Reproductive endocrinology and infertility program offers treatments for complex infertility issues
The Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Program at MetroHealth specializes in providing diagnostic testing and treatment of complex infertility issues as well as menstrual disorders, polycystic ovary syndrome, uterine and reproductive anomalies and a variety of other disorders.
Lori Hollins, MD, directs the program and works closely with patients and referring physicians.
She specializes in laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery and the evaluation and treatment of gynecologic disorders such as amenorrhea, dysfunctional uterine bleeding, hirsutism, infertility, recurrent miscarriage and premature ovarian failure.
She also specializes in dealing with obesity and its impact on reproduction.
Dr. Hollins explains that MetroHealth offers a variety of treatments for infertility. Proper diagnosis is always the first priority.
Common problems include polycystic ovary syndrome, ovulation problems, fibroids, fallopian tube blockage, endometriosis and male infertility issues. Many of these issues can be corrected by medical management and lifestyle changes. However, some issues require surgical management or in-vitro fertilization.
The Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Clinic at MetroHealth provides outpatient procedures including ultrasound, hysterosalpingogram, office hysteroscopy and semen analysis. Dr. Hollins performs advanced operative procedures using minimally invasive techniques.
Dr. Hollins also works with women having problems related to menopause. Treatment options include hormone replacement therapy and, occasionally, other pharmaceuticals such as antidepressants or alternative therapies.
Some patients have menopausal symptoms at an early age, as young as their teen years. The causes are often difficult to identify, but can be tied to genetic or autoimmune disorders. Dr. Hollins says it is vital to identify these patients and treat underlying causes.
Failing to do so can put them at heightened risk for osteoporosis or cardiovascular disease later in life.
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