treatment will be based on the results of your tests to ensure the best chances of conception.