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Couples. Singles. LGBTQ. We’re with you every step of the way to overcome some of the challenges of creating a family.

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Intrauterine insemination, in vitro fertilization, ovulation induction and more – our comprehensive program offers centralized care and support.

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Beginning with a thorough exam, we offer comprehensive, affordable fertility care in a relaxed atmosphere. Our highly trained specialists can deal with the entire spectrum of reproductive issues and will work with you to create a customized, evidence-based treatment plan that gives you the best chance to conceive.

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About 40 percent of infertility cases are due to female factors, 40 percent are due to male factors, and 20 percent have unexplained causes.

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  • Endometriosis
  • Problems with ovarian function and ovulation, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Tubal disease or tubal sterilization
  • Conditions of the uterus that inhibit implantation of an early embryo, such as uterine septum, large submucosal fibroids and polyps or intracavitary adhesions
  • Diminished ovarian reserve
  • Unknown causes
  • Poor semen characteristics
  • No sperm in the ejaculate from obstructive or nonobstructive causes.
  • Obstructive—vasectomy, congenital absence of the semen outflow tract, or previous scrotal surgery or trauma
  • Nonobstructive—the outflow tract is normal, but sperm production is severely diminished or completely absent
  • Genetic causes
  • Unknown causes

An infertility evaluation includes a complete history and physical to find out why you and your partner have not been able to become pregnant. The fertility care team uses various diagnostic procedures in its evaluation, including:

  • Ultrasound
  • Hysterosalpingogram
  • Sonohysterogram
  • Endocrine lab work
  • Semen culture and detailed analysis
  • Infectious disease testing

Our fertility care surgeons use the latest laparoscopic and microsurgical techniques to repair blocked and damaged fallopian tubes, as well as treat endometriosis and any polyps or fibroids in the uterus.

  • Ablation of endometriosis
  • Minimally invasive hysterectomy
  • Fertility-sparing ovarian cystectomy
  • Fertility-sparing myomectomy
  • Tubal chromopertubation
  • Diagnostic Hysteroscopy

Everyone is welcome here. Our fertility care clinic is supportive, knowledgeable and here to help all couples and individuals navigate their choices for trying to conceive a child:

  • Ovulation induction
  • Intrauterine insemination
  • In vitro fertilization
  • Use of cryobank and known donor sperm
  • On-site male fertility lab
  • Intracytoplasmic sperm injection
  • Egg donor / gestational carrier

Chemotherapy, radiation and some cancer surgeries can damage or destroy your store of eggs or harm your womb. The extent of damage depends on your age, overall health and cancer treatment. You can protect your ability to have children before you have cancer treatment with fertility preservation treatment.

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UW Medicine offers consultation and continuity of care for many specialized fertility care services.
Make a referral: Call 206.598.4225 or fill out an online referral form.

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Condition Spotlight

Polycystic ovary syndrome

Overview

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a common condition in women of childbearing age that affects the ovaries. When ovulation doesn’t happen, the ovaries can develop many small fluid-filled sacs (cysts) that make hormones called androgens. Women with PCOS often have high levels of androgens.

Symptoms

Symptoms of PCOS may include missed, irregular or light periods; excess body hair; weight gain around the belly, acne or oily skin; thinning hair; infertility; skin tags on the neck or armpits; and dark or thick skin patches on the back of the neck, in the armpits and under the breasts.

Risk factors

You may be more likely to have PCOS if your mother or sister has it, or if you have insulin resistance or are obese. But the exact cause of PCOS is not clear. Insulin levels build up in the body and may cause higher androgen levels. Obesity can also increase insulin levels and make PCOS symptoms worse.

Diagnosis

Your healthcare provider will ask about your medical history and symptoms. You will also have a physical exam, likely inclusive of a pelvic exam to check the health of your reproductive organs inside and outside your body. You may also have an ultrasound or blood tests.

Treatment

Treatment depends on your age, symptoms, overall health and your desire to become pregnant. It may include a change in diet and activity. If you do plan to become pregnant, treatment may include medications to cause ovulation. If not, treatment may include birth control pills and diabetes medicine.

Complications

Women with PCOS are more likely to develop certain serious health problems. These include type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, problems with the heart and blood vessels, and uterine cancer. Women with PCOS often have problems with their ability to get pregnant (fertility).

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