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Cervical Factor Infertility
The cervix can be a cause for reproductive difficulties as well. Cervical abnormalities can cause infertility and they can also cause repeated pregnancy loss. Infertility is typically caused by poor production of cervical mucus.
Treatment for abnormal Pap smears such as cryotherapy or cone biopsies can destroy the cells that will produce this mucus. Normally, without the mucus the sperm will have great difficulty traveling into the uterus and ultimately the fallopian tubes where fertilization occurs.
Another cause of poor cervical mucus occurs as a side effect of medications such as Clomid. Typically, the treatment of infertility associated with cervical abnormalities involves IUI, which effectively bypasses the cervix and delivers the sperm into the uterus and ultimately the tubes.
The cervix can also be a cause of repeated pregnancy loss. The most common cause of this problem is due to previous surgery on the cervix such as can occur with treatments for an abnormal Pap smear.
Patients will unfortunately lose the pregnancy due to a “weakness” in the cervix, which subsequently dilates and causes miscarriage. A minor surgical procedure exists where a cerclage (stitch) is placed around cervix to give it extra strength and prevent premature dilation and thereby prevent miscarriage.
We provide services for the diagnosis and treatment of infertility.
Our services include an outstanding IVF and donor egg program.
We offer all levels of treatment including infertility testing intrauterine insemination (IUI), medical treatment, and advanced laparoscopic surgery. Most of our patients become pregnant without requiring IVF.
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Our patients can reach us for emergencies 24 hours a day by calling our main number, and selecting choice #1, which pages our medical or nursing staff.
If your situation is life threatening, dial 911 or go directly to your local ER.