Infertility: Trying to conceive
Couples who have been trying to conceive for more than a year may have something interfering with their reproductive function. Infertility is the failure to become pregnant after one year of regular, unprotected sexual intercourse..
Infertility may be due to a single cause in either partner or a combination of factors, and a thorough physical exam is needed to diagnose these causes. Couples are asked many questions about previous pregnancies and miscarriages, medical illnesses and infections, use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, sexual habits, and the woman’s menstrual cycle. Tests to evaluate infertility may include hormone levels, sperm count, pelvic ultrasound, hysterosalpingogram (a dye study to check the uterus and fallopian tubes) and a laparoscopic exam.
Drs. Jeff and Melissa Hall have personally experienced infertility. Family practice physicians at St. Croix Regional Medical Center, the Halls, evaluate and treat patients with infertility. Dr. Melissa Hall also delivers babies and takes care of children and patients of all ages.
These SCRMC physicians provide infertility consultation and can make appropriate referrals for further treatment:
Dr. Michele Armstrong, Family Practice
Dr. Marsha Beyer, Family Practice
Dr. Heidi Chatham, Family Practice
Dr. Melissa Hall, Family Practice
Dr. Jeffrey Hall, Family PracticeDr. Patrick Hedlund, Family Practice
Dr. Allison Karun, Obstetrics/Gynecology
Dr. Rebecca Lyman, Family Practice
Dr. Vicki Skarda, Family Practice
Resources for more information on infertility
Resources that couples dealing with infertility may find useful include:
• The American Fertility Association
• Resolve: The National Infertility Association
• The American Society for Reproductive Medicine
• The Fertility Research Foundation.