Disclaimer :: Our partners at Fort Worth Fertility crafted this post to answer the most common questions about fertility issues and when and how to seek fertility treatment.
Preparing to start or grow your family is one of the most exciting and scary moments in a couple’s life. Picking out names and designing a Pinterest-worthy nursery become highlights during the wait to see a positive pregnancy test. But what happens when those two pink lines refuse to show up? When do you turn to a specialist for help?
Couples, who have been trying to conceive, face a variety of obstacles along their journey. In couples affected by fertility issues, about one-third have male infertility, one-third have female infertility, and one-third have unexplained infertility. One of the main factors couples should consider when deciding to visit a specialist is age. If you are over 35 and have been trying to conceive for six months, or under 35 and trying to conceive for a year, it’s time to consider a specialist visit.
Another simple way to determine involving a specialist is to have your OB/GYN order a semen analysis on your partner. The analysis looks at volume, count, motility (how sperm move), and morphology (shape) of the sperm and rules out, or points out, a male factor issue.
A variety of factors can impact female fertility including problems with ovulation, structural problems with the uterus or fallopian tubes, and, the most frustrating, unexplained infertility. A work-up from a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist will help pinpoint the cause of infertility and determine the best treatment plan.
Selecting the right fertility specialist is essential for success. After you make the decision to see a fertility specialist, there are a few factors to consider when comparing clinics. Reputable centers report their in-vitro fertilization success rates to the CDC for a voluntary, annual report. This report breaks down success rates by age and treatment type (ie. fresh embryos, frozen embryos, donor eggs, surrogates). Another aspect to consider is treatment types offered by the clinic and the doctor’s philosophy on treatments. At Fort Worth Fertility, we take a “common sense” approach to fertility treatments, meaning, we will start with basic treatments when possible, and then progress to more aggressive treatment as necessary.
The Fort Worth Moms Blog hosts 19 Neighbor Groups via Facebook, including the Fertility Discussion with Tarrant County Moms. These groups are free to join and offer online and offline opportunities to build relationships and gain resources from other moms in the area.
Dr. Robert A. Kaufmann, the founding physician of Fort Worth Fertility, is one of the top board-certified reproductive endocrinologists in Texas who specializes in fertility care, ranging from intrauterine insemination to in-vitro fertilization and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). At Fort Worth Fertility, the staff strives to make affordable, patient-centered care a reality for all hopeful parents. Its outstanding team will take the time to understand your specific needs and be with you every step of the way. Dr. Kaufmann has received many awards throughout his career in Fort Worth; patients have awarded him with Most Compassionate Doctor, and fellow Fort Worth physicians have appointed him Top Reproductive Endocrinologist since 2005.
If you would like more information about fertility testing, treatments, or financial information, please contact 817-348-8145 or email [email protected]