Maybe you’ve tried for months and aren’t pregnant ... or you lost a pregnancy ... or you can’t seem to conceive baby number two. Don’t despair, you’re not alone. Roughly 10% of women of childbearing age have trouble getting or staying pregnant, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. But for many, it’s a temporary rough patch: Fertility treatments have helped millions of women in the U.S. have a baby.
When we think of fertility treatments we tend to think of in vitro fertilization (IVF), but solutions run the gamut from simple (thyroid medication) to staggeringly complex (uterus transplant). A big part of what fertility doctors do is listen, diagnose, and find a solution.
The goal is generally to speed up the time to pregnancy (since the biological clock is real). “Within one to two ovulation cycles, we can usually get the information we need to be able to say, ‘This is what you should do,’” says Nicole Noyes, MD, system chief of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Northwell Health.
How do you know when to see a fertility doctor? And how can you find the right treatment for you? To help you feel confident and in control, Dr. Noyes answers common questions about fertility treatments.