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Fertility and infertility specialists at ARC

Starting a family and conceiving a child seems simple and natural, but fertility depends on many factors. Infertility affects 10 to 15 percent of couples of childbearing age, making it the most common health condition for adults ages 20 to 45.

When a couple experiences infertility, most often both partners have fertility issues; therefore, both should seek medical care. At ARC, fertility specialist Dr. Maya Bledsoe, has helped couples successfully become pregnant and create families.

Reproductive Medicine treatment and care

At ARC, your reproductive medicine team and fertility specialist will work with you and your partner to diagnose and treat reproductive disorders. Once you begin to explore the medical causes and discover fertility treatments that may be able to help, there is hope for a successful pregnancy.

Your ARC reproductive medicine care team includes your obstetrician/gynecologists (Ob/Gyn) or primary care doctor who works with ARC fertility specialist Dr. Maya Bledsoe and the ARC staff to coordinate your care.

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Basal Body Temperature

Basal Body Temperature

Importance of basal body temperature for conception

Basal body temperature (BBT) is your morning body temperature before you get out of bed. Ovulation may cause a slight increase in basal body temperature. You'll be most fertile during the two to three days before your temperature rises. By tracking your basal BBT each day, you may be able to predict when you'll ovulate. This may help you determine when you're most likely to conceive.

Remember, when it comes to getting pregnant, timing is everything.

Instructions for charting basal body temperature

It’s important to check your temperature every day and track that temperature on your BBT chart. Your basal body temperature chart is an important tool for your treatment. Please bring your temperature charts to every appointment. Blank charts and detailed instructions on use can be found on our basal body temperature charts and instructions.

If you're hoping to get pregnant, you can use the basal body temperature method to determine the best days to have sex.

Fertility Care

Fertility Care

Treating infertility requires knowing the causes. Female and male infertility can be caused by underlying diseases and conditions, including thyroid and parathyroid disorders & diseases and hormonal disorders.

Fertility Services

Fertility Services

Whether you plan to start a family soon or grow your current family, fertility problems can make the exciting time more challenging. Many different medical conditions and other factors can contribute to infertility, affecting men and women equally.

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Infertility Treatment

Infertility Treatment

ARC fertility specialists work with you to see what can be causing infertility. Some causes include failure to ovulate, endometriosis, abnormal uterus, low sperm count, or erectile function.

Intrauterine Insemination

Intrauterine Insemination

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a procedure in which sperm is placed into the uterus using a small catheter. This treatment improves the chances of fertilization by increasing the number of healthy sperm that reach the fallopian tubes when the woman is most fertile.

Male and Female Infertility

Male and Female Infertility

Male infertility treatment and care

Male infertility can be due to several factors, including low sperm production and abnormal sperm function. Lifestyle and environmental factors for both men and women can also contribute to a couple’s infertility. These can include stress, obesity, smoking, alcohol intake, and exposure to toxins and chemicals.

As you explore the medical causes of male infertility through blood and fertility testing and semen and sperm analysis with your fertility doctor, there are medical, surgical, and fertility treatments to help with conception.

Female infertility treatment and care

Female infertility can be due to several factors, including failure to ovulate, an abnormal uterus, endometriosis, or thyroid problems. Lifestyle and environmental factors can also contribute to a couple’s infertility.

At ARC, our first step in infertility treatment involves diagnosing the cause through testing and then planning a course of care, which might include artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization (IVF) to help you with conception.

Tests include:

  • Sperm count (semen analysis) - At least two semen samples are taken on separate days. Your provider will check the semen and sperm for many things. These include how much semen you make, how uniform it is, and how acidic it is. He or she will also look at how many sperm you make, how well they move, and what shape they are.
  • Blood tests - Your provider may use blood tests to check hormone levels and rule out other problems.
  • Other tests - Your provider does these tests to find the cause of sperm defects or health problems of the male reproductive system. For instance, imaging tests like an ultrasound may be used to look at your testicles, blood vessels, and structures inside the scrotum.
  • Testicular biopsy - If semen analysis shows that you have only a few sperm or no sperm, your provider may remove a small piece of tissue (biopsy) from each testicle. The sample will be checked under a microscope.

Male infertility can be treated in a number of ways, depending on the cause of infertility. Treatment options include:

  • Fertility help - This treatment involves helping your partner get pregnant. This may be through artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization (IVF), and gamete intra-fallopian transfer (GIFT) work like artificial insemination. Your provider collects your sperm. Then he or she mixes your partner’s eggs with a lot of high-quality sperm. He or she may mix the eggs and sperm in the lab or in your partner’s fallopian tube.
  • Medicine - Hormone treatment may help if you have a hormone disorder causing your infertility. Hormone imbalances can affect how sperm develop. They may be caused by a problem in how the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and testes interact. Treatment may include gonadotropin therapy or antibiotics.
  • Surgery - Your provider may use surgery to fix problems that keep sperm from being made, matured, or ejaculated. Surgery to remove twisted, swollen veins in the scrotum (varicocele) can sometimes improve the quality of sperm.

Reproductive Endocrinology

Reproductive Endocrinology

Your reproductive medicine team and fertility specialist will work with you and your partner to diagnose and treat reproductive disorders. Once you begin to explore the medical causes and discover fertility treatments that may be able to help.

Semen Analysis

Semen Analysis

A semen analysis measures sperm count, the quantity and quality of semen and sperm. This is used to determine whether a man might be infertile.

Thyroid Ultrasound

Thyroid Ultrasound

Thyroid ultrasounds use sound waves to examine the thyroid gland within the neck.

Conditions

Androgen Deficiency

Androgen Deficiency

Low levels of the hormone androgen can cause general weakness and sexual problems in males. In females, androgen may affect thinking and bone strength. It may also prevent the ovaries from working the way they should.

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Endometriosis

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a main cause of infertility in women. This can happen if the tissue implants in the ovaries, fallopian tubes, or on other organs in the pelvis and, in some cases, outside the pelvis.

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Female Infertility

Female Infertility

Some factors like age, chronic diseases, and abnormalities can affect how a woman ovulates, gets pregnant, or gives birth to a baby.

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Fertility Disorders

Fertility Disorders

Female disorders can cause infertility, a reproductive system problem that affects the body's ability to reproduce. It could be caused by a problem with the person's system.

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Hormonal Imbalances

Hormonal Imbalances

Hormonal imbalances are caused by having too little or too much of a hormone in your body.

Hypogonadism

Hypogonadism

Hypogonadism is a condition that happens mostly in males. It's found in males with low testosterone and low sperm production.

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Male Infertility

Male Infertility

Male infertility may be due to low sperm production, abnormal sperm function, or blockages that prevent the delivery of sperm. Injuries, chronic illnesses, lifestyle choices and other factors can cause male infertility.

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Menstrual Irregularities

Menstrual Irregularities

Menorrhagia is heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding. It can be related to a number of conditions including problems with the uterus, hormone problems, or other conditions.

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Ovarian Dysfunction

Ovarian Dysfunction

Ovarian dysfunction is a condition in which the ovaries stop working and menstrual periods stop before age 40. This can cause fertility problems and symptoms of menopause.

Progesterone Imbalances

Progesterone Imbalances

The most important role of progesterone is to get your uterus ready so it can receive, implant, and support a fertilized egg during pregnancy. Progesterone imbalances can affect your ability to become pregnant.

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Reproductive Endocrine Disorders in Men and Women

Reproductive Endocrine Disorders in Men and Women

Endocrine disorders can be caused by improper function of the glands that secrete hormones, the receptors that respond to hormones, and the organs that are directly impacted by hormones.

Thyroid Disorders and Diseases

Thyroid Disorders and Diseases

Thyroid disorders and diseases include hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, postpartum thyroiditis, and cancer.

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Locations & Providers

  • ARC Seton Northwest
    11111 Research Blvd Suite 475
    Austin, TX 78759
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    • Maya B. Bledsoe, MD
      Maya B. Bledsoe, MD
      Reproductive Medicine Endocrinology
      4.8

      Languages: Marathi

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