Fertility services & treatment
Once you have been evaluated and infertility issues have been identified, it's time to decide the best course of treatment. We offer options that will fit your situation and reproductive goals.
Timed intercourse is often the first treatment attempt for couples that have a good semen analysis and structurally healthy reproductive organs. The doctor may prescribe drugs in order to stimulate the ovaries and help develop one or a few follicles that may contain eggs. Additional drugs can be used to induce ovulation at a specific time or an ovulation predictor kit is used to determine when ovulation has occurred naturally. Sometimes the doctor will want to perform an ultrasound to see how follicles are developing. This will determine the optimal time for a couple to have intercourse, giving the egg and sperm the best chance at meeting and resulting in a pregnancy.
A woman's fertility hinges on her ability to ovulate. This is when an egg is released from an ovary. If you are not ovulating, you may be given hormone medicine to help.
Artificial insemination, using the male partner's sperm or anonymous donor sperm, puts many healthy sperm at the entrance of the cervix or right into the uterus. The sperm can then make their way to the fallopian tubes.
Male factor infertility is present in about 50 percent of couples seeking infertility investigation and testing. If you are trying to get pregnant and have a diagnosis that includes male factor infertility, consider scheduling a consultation with our experts to consider treatments like:
- Vasectomy reversal service: Our urologist also offers clinic-based vasectomy reversals for men who qualify for the service. These procedures were previously only performed in an operating room. Success depends on the number of years since the vasectomy, age of the female partner and her reproductive history. A consultation is recommended to determine the best options. You can also call (608) 775-2212 for more information.
Other fertility conditions
- Recurrent pregnancy loss is a special type of fertility problem. While a couple does not have problems conceiving, a woman has difficulties carrying the baby to the time when it can survive outside the uterus. Various blood tests and checking the uterine cavity for abnormalities will sometimes provide clues to the problem. The woman's immune system may produce antibodies against a pregnancy or higher than usual clotting factor levels that can lead to clots in the placenta. Treatments are available.
- Endometriosis can cause significant pain and discomfort. Even when fertility is not the current issue, staff at the Gundersen Fertility Services can help with surgical and medical treatment.
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a lifetime medical problem that leads to fertility issues. Because of the variable nature of PCOS, a diagnosis and treatment is often multifaceted. To address the complexity of PCOS, Gundersen has created a program for women who have been diagnosed with, or whose symptoms suggest, PCOS. Talk to you primary care provider about a referral to the Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Program or call (608) 775-2306.
- Abnormal Female Reproductive Development: Full reproductive endocrinology care is available for women with uterine abnormalities or menstrual cycle disorders.