New Lives: Infertility

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Bringing new lives into the world can be a complex process involving a range of medical professionals. This week on Health Watch, we’ll look at some issues, from fertility to labor.

When it comes to fertility, sometimes nature needs a little medical help. Dr. Lisa Halvorson, an obstetrician and gynecologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says infertility is usually defined as the inability to conceive after a year of trying, but some couples may benefit from seeking help sooner. Women over 35 who haven’t conceived after six months should talk to their doctors about an evaluation. Other women who may need earlier medical intervention include those who have had pelvic infections, previous tubal pregnancies, surgery or radiation to the pelvic area or chemotherapy.

Next: It’s not always the woman who has fertility problems.


February 2007

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