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OBGYN Services

Infertility Testing and Treatment in Dallas, TX

How is Female Infertility Tested?

Generally, the first step will be to determine if the woman is ovulating each month. This could be accomplished by using a home ovulation test kit, a blood test or even an ultrasound of the ovaries. If ovulation appears normal, the following tests are commonly performed:

  • Hysterosalpingography. This test uses an x-ray to determine if the Fallopian tubes are open and allowing the egg to pass freely. In addition, your physician will be able to detect any abnormalities inside of the uterus.
  • Laparoscopy. A tiny camera will be inserted into a small incision in the lower abdomen in order for the doctor to observe the ovaries, Fallopian tubes and uterus. Your physician will also be able to see any scarring or evidence of Endometriosis.

What are My Options for Infertility Treatment?

The suggested treatment will depend on the the type of problem, the age of the woman and her personal preferences. Each woman is unique so not every treatment plan will be the same. The list below is far from comprehensive, but it introduces some of the most common forms of treatment.

Medication

Medications are useful in treating ovulation issues. Typically, they will attempt to regulate hormone levels. Women who take fertility drugs have an increased risk for delivering multiple children (twins, triplets, etc.)

Surgery

While medication typically solves fertility issues, surgery is an option for women who have physical abnormalities in their reproductive system. A surgeon may be able to correct irregular uterine shape, remove fibroids and clear blocked Fallopian tubes.

Reproductive Assistance 

This treatment will achieve pregnancy through manipulation of the sperm and eggs. Some women choose to have intrauterine insemination performed. This is the processes of introducing millions of sperm directly into the uterus during ovulation. Other women will have an egg that has been fertilized in a lab placed into her uterus.

Treat Female Infertility with Dr. Tricia Shimer, Dallas OBGYN

Discovering the cause of female infertility can be a long and emotional process, but Dr. Shimer will be with you every step of the way. She will make it her goal to find the right solution for you and your growing family. To book an appointment, please call (469) 364-3760.

Tricia Shimer, M.D., P.A. is closely following the most up-to-date announcements and information on the known cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Because this information is always changing, we will be monitoring all updates from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control. 

We are sill open during our normal hours and are providing care and services to all of our patients. 

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, please make sure to contact us via phone prior to your appointment. You may also contact us for any additional questions by calling our office at (469) 364-3760. 

Here are a few additional resources as well: 

World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control

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