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Fertility Care

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Becoming pregnant isn’t always as easy as you might expect. If you’re planning to become pregnant or are having trouble conceiving, the fertility care specialists at Shenandoah Women’s Healthcare can help.

Our team of experienced physicians and certified nurse-midwives will help you maximize your chances of becoming pregnant and delivering a healthy, happy baby. We’ll do everything possible to help you reach your goal of becoming pregnant.

What to Expect

Fertility depends on many factors, including your age, health history, family health history, and lifestyle factors. When you meet with one of our fertility care specialist we’ll begin with a thorough evaluation of your overall health and factors that may be harming your chances of becoming pregnant. We’ll work with you and help you understand the steps you can take to increase the likelihood of conception.

If you’ve been trying to conceive for over a year (6 months if you’re over 35), we’ll start an infertility evaluation. As part of your infertility evaluation, we’ll:

  • Determine if you’re ovulating using blood tests, and/or ultrasound examinations
  • Use a specialized x-ray (known as as hysterosalpingogram) to check the health of your fallopian tubes and uterus
  • If warranted, recommend fertility treatments and strategies to further increase your chances of becoming pregnant

Throughout your infertility evaluation, our providers will be available to answer any and all questions you have. We want you to fully understand your reproductive health and all of the options available to you.

We don’t just think of ourselves as your doctors, nurses, and midwives. We’re part of your pregnancy team and will work with you and help you however we can.

Are you thinking about becoming pregnant?

Call Shenandoah Women’s Healthcare today to schedule your exam
and to learn more about our fertility care services.

(540) 438-1314

OR

Request an Appointment Online

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I too old to become pregnant?
If you’re interested in becoming pregnant (and haven’t yet experienced menopause) there is a chance. However women over 35 often have more difficulty becoming pregnant than younger women. That’s why we’re here: to help women in the Harrisonburg area take control of their fertility and maximize their chances of becoming pregnant.

What does it mean to be “infertile”?
Generally speaking, we recommend an infertility evaluation if:
You’re under 35 and haven’t become pregnant after 12 months of regular intercourse without any type of contraception.
You’re over 35 and haven’t become pregnant after trying for 6 consecutive months.

What causes infertility in women?
To best answer this question, you have to understand that there are 5 fundamental steps required for pregnancy to occur:

  • One of your ovaries must release an egg that is capable of being fertilized.
  • That egg must enter the fallopian tube.
  • The egg must be fertilized.
  • The fertilized egg must travel through the fallopian tube to the uterus.
  • Once in the uterus, the fertilized egg must start growing.

Any interruption to this process will prevent pregnancy from occurring. Some experts estimate that over 10% of couples are affected by infertility. And in nearly 20% of those cases, the exact cause of infertility can’t be determined. In other cases, infertility may be caused by:

  • Genetic factors
  • Diseases like Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or endometriosis
  • Damage to the fallopian tubes, uterus, or cervix
  • Hormonal imbalances

As you can see, infertility is a complex subject and every woman is different. The best way to get an answer to this question is to contact Shenandoah Women’s Healthcare for a fertility consultation.

What risk factors can affect my fertility?
There are a variety of risk factors that reduce your chances of becoming pregnancy. When you meet with one of our fertility care specialists, we’ll take a close look at possible risk factors that include:

  • Your weight and age
  • Previous history of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
  • History of tubal disease or endometriosis
  • Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption

See What our Patients are Saying

I love being a patient at Shenandoah Women’s Health Care! All the doctors took my every concern and questions seriously.

I’d recommend Shenandoah Women’s Health Care to anyone I know because the provide the greatest care to their patients!

Kristen Michelle
The midwives at SWHC make the yearly visit many women dread as friendly, nurturing, and painless as it could be.

I would highly recommend them to any young woman who is looking for a health care provider who will listen to her concerns and questions without pressure or judgment.

Naomi Hoffmeyer

Get in touch

Want to learn more about our Fertility Care Services?

Call Shenandoah Women’s Healthcare today at (540) 438-1314

OR

Request an Appointment Online