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Pregnancy and birth can be a complicated time for a woman and her body.

Fertility & Infertility

Pregnancy and birth can be a complicated time for a woman and her body.

The ChristianaCare Center for Reproductive Health is able to support women during this time & offer treatments tailored to each woman’s needs.

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What is Infertility

Infertility is a problem of the reproductive system. It affects the body’s ability to reproduce. It could be caused by a problem with the man’s system, the woman’s system, or both. For a pregnancy, the following must happen:

  • The man must make healthy sperm.
  • The woman must make healthy eggs.
  • The fallopian tubes must be open to let the sperm to reach the egg.
  • The sperm must be able to fertilize the egg.
  • The fertilized egg must implant in the uterus.
  • The embryo must be healthy.

If you think you are not able to get pregnant, see your healthcare provider early. The age of the woman and how long the couple has been trying to get pregnant may affect treatment.

Causes and Symptoms

Many things can cause infertility

It can be a problem in the female reproductive system, the male reproductive system, or a mix of the two.

These are some examples of how female factors can effect infertility:

  • Ovulation problems.
  • Anatomical problems.
  • Endometriosis.
  • Birth defects.
  • Infection.
  • Immune system problems.

 

What are the symptoms of infertility?

A couple is believed infertile if conception does not happen:

  • After one year of unprotected sex.
  • After 6 months in women over age 35.
  • If there are known problems causing infertility.

Types of treatment for women

ChristianaCare can offers varies forms of treatment to women with fertility struggles. These include:

  • Intrauterine insemination – This method uses a small flexible tube called a catheter to place specially washed and prepared sperm directly into the uterus.
  • Ovulation medicine – These medicines help regulate the timing of ovulation.
  • Surgery – Surgery may be used to treat or repair a condition such as blocked fallopian tubes or endometriosis.
  • Assisted reproductive technology (ART) – For some couples, more extensive treatment is needed.
  • In vitro fertilization (IVF) – This involves removing a woman’s eggs and fertilizing them in the lab with sperm.
  • Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) – In this procedure, a single sperm is injected directly into an egg.
  • Gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT) – This involves using a fiber-optic instrument called a laparoscope to guide the transfer of unfertilized eggs and sperm into the woman’s fallopian tubes.
  • Zygote intrafallopian transfer (ZIFT) – This involves fertilizing a woman’s eggs in the lab.
  • Donor eggs – This involves transferring an embryo from a donor to an infertile woman.
  • Embryo cryopreservation – In this method, the embryos are frozen for transfer at a later date.

For more information, please take a look at our detailed page on infertility:

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Center for Women’s OB/GYN and Reproductive Health
Center for Women’s OB/GYN and Reproductive Health

4735 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Suite 1109,
Newark, DE 19713

Call 302-623-4175 Get directions

ChristianaCare Primary Care at MAP 2 includes family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics all in one, convenient location.
Delaware Center for Maternal & Fetal Medicine of ChristianaCare Inc.
Delaware Center for Maternal & Fetal Medicine of ChristianaCare Inc. View Location

4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road,
Suite 1992,
Newark, DE 19718

Call 302-319-5680 Get directions

Located on the Christiana Hospital campus, the beautifully designed and landscaped, 200,000-square-foot Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute is a state-of-the-art facility that serves a majority of the cancer patients residing in Delaware. This National Cancer Institute selected Community Cancer Center features advanced medical, surgical and radiation procedures and diagnostic services. The cancer research program includes the Center for Translational Research, a collaborative program with the University of Delaware. The Graham Cancer Center also includes the ChristianaCare Breast Center, an outpatient facility that features the state’s only dedicated breast MRI.
Delaware Center for Maternal & Fetal Medicine of ChristianaCare Inc.
Delaware Center for Maternal & Fetal Medicine of ChristianaCare Inc. View Location

Abby Medical Center,
Suite 312,
1 Centurian Drive,
Newark, DE 19713

Call 302-319-5680 Get directions

Located on the Christiana Hospital campus, the beautifully designed and landscaped, 200,000-square-foot Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute is a state-of-the-art facility that serves a majority of the cancer patients residing in Delaware. This National Cancer Institute selected Community Cancer Center features advanced medical, surgical and radiation procedures and diagnostic services. The cancer research program includes the Center for Translational Research, a collaborative program with the University of Delaware. The Graham Cancer Center also includes the ChristianaCare Breast Center, an outpatient facility that features the state’s only dedicated breast MRI.

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