At Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas, our team of board-certified OB/GYNs offer a wide range of infertility services, including physical evaluation, male and female testing and genetic risk profiling. Our registered, licensed dietician also specializes in fertility assessments.
According to the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, infertility is a term used to describe the inability of a couple to get pregnant or the inability of a woman to carry a pregnancy to term. Clinically, infertility is defined as not being able to achieve pregnancy after 1 year of having regular, unprotected intercourse, or after 6 months if the woman is older than 35 years of age.
Why are you having trouble getting pregnant?
Infertility is a complicated medical condition, and there sometimes isn’t a clear cause. Since both you and your partner contribute to the conception process, infertility is the result of many different factors. Excluding issues with your partner’s sperm, infertility can be caused by:
- Hormonal Problems
If you have an underlying hormonal condition or a health problem that affects your hormones, your body might not be able to prepare for or sustain a pregnancy. Hormonal issues can affect the viability of your eggs, your uterus, or your body’s ability to nourish a fertilized egg.
- Fallopian Tube Damage
As the key pathway through which your eggs reach your uterus, your Fallopian tubes can become damaged or scarred from conditions like endometriosis or pelvic surgery. As a result, sperm may not be able to reach your egg.
- Uterine Abnormalities
If you have fibroids or polyps on your uterus, this can prevent you from being able to get pregnant.
- Cervical Conditions
Certain women have a condition that prevents sperm from getting through the cervical canal and into the uterus.
- Unknown Reasons
For other couples — about 20% — infertility can’t be explained by any logical medical reason.
- Hormonal Problems
How is infertility diagnosed?
During your consultation, your Women’s Health Specialists provider will ask you questions about your health history, including questions about prior pregnancies and prior miscarriages, the regularity of your period, the presence of pelvic pain, whether you have had abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge, and whether you have had a history of pelvic infection or previous pelvic surgery.
Your doctor will also perform a pelvic exam or request a pelvic ultrasound, a Pap test, and order blood tests to look at your overall health.
How is infertility treated?
Whatever the cause of your conception challenges, your physician works with you to enhance your fertility based on your unique circumstances. Some screening and treatment methods may include:
- Male and female fertility testing
- Semen analysis
- Ovulation monitoring
- Genetic carrier screening
Your physician conducts imaging studies to identify any anatomical irregularities, and they also run bloodwork to determine if there are hormonal imbalances that could be causing infertility.
If necessary, you may also get a referral to a Dallas reproductive endocrinologist or a fertility specialist.
The best defense against infertility is early planning. If you’re considering pregnancy, your physician at Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas can also offer preconception screening and counseling, which can help identify and address potential complications or causes of infertility.
What results can you expect from infertility treatment?
Infertility treatment can feel like a long and arduous journey, but each step takes you closer to your desired goal of having a healthy and happy family.
Once your physician diagnoses the cause of your fertility problems, the right treatment can take weeks or sometimes months to become effective. If you’re diligent with the testing and treatment process, however, it’s possible to conceive naturally and have a complication-free pregnancy.
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Infertility Treatment at Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas
Couples should consult with a health care provider about fertility problems if they have had unprotected sex for 1 year without a successful pregnancy. With locations in Dallas and Rockwall, Texas, our team of board-certified OB/GYNs at Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas can help you understand the reasons for a delayed or lost pregnancy. Call us at 214-363-4421 to schedule an appointment.