You made the decision to have a baby. You embarked on eating healthy, exercising, taking folic acid and all of the other things recommended but there is one thing missing — a positive pregnancy test.
If you and your partner are having trouble getting pregnant, you are not alone. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine estimates there are 6.1 million people dealing with infertility in the United States — that's roughly 10 percent of those trying to conceive. Fortunately, there are many tests and procedures that can identify and treat the causes of infertility.
According to the National Infertility Association, infertility is a medical condition of the reproductive system that results in the inability to conceive or carry a pregnancy to term. The condition is diagnosed after a couple has had a year of unprotected, regular intercourse without conceiving, or when pregnancy occurs but does not result in a live birth.
This is the point in your journey that you may be looking for answers to your infertility questions, and we are here to help. Learn more about what causes infertility and other factors, such as getting pregnant in later years.
Finding a source of advanced care for infertility can be a challenge. Proven fertility programs with experienced physicians on the medical staff are relatively rare.
Fortunately, one is here in North Texas — Assisted Reproductive Technology Services (ARTS), with locations at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.
You may want to begin to explore diagnostic procedures to help pinpoint your fertility issues, which may lead to several different treatment options. But first, you need a plan, so follow these tips.
Follow the links below for more information on these programs, or call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355).