Moving Past Female Infertility, Texas Fertility Center Creates Your Plan
What stands between you and a healthy pregnancy?
At Texas Fertility Center San Antonio, we expertly find and correct the causes of both female and male infertility. In fact, we have more than three decades of experience helping couples move past recurrent miscarriage and infertility.
By the numbers: female infertility problems account for more than one-half of all cases of infertility.
Trying to get pregnant without success can take a toll on your mental and physical health, and our San Antonio fertility specialists and clinical care team understand the importance of discovering a cause so that you can move forward with your plans to start or add to your family.
Dr. Erika Munch joined Texas Fertility Center San Antonio with a commitment to help women in San Antonio, Corpus Christi, the Texas Valley, and throughout Latin America resolve female infertility.
A One Cycle Evaluation Can Shed Light on Causes of Female Infertility
Tell us about your trouble getting pregnant.
Have you experienced recurrent miscarriages?
Are you bothered by excessive facial or body hair, acne, or weight gain?
Do you have irregular or painful periods?
In your initial interview, our fertility physicians will gather specific information to ascertain the causes of female infertility, recommend a testing schedule, and create a treatment plan based on your timeline and goals. Of course, they will also evaluate your male partner at the same time.
Common Causes of Female Infertility:
- Age-related infertility
- Uterine factors such as fibroids, polyps, or developmental abnormalities
- Ovulation disorders such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)*
- Anatomic issues, such as blocked fallopian tubes or pelvic adhesions
In most cases, Dr. Munch and Dr. Hudson can find and diagnose the causes of female infertility by evaluating a single menstrual cycle – from the first day through ovulation and the luteal phase.
For example, PCOS and age-related infertility can cause problems with ovulation; endometriosis can cause pain with periods or pain with sex, fibroids or polyps can cause pain or irregular bleeding; and a luteal phase defect can lead to failed implantation or recurrent miscarriage.
Your evaluation for female infertility may include one or more of the following testing tools:
- Monitoring of hormone levels & ovarian function with an ovulation prediction kit, vaginal ultrasound, and blood work.
- Determination of ovarian reserve (remaining egg supply) with a simple blood test performed on the third day of the menstrual cycle
- Hysterosalpingogram (x-ray) or sonohysterogram (ultrasound) testing to evaluate the uterine cavity and fallopian tubes
- In certain cases, minimally invasive fertility surgery, such as laparoscopy or hysteroscopy to treat anatomic issues affecting the fallopian tubes, ovaries, or uterus*
Next Steps after Determining the Cause of Your Female Infertility
Reproductive medicine provides many options for curing female, as well as male, infertility, and our physicians will guide you through each phase of fertility treatment. Ovulation induction with Clomid, Femara, or injectable fertility medications combined with intrauterine insemination (IUI) may resolve your infertility, or you may require more advanced reproductive medicine options, such as:
- In-vitro fertilization (IVF)
- Preimplantation genetic diagnosis or screening
- Donor sperm or donor egg
- Advanced fertility surgery
Deciding to partner with a fertility specialist will provide the best chance for getting pregnant, despite obstacles caused by female infertility. Both Dr. Munch and Dr. Hudson specialize in determining the causes of female infertility, and welcome new patients in our San Antonio fertility clinic.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Erica Munch or Dr. Susan Hudson, our fertility doctors in San Antonio.