Southern Connecticut Women's Health Care Associates -  - OB-GYN

Southern Connecticut Women's Health Care Associates

OB-GYNs located in Milford, CT & Westport, CT

Difficulty Getting Pregnant Specialist

If you’re one of the 10% of women experiencing infertility, there’s still hope. The experts at Southern Connecticut Women’s Health Care Associates take an evidence-based approach to treating infertility, with access to one of the most advanced reproductive facilities in the United States: the Yale Fertility Center. If you live in Fairfield or New Haven County, Connecticut and are having difficulty getting pregnant, request a fertility consultation online or by calling the office directly.

Difficulty Getting Pregnant Q & A

What causes infertility?

Infertility is defined as the inability to become pregnant after 12 months of unprotected sex. Male infertility is usually the result of a low sperm count or low-quality sperm. The most prominent causes of female infertility include:

  • Age related infertility
  • Male factor (abnormal sperm from partner)
  • Ovulation disorders
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvis adhesions
  • Uterine or cervical abnormalities
  • A damaged or blocked fallopian tube
  • Pelvic adhesions
  • Early menopause
  • Scar tissue
  • Recurrent miscarriages

What are the risk factors for infertility?

Numerous factors can increase the risks of both male and female infertility, such as:

  • A woman’s age over 35
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Eating disorders
  • Alcohol

In some cases, abnormal cervical mucus can make it difficult for sperm to reach your egg.

Age can also play a significant factor in infertility. Pregnancy over the age of 35 is referred to as advanced maternal age. When women reach their mid-30s, the quantity and quality of their remaining eggs decreases and can cause fertility problems. Sometimes this age related difficulty is in getting pregnant and sometimes it is keeping the pregnancy (repeated miscarriages)

How is infertility diagnosed?

If you’re experiencing female infertility, or have had recurrent pregnancy loss, there are various tests available to help determine why you’re unable to conceive. Your doctor may perform:

  • Ovarian reserve testing (AMH, antral follicle count (AFC), Day 3 FSH) to determine egg count (status of “biological clock”)
  • Pelvic ultrasound
  • Hormone testing
  • Ovulation testing
  • Hysterosalpingography (check uterine cavity and patency of fallopian tubes)
  • Semen analysis

How is infertility treated?

The specialists at Southern Connecticut Women’s Health Care Associates offer several options if you need help getting pregnant, including: 

  • Intrauterine insemination (IUI): sperm is placed directly into your uterus while you’re ovulating
  • In vitro fertilization (IVF): sperm and egg are fertilized in a lab, and an embryo is placed in your uterus

Surrogacy is also an option if you’re unable to carry a baby to term. During surrogacy, your fertilized egg is placed in another woman’s uterus. This is a popular option for same-sex couples.

If you’re not ready to have a baby right now but are planning on starting a family in the future, egg freezing is another option. Your eggs can be frozen either by themselves or already fertilized. Fertilizing your eggs before freezing them also allows you to choose the sex of your child.

If your biological clock is ticking, and you want more information about infertility and which treatments may be right for you, call or book an appointment online today. 


Meet David Seifer, MD  our reproductive medicine consultant

I am very pleased to be part of the Yale Fertility Center. I look forward to providing the best clinical experience for each of my patients while utilizing one of the most advanced reproductive facilities in the U.S. My approach is to provide the most compassionate and contemporary infertility services available to meet the individual needs and personal values of my patients. Areas of special clinical interest include optimizing natural fertility, age-related infertility, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, male factor infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, polycystic ovarian disease and fertility preservation. When I first meet with a couple or an individual, we talk. Over the course of an hour, I get an idea of their worldview, how they envision their future and their hopes for a family. We then discuss what options of treatment might make the most sense for them.

As a Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale I appreciate evidence-based approaches for treating infertility. I received my medical degree from the University of Illinois (Chicago) Medical School and completed my residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, California. My fellowship was completed in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Yale. 


HONORS & RECOGNITION 
· ASRM Star Award American Society of Reproductive Medicine (2016, 2017) 
· America’s Top Doctors Castle Connolly Medical Guide for 12 years Castle Connolly 
· Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award Research and Development Council of New Jersey (2011) 
· Inventor of the Year Award New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame (2011) 
· Life Teacher Award Maimonides Medical Center (2007) 


PROFESSIONAL SERVICE 
Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) (2017 - present) President 
Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology (2016 - present) Co-Editor-in-Chief 
NICHD – NIH Reproduction, Andrology, Gynecology Study Section (2004 - 2008) 
FDA Advisory Committee Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices Panel (2001 - 2005) 

BOARD CERTIFICATIONS 
· Obstetrics & Gynecology AB of Obstetrics & Gynecology 
· Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility AB of Obstetrics & Gynecology

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