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Healthy Lifestyle Choices for Boosting Fertility

Healthy Lifestyle Choices for Boosting Fertility

How you choose to live your life each day can impact your fertility. Choosing to live a healthy lifestyle, such as managing your weight, eating right, and exercising, enhances your fertility. Let’s take a look at some lifestyle choices and how they impact your health and fertility:

Effects of Body Weight on Fertility

Maintaining a healthy weight alleviates many of the strains on the body that can interfere with getting pregnant, such as elevated blood sugar levels and high blood pressure. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), 12 percent of all infertility cases are caused because women either weigh too little or too much. The issue is estrogen, a sex hormone produced in the fat cells. With too much body fat, your body over produces estrogen, and your body begins to react as if it is on birth control, which reduces your odds of becoming pregnant. The inverse is true for women with too little body fat. By not consuming enough calories and not weighing enough, their bodies cannot produce enough estrogen, and their reproductive cycles begin to shut down. It is recommended that you visit your physician to assess your individual health situation to determine the appropriateness of your weight.

Regular exercise can also help control your weight and manage stress often associated with trying to conceive. Working out stimulates the endocrine glands to secrete hormones that produce egg growth. Getting your heart rate up for thirty minutes a day will not only enhance your fertility, but release any daily frustrations before they have a chance to build up. Aspire Fertility is happy to offer resources that will help you toward developing a fertility exercise plan that works for you and your needs.

Fertility Nutrition: A Balanced Diet

A balanced diet will ensure that the body receives appropriate nutrition to maximize performance, which includes ideal ovulation for women and sperm production for men. Small changes to your diet can make a huge difference. Begin by eating more fruits and vegetables, and aim for at least six servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Be creative and try drinking a few in a smoothie or adding some puree into a dinner dish.

In terms of what you should try to avoid, white flour, white bread and white rice food products make the top of the list. It is best to replace these items with foods made from a variety of whole grains such as whole wheat, brown rice, oats and whole grain corn.

So what should your shopping list look like? Start with foods that are rich in folic acid, such as brown rice, oats, beans, peas, spinach, cereals and oranges, then continue to add other fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Effects of Caffeine on Infertility

Caffeine may also impact one’s ability to become pregnant. Caffeine increases stress and is known to have addictive qualities.RESOLVE documented several studies that have shown that caffeine increases the length of time it takes to conceive. One study revealed that women who drank more than one cup of coffee a day were half as likely to become pregnant per cycle as compared to women who consumed less. Another study identified that caffeine could damage sperm and increase the risk in females of developing endometriosis.

Experts have recommended consumption of less than 100 mg per day of caffeine. Remember that caffeine is all around us and can be found in several sources such as coffee, tea, soda and chocolate. In the morning, try reaching for a glass of orange juice or decaffeinated tea to start your day.

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For more information on lifestyle and infertility and how you and your partner can start making changes today, consult with one of Aspire’s fertility experts in Houston and Dallas .

Strengthen Communication While Dealing with Infertility

Strengthen Communication While Dealing with Infertility

by Meslissa Estes, LPC, LMFT

It is important to have a strong relationship throughout the infertility process. It can be difficult to deal with infertility during the holidays while staying tuned in to your partner’s needs, which is why it’s important to set aside time to communicate with your partner to share these feelings and work through the sadness, grief or stress related to infertility. Now more than ever, you need each other’s comfort and support through these difficult moments.

Navigating Infertility Conversations

Set limits on conversations related to attempting conception or fertility treatment. This helps contain the potentially powerful emotions that may surround the issues. Some strategies for limiting serious talks include:

Limit Infertility Conversations to 30 Minutes

This may mean just tackling a part of the topic, or concentrating on how one or both partners are affected, rather than going over the same issue or discussion point. Agree on a time limit for the conversation. Keep in mind that there may be moments where the conversation has to be extended based on the circumstance. If you keep to a time limit, you’ll be able to focus your attention on exploring that emotion or circumstance without letting yourself get distracted by other thoughts.

Take an Infertility Break

Take “mental breaks” from talking about infertility during the week. Limit conversations to one place or to particular times of the day, and set the scene for an effective discussion. It is important that it takes place at a time when you both have enough emotional resources and there are not other stressors competing for your attention such as work, other people, watching TV, or phone calls.

Use “I” not “You” to Communicate Infertility Feelings

During conversations, do not blame your partner. To avoid any sense of blame, use “I” messages with your partner. The process goes like this: When I have to do A in situation B, I feel C. For example, “When I have to attend medical appointments by myself, I feel scared and alone.” Avoid saying “you always” and “you never” in order to keep your statement focused on the immediate event. The use of “you” statements make a person feel attacked, which may lead to feeling on the defensive and hinder the conversation.

The Aspire Fertility teams in Houston and Dallas are here to help strengthen your infertility communication. Contact us with any questions about infertility or if you need support–we’re happy to support you throughout this journey.

Stress Related to Infertility & Ways to Reduce It

Stress Related to Infertility & Ways to Reduce It

by Meslissa Estes, LPC, LMFT

Trying to get pregnant can be extremely stressful.  Anxiety can lead to thoughts of worry about what is wrong with you and your partner. A lot of times people jump to thinking the worst.  There is a universal tendency to underestimate the stress caused by infertility, and the impact it has on your fertility journey.

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  • Establishing and maintaining an ongoing relationship with your OB/GYN
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