Infertility Testing & Treatment
Supporting You With Infertility Testing & Treatment
Understandably, infertility and becoming pregnant can be a stressful process for some families. Due to state of the art technology and the latest research available, we are happy to support our patients on each of their individual journeys toward a healthy conception and pregnancy. Because all patients’ needs are unique, we provide private infertility testing and treatment options based on your personal circumstances.
At South Carolina OB/GYN Associates, we offer an array of infertility services, including infertility counseling, fertility drug treatments, and intrauterine insemination procedures. In some instances, when these options are unsuccessful or in-vitro fertilization is required, we may refer you to one of our trusted reproductive endocrinology colleagues in the surrounding area.
What is Infertility Testing?
Infertility testing ranges from basic to more in-depth. We may first begin by testing ovulation and sperm-related issues before going further. We never assume that only one person in the couple is affected by infertility. From here, we then decide if further testing is necessary. If you have used birth control for an extended period of time, you have a physical issue that interferes with ejaculation or have a known issue interfering with past fertility, we are happy to discuss your infertility testing options.
What Infertility Tests are Available?
A variety of tests including blood tests, ovulatory predictors, endometrial biopsies, laparoscopy and basic physical exams may be performed.
Fertility Drug Options Available with South Carolina OB/GYN Associates
The most common types of fertility drugs can be administered in one of two ways: by pill or by injection. If your doctor determines that fertility drugs will benefit you, the two of you will determine which type is best for your personal situation.
Pill form medication
For women experiencing ovulatory issues, fertility drug options are the primary method of treatment. We use Clomid and Serophene, two estrogen-related medications that have a reliable track record of treating fertility issues. This medication is administered in pill form and available via prescription at our office.
Injectable form medication
When Clomid alone is not effective, we may suggest the use of an injectable medication as well. Injectables can be used to stimulate or control ovulation.
- HCG: Human chorionic godanotropin - triggers the release of a mature egg from the ovaries.
- FSH: Follicular stimulating hormone - stimulates the growth and development of eggs in the ovaries.
- hMG: Human menopausal gonadotropin - this medication combines both LH and FSH.
At your visit, we will determine which injectable medication you are an ideal candidate for. There is also risk for over-stimulating the ovaries. This can result in tender ovaries or the potential for multiple births.
We understand that your path through fertility testing and treatment can be stressful and emotional. In addition to offering medications and testing, we are always available to support your emotional needs. While we will always check in to discuss your lifestyle and how you and your partner are doing throughout the process, please contact us whenever you feel the need.