Infertility Specialist

Women's Health Institute -  - OB-GYN

Women's Health Institute

OB-GYNs & Nurse Practitioners located in Peoria, IL

Dr. Larry Overcash and Erin Overcash WHNP serve the residents of Peoria, Illinois. They specialize in all facets of obstetrics and gynecology, and both of them are board-certified in their chosen fields. Infertility is just one of the many conditions that is addressed on a regular basis.

Infertility Q & A

What Are the Different Causes of Infertility?

Infertility can be traced to many sources. Hormonal imbalance, the body’s inability to produce enough viable eggs, prolapsed uterus, congenital defects in the uterus or other female organs, and decreased sperm count are just a few of the common causes of infertility. Infertility may also be caused by the use of certain medications. Conditions such as endometriosis may also increase the risk of infertility if it begins to get progressively worse. If couples have tried to conceive unsuccessfully for 12 months or longer, their gynecologist may suggest performing some tests to uncover the cause of infertility and recommend different ways to possibly correct the problem.

Can HRT Correct Infertility Issues?

If the problem has to do with hormonal imbalances within the woman’s reproductive system, the doctor may suggest using hormone replacement therapy to help stimulate the production and release of healthy, mature eggs. HRT can also regulate other processes within the body, making it easier for the woman to carry the child to term. Hormone replacement therapy may only be an option for a select few, but when bringing the body’s hormone levels back into balance, it is often the recommended treatment of choice. If the problem is endometriosis, controlling the condition with HRT may make it possible for a woman to conceive, but a physician should closely monitor the situation to make sure everything goes smoothly.

What Are Common Treatments for Infertility?

While infertility cannot be “treated” per se, the condition can be remedied through the use of new forms of technology. In vitro fertilization, for example, allows for an egg to be fertilized outside of the womb, and, once an embryo has been established, implanted back into the mother’s womb. Other options include injecting the sperm directly into the egg while it is still in the mother’s body. This can be less disruptive for the fetus and will allow the sperm a greater chance at reaching its destination and producing a viable embryo.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

We accept several insurance plans from many different providers. If you do not see your provider listed here, please give us a call and we will let you know if you are covered.

Blue Cross
Coventry Health Care
Health Alliance PPO
Health Partner
United Healthcare