It’s often quoted that making the decision to have a baby is making a decision to forever change your life. For some women, the path to parenthood is uneventful. She makes the decision, gets pregnant quickly, and is soon holding a newborn baby in her arms. For others, months of trying lead to repeated disappointment, frustration, and anxiety when the pregnancy test fails to show the positive sign.
Dr. Taryll Jenkins understands that infertility can be one of the greatest challenges in a couple’s life. He also knows that infertility is not equivalent to sterility and is committed to helping his patients determine the cause for their pregnancy challenges so that it can be treated.
It’s important to note that infertility can be caused by female issues, male issues, or both. In many situations, female infertility is caused by something going wrong during the ovulation process. Ovulation is the body’s way of releasing an egg to be fertilized. Some factors affecting ovulation and fertility can be controlled, such as smoking, excessively drinking alcohol, poor nutrition, being over or underweight, and lack of physical activity.
However some conditions, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome can’t be controlled or altered by simply changing lifestyle habits. Further, as women are waiting until they’re older to have children, age is sometimes a factor as there may not be as many eggs left, the body may not release the eggs, or they may not be viable for fertilization is affected as a woman ages.
Most physicians suggest that women try to get pregnant for at least 12 months before seeking out fertility treatment. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of timing. However, women who are older than 35 should call their physician after six months as time is more critical.
There are many types of infertility treatments. In some cases oral medication or fertility shots can spark ovulation. In other case surgery might be warranted to help clear fallopian tubes that are blocked or clogged. Still in other cases, options include donor eggs, artificial insemination, in-vitro fertilization, or surrogacy. The treatment selected for each individual woman is a personal decision. Dr. Jenkins provides each patient with the information she and her partner need to make the best decision for their family. For more information about fertility treatments in the Katy area, call Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine.
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.