Infertility Dallas and Fort Worth
If you and your partner have been unable to have a baby on your own, it is important to realize that you are not alone - around 15% of couples in the United States are infertile. Infertility is defined as the inability to achieve pregnancy after one year of unprotected intercourse. If you have been trying to conceive for a year or longer, you should consider an infertility evaluation. However, if you are 35 years or older, you should begin the infertility evaluation after about six months of unprotected intercourse (rather than a year) and not delay potentially needed treatment. In addition, if you have a known fertility problem (such as very irregular menses suggesting you are not ovulating), you should probably not wait an entire year before seeking treatment. Since at least 25% of infertile couples have more than one factor causing infertility, it is important to evaluate all factors that may affect both you and your partner.
Problems with ovulation are common causes of infertility, accounting for approximately 25% of all infertility cases. If you have regular menstrual cycles, you are probably ovulating. If you have a period every few months or not at all, you are probably not ovulating or ovulating infrequently. If you are not ovulating, your physician may order tests to determine the reason and then prescribe certain medications, either oral or injectable, to induce ovulation.