Many women grow up dreaming of what their families will look like. Whether it’s planned to see one child at the dinner table or a basketball team full of boys, seeing those dreams of your future family slip away after months or years of trying to get pregnant can be heartbreaking. Suddenly pregnant women and babies are everywhere and each time you lay eyes on a sweet infant can feel like another blow to your heart.
In fact, nearly four out of ten couples can have trouble conceiving. If you’ve been trying for a baby for more than a year without a pregnancy, it may be time to talk to Dr. Taryll Jenkins about your options for parenthood.
Just because planning for parenthood requires more than simply dreaming and purchasing diapers in bulk, doesn’t mean that you can’t conceive and carry a pregnancy to term. There are many reasons for infertility and once the underlying cause is determined, you can proceed with treatment, if necessary. For many couples, the combination of medical treatment or advice with patience can result in a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby.
Female infertility is often caused by an issue with ovulation, your cervix, or damage to your fallopian tube. Contrary to what many patients believe, ovulation is not always a given. Certain hormones, or lack thereof, can prevent ovulation, which prevents pregnancy. Additionally, if a woman has issues with the cervix, it can prevent sperm from passing through. Finally, if the patient has damage to the fallopian tubes it can cause endometriosis or infection, which can also lead to infertility.
In addition to undergoing female infertility testing, the male should also be tested. Low sperm count or sperm with poor quality can lead to infertility. Additional causes can be an imbalance of hormones and genetic defects. It’s also important to note that in some cases, no cause can be found.
Planning for your family should be an exciting and fun time. If an inability to get pregnant is causing you emotional stress, call Dr. Jenkins today to schedule a consultation. We will learn more about your family history and determine if testing needs to be scheduled. Don’t continue to go without answers. Call today and start your journey to the family you’ve dreamed of.
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.