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When to See a Fertility Specialist

by | February 20th, 2018

Know when to see a fertility specialist You might think that it should be easy to conceive when you’re ready to grow your family, but sometimes nature needs a nudge. Although it can be tempting to keep trying on your own – even after seeing multiple negative pregnancy tests – it’s important to know when  

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Should I see a fertility specialist?

Summer James, M.D.

by | July 16th, 2013

Getting pregnant is supposed to be easy, right? Unfortunately it’s not easy for everyone. One in eight couples will struggle with infertility. When you should involve a fertility specialist depends on your age as well as if you have any obvious obstacles like irregular menses. First I should explain that trying to conceive means unprotected  

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What San Antonio Should Know about Fertility Specialist Dr. Summer James

by | May 14th, 2013

Q: You were once chief resident, and likely had your pick of sub-specialties. Why did you choose reproductive endocrinology? A: We perform rotations as interns, so I spent time with reproductive endocrinologists during my residency. I saw my first ultrasounds during that time, and experienced moments when couples saw or heard the baby’s heartbeat. That  

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After Infertility: Advice from TFC Parents

by | April 2nd, 2013

Texas Fertility Center’s 27th IVF Baby Reunion, set for April 7, got us thinking: What words of comfort, encouragement and advice can our parents with success stories offer current patients? Surely they remember what it’s like in the trenches: braving fertility drug injections, mood swings and revolving-door fertility appointments. Our TFC fertility nurses, reproductive endocrinologists  

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Sometimes Symptomless, Endometrial Polyps Can Cause Infertility

Thomas Vaughn, M.D.

by | September 7th, 2012

If you’ve checked the box “bleeding between periods” or “irregular menstrual periods” on your health history form, your obgyn or fertility doctor may suspect a number of causes, including endometrial polyps. These overgrowths on the inside lining (endometrium) of the uterine wall are common and usually benign, but can interfere with your goal of getting pregnant. Studies  

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Surgical Evaluation of Infertility

Lisa Hansard, M.D.

by | June 30th, 2012

Female infertility can be caused by multiple factors. Among the most common are ovulation disorders, fallopian tube disease, endometriosis, and uterine defects. While problems with ovulation are managed primarily with medications, the remaining conditions are most commonly diagnosed and treated with surgical intervention. Sonogram imaging of the uterus and ovaries may show conditions such as  

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Next Step: Surgery

by | June 28th, 2012

After completing your fertility evaluation, your physician may recommend surgery as a next step. Surgery can be an excellent way to diagnose and treat many gynecological problems such as: endometriosis, ovarian cysts, pelvic and/or intrauterine adhesions, uterine fibroids, endometrial polyps, fallopian tube disease and obstruction, and congenital abnormalities of the pelvic organs such as a  

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Hydrosalpinx and Infertility

Kaylen Silverberg, M.D.

by | June 26th, 2012

What is a hydrosalpinx? Though it sounds like an exotic Egyptian relic, a hydrosalpinx is a swollen and blocked fallopian tube. Because the end of the fallopian tube is closed off by scar tissue, fluid abnormally collects, causing further swelling and dilation of the fallopian tube. Hydrosalpinges usually occur as a result of previous pelvic  

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Poor Ovarian Reserve and IVF Outcomes

Kaylen Silverberg, M.D.

by | May 30th, 2012

In general, women with low ovarian reserve will have difficulty in achieving pregnancy. But what about in advanced reproductive technology (ART) such as IVF? Ovarian Reserve Let’s first discuss what the term ovarian reserve means. Ovarian reserve refers to quantity, or number, of eggs remaining that are available to achieve pregnancy. We are unable to  

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Why Should A Woman Having Trouble Conceiving Consider Having A Laparoscopy?

Thomas Vaughn, M.D.

by | April 1st, 2012

The basic evaluation for couples struggling to become pregnant includes a semen analysis, blood tests to evaluate ovarian function, a hysterosalpingogram and a pelvic sonogram to evaluate the uterus and fallopian tubes. It is not uncommon for couples to undergo this basic evaluation for infertility and find that all of their tests are normal. At  

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