Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Inability to Conceive Treatment

The treatment for infertility in women includes assisted reproductive technologies, counseling, and medications to stimulate ovulation in women. The treatment for infertility in men includes testosterone and other medications to increase sperm count. Surgery may be an option for some patients.

Treatment options for infertility include:

Inability to Conceive Assisted Reproduction

The procedure for assisted reproduction in females includes:

  • Stimulation of ovulation in the female
  • Removal of the egg from the female
  • Introduction of the unfertilized or fertilized egg into the female uterus or fallopian tube

Inability to Conceive Females Surgery

Infertility can be caused by abnormal structures in the female reproductive organs. These abnormalities may be treated with surgery.

Surgical procedures used for the treatment of infertility in women include:

  • Hysteroscopy:
    • A thin, flexible tube that contains a fiberoptic scope is inserted through the cervix and into the uterus. Small procedures can be performed using instruments introduces through the tube.
  • Laparoscopy:
    • A thin, flexible tube that contains a fiberoptic scope is inserted through the skin and into the abdomen, in order to view the pelvic organs. Procedures can be performed using instruments that are introduced through holes in the skin.
  • Laparotomy:
    • An incision is made in the abdominal wall and abnormalities are viewed directly. This surgical approach must be used when abnormalities are extensive.

Inability to Conceive Males Surgery

Infertility can be caused by abnormal structures in the male reproductive organs. These abnormalities may be treated with surgery.

Surgical procedures used for the treatment of infertility in men include:

  • Testicular biopsy
    • Allows for analysis of the testicle and sperm
  • Varicocelectomy:
    • Surgical removal of a varicocele, which is a collection of dilated veins in the scrotum
  • Vasovasostomy:

Inability to Conceive Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat infertility:

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Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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