Fertility options are available to help if you and your partner are having trouble getting pregnant. You may be at the point in your journey where you are looking for answers to your questions about infertility, and we are here to help.
What Is Infertility?
According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, 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.
Common causes of infertility for women include:
- Advanced age
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Impaired ovulation due to disease, birth defects or abnormal hormone production
- Blocked fallopian tubes
- Inability of the uterus to hold the embryo
Common causes of infertility for men include:
- Low sperm count
- High percentage of abnormally shaped sperm
- High percentage of sperm that are not moving forward
- Ejaculation dysfunction
Sperm production can be affected by blocked passageways, fevers, infections or birth defects
Other factors that can contribute to infertility include stress, smoking, alcohol use, excess weight and overall health.
Fertility services at Texas Health
The Assisted Reproductive Technology Services (ARTS) program offers a wide variety of infertility treatments, from basic care to some of the most advanced in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures available. In recent years, ARTS has been named one of the "10 Best Fertility Centers" in the U.S. by Child magazine.
ARTS offers a convenient array of services and physicians on the medical staff including obstetricians, neonatologists, oncologists and urologists. Physicians on the medical staff participating in the ARTS program are members of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SART). ARTS has on-site reproductive laboratories certified by the College of American Pathologists (CAP). Physicians on the medical staff, scientists, technicians, nurses and administrators in the ARTS program are dedicated to caring for both your physical and emotional needs.
When to See a Doctor
Most physicians on the medical staff will recommend that couples try to conceive for a year before seeking medical assistance. If a woman is over 30, has a history of pelvic disease, miscarriage, painful menstruation, irregular cycles or if her partner has a low sperm count, the National Infertility Association recommends that she and her partner may want to seek professional advice sooner.
Contact your preferred hospital for more information on the ARTS programs, or call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355).
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas - 214-345-2624
- Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano - 972-981-3324
Some content was adapted from A.D.A.M Health Encyclopedia.