There may be nothing in life that’s more frustrating and heartbreaking than not getting pregnant when you’re actively trying. However, many couples across the country must address this reality. It can cause tears, anger, misplaced resentment, and feelings of guilt. It can feel like the whole world is getting pregnant and having babies while every month is unsuccessful for them.
Infertility, while not an easy process, is not the same as sterility. Infertility can be managed and it can often end with a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby. It starts by finding a compassionate physician who will not downplay your concerns but will instead take them seriously and help you find the cause and right treatment.
It’s important to note that even in couples who have no medical or reproductive issues, pregnancy isn’t as easy as it looks on TV. Conception takes exact timing and little bit of luck. Therefore, infertility is not diagnosed after a month or two of trying to conceive. Instead, it’s diagnosed after a full year of unprotected sex if the woman is under the age of 35. If she’s over the age of 35, infertility is diagnosed after six months of trying to conceive.
If you have been trying to conceive with no success, it may be time to schedule an appointment with your gynecologist. Dr. Taryll Jenkins of Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine has helped countless patients face infertility and manage successful treatment plans. He understands the emotional toll that trying to conceive can take on a patient and her entire family.
Your first step with Dr. Jenkins will be to review your medical history as well as your partner’s medical history. Dr. Jenkins will determine if there are any factors in your medical history or lifestyle that could affect conception. For example, smoking and drinking can lower sperm count and release of eggs. In addition, being underweight or overweight can make it harder to conceive.
If there are no immediate causes of infertility, Dr. Jenkins may suggest further testing to determine why you’ve had trouble conceiving. He may also prescribe medication to improve ovulation. The first step always starts with a conversation, however. If you and your partner are concerned about infertility, call the Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine today.
We offer general care, gynecology, and obstetrics services that span all stages of a woman's life. Dr. Taryll L. Jenkins, MD received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and Doctorate of Medicine from Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, TN. He completed his residency training at the University of Texas and Hermann Hospital, TX and is Board-certified from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with years of research experience.
Having graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Chemistry in 2011, Dr. Stephanie Roy received her Doctor of Medicine Degree in 2015 from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Today she is a leading Board-certified physician who works hard to provide you and your family with high quality services. In addition to spending time at the practice, Dr. Roy possesses extensive volunteer experience in the community. She was also a tutor at the Medical Careers Diversity Program in 2012 and since then has spent her free time volunteering for the St. Vincent’s Clinic.
Dr. Tiffany Ikwuagwu is passionate about caring for the diverse communities in Katy and Houston, TX. Having completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Houston, her medical degree at the Baylor College of Medicine, and her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the McGovern Medical School, she worked as principal investigator on a research project with Dr. Nana Ankumah at UT Houston. A member of the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Dr. Ikwuagwu has served in several leadership roles and has made many contributions to the community.
Yara Ramirez, MD earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University and her doctorate in medicine from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston where she also completed her residency. She won the Resident Teaching Award from UTMB’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for two consecutive years.
Dr. Ramirez has researched extensively on many obstetrics-related topics. She has been a Junior Fellow Representative for the UTMB Residency Program and a Medical Student Education Committee Member at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has volunteered for various local and foreign community programs. Her fluency in Spanish and French is an asset to her organization.
Nadia Alexander is a Board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center. With seven years of experience in women’s health and a focus on obstetrics and ambulatory gynecology (vaginitis, UTI, and vaginal bleeding), she provides quality, compassionate care to patients in various stages of reproductive life. She is fluent in English and Spanish and is the lead contact for our Telehealth service.