Infertility

Infertility Overview

Infertility is a condition that affects approximately one in eight couples. It is a condition of the reproductive system that prevents a couple living in the Plano, Frisco and Dallas, Texas communities from conceiving children. In most cases, an infertility specialist at Women’s Specialists of Plano will discuss a diagnosis of infertility with patients who have been trying to conceive for more than one full year without success.

In order for a couple to successfully achieve pregnancy, many factors must occur, each one dependent upon the other.  First, a man must produce healthy sperm, and a woman must produce healthy eggs.  In addition, a woman must have healthy, unblocked fallopian tubes that will allow the sperm to travel through them to meet with the egg.  The sperm needs to be able to fertilize the egg so that it can become implanted inside the woman’s uterus (embryo).  While this process is intricate and precise, and highlights the importance of the health of both the male and female, it is the female that must be able to carry the fetus to term. Therefore, in order for a pregnancy to progress to full term, the embryo must be able to survive and thrive in a healthy environment.  The hormonal environment and biological structure of the female is also a consideration. If one factor within these areas are damaged or impaired, infertility could result.

While infertility problems can start with a man or woman, both have equal chances of supplying the reason why conception may not be occurring. The most common cause of male infertility is a condition called azoospermia where no sperm cells are produced; oligiospermia means only a few sperm cells are produced.   Male supplements and other prescription drugs can be offered to try and improve this.

Perhaps the most common cause of female infertility is ovulation disorders among women. Ovulation in a woman must occur for pregnancy to be achieved naturally.  In addition, certain conditions such as fibroid tumors, ovarian cysts, blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis, and other gynecological conditions can also lead to infertility.  Women who are over the age of 35 who have tried unsuccessfully to become pregnant may also face infertility as age plays a big role in conception.

The infertility specialists at Women’s Specialists of Plano are skilled to consult with patients regarding infertility.  In a compassionate, professional environment, they will meet with each patient to discuss your medical history so that a targeted solution can be created.

Treatment for Infertility

There are many methods and options to treat infertility.  The first step is to get tested so that it can be determined why conception is not occurring.  This will probably entail a physical exam, an X-ray of the fallopian tubes, an analysis of body temperature and ovulation and a semen analysis.

Most cases of infertility can be treated with conventional therapy.   Drug treatment and/or surgical repair of the reproductive organs are typically the first steps.  The Women’s Specialists of Plano can induce ovulation with conventional prescription drugs such as the oral fertility drug Clomid. This particular medication triggers the body to release an egg during ovulation.  To compliment this process, a procedure known as intrauterine insemination may also be recommended.  During this procedure, your doctor will use a catheter to insert sperm from your partner or donor sperm directly into the uterus during a simple in-office procedure.  In women where these techniques are not successful, IVF (in vitro fertilization) may be the next course of treatment. This is a highly effective and progressive treatment that has provided successful results for thousands of couples.  Our obgyn’s will work with patients to recommend the best treatment option and work with them to help manage the condition so that pregnancy can result.

The desire to have children is a natural part of being human. The Women’s Specialists of Plano understand the significant role this plays in the lives of our patients and it’s why we dedicate a portion of our practice to helping patients be able to conceive children and fulfill their dreams.  If you are having difficulty achieving pregnancy, please call our office today so that we can begin the process of evaluating and treating your infertility.

Please contact the office of Women’s Specialists of Plano, a group of board certified OBGYNs and infertility specialists servicing the Plano, Frisco and Dallas, Texas area, for additional resources on the treatment for infertility or to discuss how to plan for a healthy and timely pregnancy.

 

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