Jon T. Ricks, MD PA
Obstetrician & Gynecologist located in North Dallas, Frisco, TX
If you’re one of the 6.1 million women in the United States dealing with infertility, you can find comprehensive, compassionate help at the office of Jon T. Ricks, MD PA. Dr. Ricks offers diagnostic testing services in-office to identify the cause of female infertility. He also specializes in customized treatments like medications, intrauterine insemination, and other therapies to help you achieve a healthy, viable pregnancy. Call the office in Frisco, Texas, to schedule an infertility evaluation today or book an appointment online.
What is infertility?
Infertility is the inability to become pregnant after a year of having unprotected sex. For women over 35, infertility can also mean not getting pregnant after six months of trying.
In one-third of infertility cases, the cause relates to underlying issues in the female partner. In another one-third of cases, the issues lie with the man. In the remaining one-third of infertility cases, there’s no identifiable reason for not being able to conceive.
Common causes of infertility in women include:
- Irregular periods
- Endocrine disorders
- Excess scar tissue from surgery
- Structural abnormalities in the reproductive organs
In men, causes of infertility can relate to poor sperm quality or production, testicle enlargement, trauma, and the use of certain medications.
How is infertility diagnosed?
To identify the underlying cause of infertility, Dr. Ricks offers comprehensive physical exams and reviews your personal and family medical history. He also discusses your diet and other lifestyle habits.
Dr. Ricks checks your reproductive organs to determine if you have conditions like endometriosis or blockages in your fallopian tubes that prevent sperm from meeting egg. You may also need blood work to rule out or confirm infections or undiagnosed endocrine disorders.
How is infertility treated?
Your treatment plan for infertility depends on the results of your diagnostic testing, your age, and your overall health.
Dr. Ricks customizes your treatment plan to restore your fertility. He may recommend:
Medications like clomiphene citrate, metformin, letrozole, and gonadotropins are available to treat ovulation disorders. They stimulate your ovaries to produce eggs for fertilization.
Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
IUI is a type of artificial insemination that involves the placement of sperm into your uterus to increase the likelihood of fertilization.
Minimally invasive surgery
You may also need fertility restoration surgery to remove scar tissue or endometrial tissue that interferes with conception.
Dr. Ricks offers minimally-invasive laparoscopic and da Vinci® robotic surgery to address underlying gynecological issues that interfere with fertility and a healthy pregnancy.
If these therapies aren’t enough to treat infertility, Dr. Ricks may refer you for additional care with an assisted reproductive specialist, who can discuss your options for in-vitro fertilization and other specialized fertility treatments.
If you’re ready for a family but have difficulties becoming pregnant, call the office of Jon T. Ricks, MD PA, today or book an appointment online.