IVF Galveston TX

Local resource for infertility in Galveston. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to fertility specialists who can help you get through the hurdles associated with conception problems, anovulation, male fertility and female infertility, as well as advice on in vitro fertilization (IVF), follicle stimulating hormones (FSH), and fertility treatments.

Christopher John Wilson, MD
(512) 451-3131
2929 Dominique Dr
Galveston, TX
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1973
Hospital
Hospital: St Davids Med Ctr, Austin, Tx
Group Practice: Gynics Associates

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Sean Daryl Wengroff, MD
(409) 935-5926
Galveston, TX
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1996
Hospital
Hospital: Mainland Med Ctr, Texas City, Tx

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Charles Emil Fougerousse, MD
(409) 763-5703
517 University Blvd
Galveston, TX
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx 77550
Graduation Year: 1962

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Charles Louis Fougerousse, MD
(936) 639-4463
517 University Blvd
Galveston, TX
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx 77550
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: Memorial Med Ctr Of East Texas, Lufkin, Tx
Group Practice: East Texas Women's Clinic

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Mae Ellen Meitzen Kelver, MD
(409) 772-3987
Galveston, TX
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx 77550
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: University Of Texas Medical Br, Galveston, Tx
Group Practice: Ut Med Univ Of Texas Med Branch Galveston

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Stephanie P Cunningham, DO
(409) 772-3009
4806 Avenue O
Galveston, TX
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of N Tx Hlth Sci Ctr, Tx Coll Osteo Med, Ft Worth Tx 76107
Graduation Year: 1995

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Merle Sharber Lenihan, MD
(513) 232-1253
Galveston, TX
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1988

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Angela Denise Houghton, MD
(281) 604-1300
200 University Blvd
Galveston, TX
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx 77550
Graduation Year: 1990

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Daniel Paul Mc Donald, MD
702 N Holiday Dr
Galveston, TX
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of South Al Coll Of Med, Mobile Al 36688
Graduation Year: 1994

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Deanna D Mc Donald, MD
702 N Holiday Dr
Galveston, TX
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: U Of Tx Med Sch At Houston, Houston Tx 77225
Graduation Year: 1994

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Infertility

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By Miki Shima, o.m.d.

Over the 23 years I’ve been in practice, I’ve helped hundreds of couples become pregnant without high-tech or pharmaceutical interventions. But many of my patients also add Chinese medicine to conventional fertility treatments to increase their effectiveness and alleviate some of the side effects.

Looking eastward has another benefit, too. In the rush to develop increasingly sophisticated ways to treat infertility, doctors often skip over a critical element: bolstering the patient’s overall health, which can suffer in the course of treatment. Where Western medicine concentrates solely on the reproductive organs, Chinese medicine works to strengthen and balance all systems of the body, using a combination of acupuncture, herbs, and nutritional supplements.

Here are some of the fertility-related questions I hear most often.

Q: I’ve been trying to conceive for one year, so far unsuccessfully, and I’d like to avoid the hassle and expense of conventional fertility treatments. How effective is Chinese medicine alone in helping women get pregnant?

A:
That depends on several factors. Your first step should be to see your gynecologist for a few exams. She can check for any physical obstructions that might be preventing pregnancy, such as a blockage in your fallopian tubes, and assess your levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), which affects ovulation, to make sure you haven’t entered early menopause. If your FSH levels are above 10, your chances of getting pregnant without any kind of conventional fertility treatment are very small; if you have high FSH levels and an obstruction, your chances are essentially zero.

However, if your FSH levels are 9 or below, and there are no physical obstructions, traditional Chinese medicine alone can substantially improve your odds. For instance, if you are between the ages of 35 and 40 and your FSH is around 9, you have about a 4 percent chance of getting pregnant without any treatment whatsoever; with acupuncture and Chinese herbs, I’ve found that the probability rises to about 25 percent.

If you do need to see an infertility doctor, Chinese medicine can still help. Many of my patients are women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) or egg donation, and I’ve found that adding acupuncture, supplements, and herbs to the mix can raise their success rate by about 15 to 25 percent. One recent study from Germany reported that women who received a regular course of acupuncture immediately before and after in vitro fertilization were 58 percent more likely to get pregnant than those who underwent IVF alone.

Q: Will the fertility herbs my acupuncturist gave me interfere with the fertility drugs I’m taking?

A: No, with one exception. The drug Lupron is prescribed to shut down hormone production (as part of IVF treatment), so herbs that promote hormonal activity can interfere with it. I tell my patients to stop all herbal treatments while taking this drug.

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