Tag Archives: Lexington Women’s Care

Help for Couples Experiencing Infertility

Infertility is a unique medical diagnosis for doctors because it involves a couple rather than just an individual. For couples under age 35, infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after 12 months of unprotected intercourse. For couples over age 35, it’s six months.

In this WLTX interview inside Lexington Medical Center’s new patient care tower, Dr. Blake Chapman of Lexington Women’s Care, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, talks about diagnosing infertility and helping couples to welcome a baby.

According to Dr. Chapman, young, healthy, fertile couples only have a 15 to 20 percent chance of conceiving each menstrual cycle. After three months, approximately 50 percent of those couples would become pregnant. After 12 months, it jumps to 85 to 90 percent.

That means that approximately 10 to 15 percent of couples fall into the category of infertility and should see their health care provider.

About 1/3 of infertility is female factor infertility. Causes could be something a woman has been born with that’s making it difficult to conceive, a history of pelvic infections or surgery, or some medications she’s taking.

About 1/3 of infertility is male factor infertility. Causes could be a man has been born with something that’s making it difficult to conceive, his body doesn’t transport sperm correctly, or he’s had pelvic trauma or pelvic radiation.

The last 1/3 of infertility is undefined. That means doctors aren’t sure of the cause and help patients pursue other avenues to have a baby.

If you’re considering pregnancy, Dr. Chapman recommends seeing your physician for pre-conception counseling, which includes a look at your medical history and any medications you’re taking. This type of patient education plays an important role in optimizing chances of natural fertility.

Helping Women at Lexington Women’s Care

Lexington Women’s Care is a Lexington Medical Center physician practice that provides OB/GYN care in five locations around the Midlands. In this video, patient Lacey Hines talks about how Dr. David Stallard helped her navigate a difficult road and work through the process of becoming a foster mother.

For more information about Lexington Women’s Care or to make an appointment, visit LexingtonWomensCare.com.

FREE Physician Lecture: Cervical Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, about 13,000 women will be diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer this year, and more than 4,000 women will die from the disease. Cervical cancer tends to occur in midlife, most frequently between the ages of 35 and 44. And, more than 15 percent of cases are in women over 65. However, the risk of cervical cancer decreases significantly with routine screenings.

Join Lexington Medical Center for our upcoming FREE physician lecture on cervical cancer with Andrea S. Garrick, MD, OB/GYN at Lexington Women’s Care, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice.

Dr. Garrick earned her medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Augusta University in Georgia. She has experience providing general OB/GYN services ranging from outpatient care and surgery to routine visits and complicated consultations. She practices at Lexington Women’s Care’s West Columbia location.

We hope to see you there.