Providing Support and Treatment for Infertility
You are not alone. Did you know that 1 out of 8 couples trying to grow their families struggles with infertility, according to RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association? The caring, professional doctors and staff at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital are here to help.
Our infertility program focuses on all aspects of care — diagnosis, treatment, education and support. From management of polycystic ovary syndrome to fertility preservation for cancer patients, Cy-Fair is dedicated to helping you and your family through this journey.
Infertility means a couple hasn’t been able to get pregnant after one year of trying. It also may refer to situations when a woman is 35 or older and hasn’t been able to get pregnant after six months, or if she’s not been able to carry a pregnancy to term. Men can be infertile too. About one-third of infertility problems can be traced to the woman, about one-third to the man and the rest of the time it is because of either both partners or for no known reason.
Causes of Infertility
There are many reasons why a couple may be infertile.
In women, the most common causes include damage or blockage to the fallopian tube (which transports the egg from the ovary to the uterus), endometriosis (when cells lining the uterus grow in other areas of the body), ovulation disorders, elevated prolactin, polycystic ovary syndrome, early menopause, benign uterine fibroids and pelvic adhesions.
Male infertility is commonly associated with problems with the sperm, including impaired shape and movement of sperm, low concentrations of sperm, varicocele (varicose vein in the scrotum), undescended testicle, testosterone deficiency, infections or genetic defects. Men also may experience problems with the delivery of sperm, such as retrograde ejaculation (semen goes into the bladder), not having any semen, blockage of the ejaculatory ducts, misplaced urinary opening or anti-sperm antibodies.
Both men and women have many of the same risk factors that can contribute to infertility, including:
- Tobacco smoking
- Alcohol or drug use
- Certain medications
- Environmental toxins
- Genetic conditions
Doctors will work with both partners to determine the course of treatment. Treatment will depend on the cause, time infertile, age of the couple and their personal preferences.
Dealing with infertility can be stressful and time-consuming. Fortunately, there are many safe and effective ways to overcome infertility and approximately two-thirds of couples go on to have babies.
We’re Here to Help
To find a fertility specialist who’s right for you, use our online doctor search or (877) 274-0339 for a free referral to a specialist near you.