Do you find our website to be helpful?
Yes   No

Infertility Specialist

Lauren Rubal, M.D.

Infertility Specialist & Reproductive Endocrinologist located in Newport Beach, CA

Infertility is common and can be related to issues with the female or male partner. If you’ve been trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant, Lauren Rubal, MD, a fellowship-trained infertility specialist, can help. She pinpoints the reason for infertility and uses evidence-based complementary medicine to address lifestyle factors that can affect your ability to get pregnant as well as holistic treatments to become pregnant. Call the Newport Beach, California, office today or book your appointment online.

Infertility Q & A

How common is infertility?

About 1 in 8 couples struggle to either become pregnant or stay pregnant. Infertility was once considered a woman’s problem, but medical experts now understand that both male and female factors affect a couple's chances of getting pregnant.

About one-third of infertility is attributed to female-related factors, and another one-third is attributed to male issues. The remaining third is eithe

How common is infertility?

About 1 in 8 couples struggle to either become pregnant or stay pregnant. Infertility was once considered a woman’s problem, but medical experts now understand that both male and female factors affect a couple's chances of getting pregnant.

About one-third of infertility is attributed to female-related factors, and another one-third is attributed to male issues. The remaining third is either due to unexplained reasons or a combination of male and female causes.

Why am I having trouble getting pregnant?

A range of factors cause fertility problems, including age. Among women, fertility starts to decline in the early 30s, and by age 40, the average woman has about a 10% chance of getting pregnant each month. 

Men's fertility also declines with age, but not to the same extent as women’s. Infertility in men is usually due to making too few sperm or problems with the health of sperm.

Apart from age, ovulation issues are a chief reason for female infertility. Missed or irregular periods may be a sign of a problem with ovulation. Other potential causes of infertility include:

  • Endometriosis
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Primary ovarian insufficiency (POI)
  • Blocked or scarred fallopian tubes


Fibroids or polyps, which are growths in your uterus, also may interfere with getting pregnant, although this is less common. 

When should I see a doctor about infertility?

Contact Dr. Rubal for an evaluation if you haven't gotten pregnant after a year of having regular, unprotected sex, or if you’re over age 35 and have been trying to conceive for six months or over age 40 and trying for three months or more.

You also may want to visit Dr. Rubal for an infertility work-up sooner than this if you have an irregular menstrual cycle, PCOS, or another condition that affects fertility. It is also reasonable to be seen earlier if you would like to assess your egg number or are interested in preconception counseling. 

What is an infertility evaluation?

An infertility evaluation is a comprehensive assessment of you and your partner. Dr. Rubal determines the cause or causes of infertility with a focus on making a thorough diagnosis and identifying novel causes, including lifestyle factors, that affect fertility.

Dr. Rubal may suggest blood or urine tests to measure the levels of certain hormones that play a role in fertility, such as: 

  • Progesterone
  • Prolactin
  • Thyroid studies
  • Anti-mullerian hormone
  • Follicle-stimulating hormone, luteinizing hormone, and estradiol
  • Vitamin D
  • Sugar testing


She may recommend radiology tests to look for blockages or growths that may be interfering with your ability to conceive. 

When warranted, she uses a state-of-the-art ultrasound to count your follicles, or eggs, to make sure you have a sufficient amount to become pregnant. She then uses this information to craft a treatment plan to help you achieve your dream of having a family.

For an expert infertility evaluation, call the office today or book a consultation online.

r due to unexplained reasons or a combination of male and female causes.

Why am I having trouble getting pregnant?

A range of factors cause fertility problems, including age. Among women, fertility starts to decline in the early 30s, and by age 40, the average woman has about a 10% chance of getting pregnant each month. 

Men's fertility also declines with age, but not to the same extent as women’s. Infertility in men is usually due to making too few sperm or problems with the health of sperm.

Apart from age, ovulation issues are a chief reason for female infertility. Missed or irregular periods may be a sign of a problem with ovulation. Other potential causes of infertility include:

  • Endometriosis
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Primary ovarian insufficiency (POI)
  • Blocked or scarred fallopian tubes


Fibroids, which are growths on your uterus, also may interfere with getting pregnant, although this is less common. 

When should I see a doctor about infertility?

Contact Dr. Rubal for an evaluation if you haven't gotten pregnant after a year of having regular, unprotected sex, or if you’re over age 35 and have been trying to conceive for six months.

You also may want to visit Dr. Rubal for an infertility work-up if you have an irregular menstrual cycle, PCOS, or another condition that affects fertility. 

What is an infertility evaluation?

An infertility evaluation is a comprehensive assessment of you and your partner. Dr. Rubal determines the cause or causes of infertility with a focus on making a thorough diagnosis and identifying novel causes, including lifestyle factors that affect fertility.

Dr. Rubal may suggest blood or urine tests to measure the levels of certain hormones that play a role in fertility, such as: 

  • Progesterone
  • Prolactin
  • Luteinizing hormone


She may recommend an ultrasound to look for blockages or growths that may be interfering with your ability to conceive. 

When warranted, she uses a state-of-the-art ultrasound to count your follicles, or eggs, to make sure you have a sufficient amount to become pregnant. She then uses this information to craft a treatment plan to help you achieve your dream of having a family.

For an expert infertility evaluation, call the office today or book a consultation online.

 

Our Services

Infertility

Learn More

Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

Learn More

Uterine Fibroids

Learn More

Abnormal Bleeding

Learn More

 

Irregular Menstration

Learn More

Fertility

Learn More

Uterine Polyps

Learn More

Ovulation Tracking

Learn More

Hormonal Support

Learn More