Infertility affects many people who have tried and failed to conceive through natural methods. You are not alone!
Dr. Sonja Kristiansen provides cutting-edge, effective infertility treatments to help you achieve the family of your dreams.
Discover the possibilities at our Houston, TX, practice...
Understanding the Basics
The goal of infertility treatment is to diagnose the underlying issues in the male and female reproductive systems and offer methods to overcome those obstacles. Infertility solutions may include:
- Lifestyle changes
- Surgical treatment
- Non-surgical procedures
Trust Houston Fertility Center To Support You Through Treatment
Dr. Kristiansen has been treating patients struggling with infertility since 1995. Assisted reproductive technology has changed greatly in the last two decades. We continue to evolve and grow with the latest innovations in fertility treatment to provide patients throughout Texas and beyond with top-of-the-line care.
If you are struggling with fertility, it can be challenging to overcome the obstacles alone. We provide a wide range of infertility treatments to suit your needs, and family planning goals including in vitro fertilization (IVF), IUI, and INVOcell®. Learn more about your options by meeting with our compassionate and experienced team of fertility specialists. Reach us online, or by calling:
How Real Patients Describe Their Experience at Houston Fertility Center
Dr Kristiansen and her staff are amazing! I did invocell and had a great experience. I liked that I always got a staff person on the phone when I called. They are great at returning emails quickly too. You won’t be disappointed. They will take good care of you!View On Google
I did fertility treatment 2013 I love the staff my twins are 4 yrs old July 12, 2014 the best day of my LIFEView On Google
Improvements in assisted reproductive technology have increased the success of fertility treatments...
The first step in treating infertility is testing...
Evaluating Fertility in Women
The doctor will perform a blood test to measure ovulatory, pituitary, and other hormone levels that can affect reproduction and determine whether you're ovulating or not.
This procedure evaluates the condition of your fallopian tubes and uterus. Dr. Kristiansen will check for blockages, uterine fibroids, or other problems.
On some occasions, we will perform this minimally invasive surgery to examine your fallopian tubes, ovaries, and uterus. The doctor will make a small incision and insert a thin viewing device beneath the navel. A laparoscopy can identify endometriosis, scarring, and other irregularities in the reproductive system.
Begin Improving Your Chances of Pregnancy
The road to pregnancy can be challenging for many people. We can help you increase your chances of success and achieve your dream family. Schedule your consultation at Houston Fertility Center today to learn more about the types of treatment we offer for patients struggling with infertility.
Evaluating Fertility in Men
You will provide a semen sample for the doctor to analyze. We will test your sperm count as well as the shape and mobility of the cells.
We may ask for a blood test to determine your testosterone levels and other male hormones.
In rare circumstances, we may want to perform a testicular biopsy to identify abnormalities that could contribute to infertility.
Depending on the results of your fertility tests, we can recommend several forms of treatment...
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
Intrauterine insemination is a fertility treatment that involves transferring semen directly into the uterus with assisted reproductive technology. During an IUI treatment, the sperm are washed, placed into a sterile medium, and injected directly into the uterus. The high placement in the female reproductive tract increases the chance of successful fertilization. Intrauterine insemination is less invasive than IVF and is usually one of the first treatments we recommend to treat infertility. IUI may not be successful in cases of severe male infertility or blocked fallopian tubes.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
In vitro fertilization involves fertilizing mature eggs in a controlled environment and then transferring the embryo back into the uterus. IVF is a revolutionary treatment used to overcome a wide range of fertility issues including ovulation disorders, damaged fallopian tubes, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and poor sperm mobility. We typically recommend less invasive methods such as fertility drugs or IUI before moving on to IVF. An entire cycle of IVF takes about three weeks from egg retrieval to a blood test determining pregnancy.
The main difference between INVOcell and IVF is that fertilization occurs within the body rather than a lab. Hormones stimulate the body to ovulate and release mature eggs which the doctor then retrieves. The egg and sperm cells are placed together in the tiny INVOcell device, which stays securely in the vaginal cavity for three to five days allowing for incubation. The fact that fertilization occurs within the body is attractive to many patients with certain religious beliefs or those who are uncomfortable with the idea of a lab controlling the early stages of embryonic development.
Eggs are donated for patients who have lost their ovaries, have premature ovarian failure, or advanced maternal age. These donors are screened for genetic, emotional, and physical health abnormalities, smoking, drug use, and sexually transmitted diseases. We record the characteristics of our donors so patients can select those who align with their own physical traits if they desire.
Women who can produce healthy eggs but are unable to use their uterus may consider a gestational surrogate carrier. A donated egg may also be used with a gestational surrogate in the event a woman can’t produce her own eggs. In either case, you may use your partner's sperm or donated sperm to fertilize the egg. Using IVF, we transfer the embryo into the surrogate's uterus to carry until term, however, there is no biological tie between the child and the surrogate.
A Closer Look at Intrauterine Insemination
Not all fertility treatments involve medical procedures...
"We had such a great experience!" More 5-Star Reviews
"After trying to grow our family for 2.5 years without any luck we finally decided to try a fertility treatment. I had so much anxiety going into this whole process but everyone there was so great to work with... We ended up trying Invocell and it worked on the first time, we are now expecting twins! We can’t thank them enough for everything!" Chelsea Jowers (2020)
Time Is Running Out
Houston Fertility Center is the first clinic in Houston to offer INVOcell - a new, revolutionary and affordable treatment option for $6,300 per cycle! Must meet eligibility requirements. Medication costs vary depending upon the pharmacy. Schedule a consultation for details!
We are also proud to now offer Natural Cycle INVOcell, Reciprocal INVOcell and PGT with INVOcell. Call for details and
Schedule your consultation today to learn more.