Should you seek fertility care?
1/28/2016 4:56 PM
One in seven couples face reproductive infertility. For some couples, an infertility diagnosis can be as emotionally tragic as a cancer diagnosis.
When couples have been trying to conceive a baby for a year or longer without success, it may be time to seek fertility care. Because the biological clock is very real, a woman over the age of 33 who has been trying to conceive for 6 months should consider fertility care.
When a couple first presents for fertility care, they undergo a thorough physical evaluation. The most common causes of infertility are:
- When a woman is not ovulating each month
- Endometriosis: A condition resulting from the appearance of endometrial tissue outside the uterus
- Premature Ovarian Failure: When the ovaries age faster than a woman’s biological age
- Male factor (accounts for 40 to 50 percent of cases)
When it comes to fertility care, there are very few things fertility specialists can’t help you with. Ovulation induction and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) are common fertility options. Some patients choose a form of third party reproduction where they adopt another couple’s embryo. A couple may also choose to use a gestational carrier to birth their biological child.
If you would like more information about fertility care, visit the Fertility Institute of Texas at fertility-texas.com.
About the Author
Susan Hudson, MD, is a board certified fertility specialist. She founded the Fertility Institute of Texas because she wanted to provide a more caring and personalized source for infertility treatment to the residents of South Central Texas.