As a leading board-certified ob-gyn in Burbank, CA, Dr. Bardowell helps couples who are struggling with infertility identify the causes and understand all the available treatment options so they can increase their chances of conceiving.
No, infertility is defined as not being able to become pregnant after trying to conceive for 12 or more consecutive months, or six consecutive months if you're over 35 years of age. That's because sometimes ovulation cycles can become a little disrupted by illness, chronic stress or other issues, but in a cycle or two, those issues resolve on their own. If you've been trying every month for the past year (or six months if you're over 35) and have been unsuccessful, you should have a fertility evaluation performed.
In women, the most common causes include:
medical conditions that affect ovulation, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
uterine adhesions (scars), polyps or fibroids
endometriosis, which develops when uterine tissue grows elsewhere in the body
defects in the uterine lining, uterus or cervix that prevent sperm from reaching the eggs or keep the egg from being implanted
For men, infertility usually arises from problems with the structure, motion or concentration of sperm. Some medical treatments like chemotherapy and radiation can also cause infertility, as can genetic issues.
Dr. Bardowell will conduct a thorough exam as well as review your medical history to determine possible causes. Blood work, lab work, sperm analysis, internal exams and diagnostic imaging like ultrasound can also help pinpoint causes of infertility. The type of testing and evaluation Dr. Bardowell uses will depend on your exam and health history as well as your partner's health history.
For women, many treatments use medication to promote ovulation or help shrink fibroids. Surgery may be needed to correct some issues, while some couples may benefit from techniques like in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination (IUI).
We accept most PPO plans, including the following insurance for both current and new patients. Please contact your insurance plan for specific coverage information by calling the telephone number listed on your insurance identification card.
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"His bedside manner illustrates a love for his practice, and a deep understanding of the complex human emotions that come hand-in-hand with carrying a pregnancy."