Infertility and Reproductive Health
Infertility is the inability to get pregnant or conceive, typically after one year of unprotected sex. There are a number of factors that may contribute to infertility, so visiting a specialist may help.
Our multi-disciplinary reproductive endocrinology team is skilled in managing infertility and other reproductive health conditions.
These specialists take into account both the male and female role in reproduction and can help manage complex reproductive problems. The program's multi-disciplinary medical team delivers high-level, personalized care and treatment for every patient.
Dr. Thomas Wincek, Chief, Section of Reproductive Endocrinology,
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, talks about infertility
Some of the conditions treated by our reproductive endocrinology team include:
- Infertility — inability to conceive despite having frequent, unprotected sex for a year (for most) or six months (in certain circumstances).
- Endometriosis — when the tissue that normally lines the inside of a woman's uterus grows somewhere else. Commonly involves ovaries, bowel or tissue lining the pelvis.
- Reproductive tract abnormalities — both acquired and developmental issues with reproductive organs.
- Neuroendocrine dysfunction—a variety of conditions caused by imbalances in the body’s hormone production directly related to the brain.
- Ovulatory dysfunction — irregular or absent ovulation (the release of an egg from the ovary) needed for pregnancy to occur. This is one of the more frequent causes of female infertility.
- Recurrent pregnancy loss—defined by two or more failed pregnancies with an unknown cause.
What are symptoms of infertility?
Providers recommend seeing an infertility specialist if you have been trying to get pregnant for a year and haven’t been successful.
There are some variations of this recommendation, especially for the following:
- Older patients
- If you have had trouble conceiving in the past
- Medical history
Our Services and Treatments
Before you begin treatment at Scott & White, our reproductive endocrinologists will explore all available options and help you decide the best treatment path, which could include multifaceted assisted reproductive technologies.
Some of our treatments options include:
- Fertility medications
- Surgery (to treat things like endometriosis, fibroids, etc.)
- Intrauterine insemination (IUI) – Also known as artificial insemination, IUI involves the insertion of sperm into the woman’s uterus during ovulation. IUI is available seven days a week, using either the partner’s sperm or donor sperm. IUI is often needed as a treatment for low sperm count and poor sperm motility.
- In Vitro fertilization (IVF)
- Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection
- Assisted hatching and cryopreservation of pre-implantation embryos and sperm cells
- Embryo and semen storage (cryopreservation)
- Using donor eggs and embryos
- Diagnosis and treatment of male infertility
- Vasectomy reversal
To schedule an appointment with an infertility specialist, call 254-724-2314.
Does insurance cover infertility treatments?
At Scott & White, you’ll find our infertility treatments and services to be considerably less than many of our competitors, which is helpful since some expenses may not be covered by insurance.
At your initial consultation, Scott & White financial advisors can go over costs and can help figure out what your insurance may cover. Many insurance plans will cover initial consultation, diagnostic testing and medications. Some plans may also cover all or a portion of certain procedures, including IUI and IVF treatments. If your insurance doesn’t cover fertility treatments, Scott & White financial advisors can help find additional financial assistance for patients who qualify.