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Dr. Betty Acker- Infertility

In this week’s Brazos Valley Physician’s Organization Journal of Medicine Report, Dr. Betty Acker discusses infertility.

Infertility is a term that you here all the time. By definition, infertility is in the inability to conceive after a year of trying. So if the couple has been trying for a year, they meet that diagnosis criterion.

A lot of doctors and a lot of health professionals would recommend an evaluation after 6 months of trying. So once the patient presents and she is concerned that her and her partner and not able to conceive after six to twelve months of trying, evaluation will center on either problems with the woman, problems with the male, or combined problems.

For a man, there are few issues, specifically making sure that the male’s sperm count is of a number and of a quality adequate for fertilization and conception. For women, it’s a lot more difficult. There is ovulation. There can be problems with the lining of the uterus. There can be problems with the shape of the uterus preventing a pregnancy. There can be blockage of the tubes. There can be endometriosis. Sometimes ovulation has to be correct and that’s a very common issue.

We treat ovulation problems all the time with a single agent, sometimes a combination of agents. We have a really good success rate being able to help women get pregnant even if they’re not ovulating well enough to get pregnant on their own. an MRI can help differentiate between those types of conditions.

The Brazos Valley Physician’s Organization is a group of independent physicians who are determined to preserve the choice and the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship. Our vision is that the patient always comes first.

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