At Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at Washington University School of Medicine offers a full line of services for women from menstruation through menopause. The division is best known, however, for its work with couples facing infertility.
In general, infertility is defined as a couple’s inability to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse. In the United States, approximately 15 percent of all couples are unable to conceive without medical assistance. More than 20 years ago, Washington University reproductive endocrinologists performed the in-vitro fertilization (IVF) for the first "test-tube" baby born in Missouri.
Now, more than 2,000 new couples each year are evaluated and treated for infertility at Washington University School of Medicine. Treatment includes IVF and other assisted technologies. The doctors and staff in this division manage more than 15,000 office visits with these couples each year.
As national leaders in the field of reproductive endocrinology, the experts at Barnes-Jewish Hospital are able to offer the full-spectrum of medical and surgical options for women. They provide diagnosis and treatment for women who experience:
- abnormal or cessation of menstrual bleeding
- uterine fibroids and polyps
- abnormal uterine development and scarring
- contraception problems
- abnormal hair growth
- prolactin disorders
- menopausal problems, such as hot flashes, and risks, such as related bone loss
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- recurrent pregnancy loss (defined as the loss of three or more pregnancies)
Surgical services include:
- removal of fibroids, polyps or other uterine abnormalities
- endometrial ablation
- correction of problems with the tubes or ovaries
- surgical treatment of endometriosis
For more information about in-vitro fertilization, call 314-286-2400 or visit infertility.wustl.edu.
The division participates in a number of local and multi-center clinical studies in which new therapies are utilized to diagnose and treat any number of conditions related to reproductive endocrinology, such as infertility, ovulation disorders, recurrent miscarriage and the symptoms of menopause.
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