If you have been trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant, you are not alone. Infertility issues affect approximately one out of every ten American couples. As devastating as this situation may seem, it is rarely an insurmountable problem. For many infertile couples, medical treatment or simply time and patience can result in a successful pregnancy, and healthy baby.
At Dr. Jenkins and his caring staff at Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine, we offer comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for infertility issues. The first step in treating infertility is determining the cause. According to CDC (Centers for Disease Control), male and female infertility are equally prevalent, each accounting for about one third of reported cases. The remaining third may be attributed to infertility of both partners, or to unknown causes.
The most common causes of female infertility include:
- Fallopian tube damage – These tubes transport eggs to the uterus from the ovaries. If they are damaged, they can inhibit contact between the sperm and egg, preventing fertilization. Many factors can damage the fallopian tubes, including surgical scars, endometriosis, and infection.
- Hormonal causes – Ovulation occurs as a result of synchronized fluctuations in hormones, which cause the uterine lining to thicken and the egg to be released. If these hormonal changes don’t occur when they should, ovulation may not happen.
- Cervical causes – In rare instances, a cervical condition may prevent sperm from passing through the cervical canal.
- Uterine causes – Fibroids (typically benign growths in the uterus) are a common condition, which can sometimes prevent pregnancy. Other potential uterine problems include the presence of polyps or anatomical abnormalities.
- Sterilization – A small percentage of women who have chosen permanent sterilization as a birth control method have a change of heart. That is why Dr. Jenkins encourages his patients to think it over carefully, and consider potential life-changing events such as re-marriage or the loss of a child, before committing to a permanent sterilization procedure. If you have been sterilized, the procedure can be surgically reversed but, unfortunately, the success rate is low.
A variety of techniques may used to determine the cause, including blood testing, tissue biopsies, and laparoscopic investigation. Dr. Jenkins will test both the male and female for infertility unless it is known for certain which partner is infertile.
Don’t give up on your dream of a family in Cypress. Let Dr. Jenkins help. Just call 855-346-8610 and schedule a consultation today. Our office is conveniently located in Katy, TX.
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