Karen F. Brodman, MD, PLLC
Gynecologist located in Upper West Side, New York, NY
If infertility is interfering with your dream of starting a family, you can find compassionate help at the office of Karen F. Brodman, MD. As a board-certified gynecologist Karen Brodman, MD, provides comprehensive infertility testing services in-office to identify what’s causing your fertility issues. Dr. Brodman also tailors a treatment plan for your unique needs to address endometriosis and other underlying causes of infertility so you can achieve a healthy pregnancy. Call the office in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York, to schedule an appointment or book a consultation online today.
Infertility Q & A
What is infertility?
Infertility describes a woman’s inability to become pregnant after a year of having unprotected sex.
In one-third of infertility cases, the issue lies with the woman. In another third, the problem lies with the man. In the remaining third of cases, the underlying cause of infertility remains unknown.
Some examples of female-related infertility issues include:
- Ovulation disorders
- Hormone imbalances
- Fallopian tube blockage
- Structural abnormalities in the reproductive organs
Women who undergo treatments for cervical or other reproductive cancers may also be at a higher risk for infertility.
In men, causes of infertility can include low sperm volume, abnormal sperm production, and blockages in the testicles that prevent sperm from traveling to eggs. Cancer treatments can also impact a man’s fertility.
How is infertility diagnosed?
During a diagnostic evaluation for infertility, Dr. Brodman reviews your personal and family medical histories and performs a pelvic exam. She may order blood work to evaluate your hormone levels and determine if you’re ovulating. You may also need an ultrasound or other diagnostic imaging test to identify structural abnormalities in your reproductive tract.
Dr. Brodman can perform a hysteroscopy, which involves the insertion of a thin, lighted device into your vagina to check your cervix and uterus for disease or abnormal growths.
How is infertility treated?
When you have endometriosis or other gynecological conditions that affect your fertility, Dr. Brodman can customize a plan to treat it to increase your likelihood of becoming pregnant.
In some cases, medications to stimulate ovulation may be necessary. You may also need to make lifestyle and diet changes to improve your overall health and prepare your body for pregnancy.
If these therapies aren’t enough to help you achieve a viable pregnancy, Dr. Brodman can discuss your options for fertility assistance, such as intrauterine insemination (IUI). IUI involves the fertilization of egg and sperm outside your body. Several days after the embryo forms, a specialist places it inside your uterus.
To learn more about the services available to treat infertility, call the office of Karen F. Brodman, MD, today or book a consultation online.