Infertility in Canada
When it comes to infertility, it may feel like you are going through this alone. However, approximately 1 in 6 couples in Canada are struggling with infertility. We can help; she has a vast knowledge and extensive training in obstetrics, gynaecology and women’s reproductive health.
What is infertility?
Infertility is commonly defined as the inability to get pregnant, even after timed attempts through tracking ovulation and having unprotected sex without any type of contraceptive.
When is it time to seek infertility counseling and help?
If you’ve experienced a full year of unsuccessful conception, it is generally time to consult a doctor. Similarly, with women over 35, it is recommended to seek counseling after 6 months of unsuccessful conception.
Why is it harder for some women to get pregnant?
Infertility in women is generally caused by damage to the fallopian tubes or uterus. There are many different conditions that cause damage. Some of those include:
- pelvic inflammatory disease
- scar tissue
- ectopic pregnancy
- previous infections
- birth defects
- hormonal issues
- pre-existing medical issues
The inability to conceive can also be caused by other medical conditions or even lifestyle choices. Ovulation can be affected by cysts, tumors, drug use, a hormonal imbalance, excessive alcohol use, thyroid issues, irregular menstrual cycles, stress, and excessive weight gain or loss.
How can treatments and counseling help?
At our Burnaby office, we will review your family and personal medical history, looking for any identifiers that could cause trouble conceiving. If you have a partner whom you are trying to conceive with, your partner’s history may be reviewed as well. Extensive testing is done based on our assessment of your condition. First, the problem causing infertility needs to be identified using testing. From there, if we identify the issue, we will create a customized treatment plan based on our findings. Treatments vary widely from patient to patient.
Get a referral to our office in Burnaby, British Columbia
If you are having trouble conceiving and would like to schedule a consultation at our office, please get a referral from your primary care doctor. Once your doctor gives the referral, please call our Burnaby office at (604) 433-8900 to schedule an appointment.