Houston, TX  – In continuation of its founding mission to support each woman’s unique healthcare needs, The Woman’s Hospital of Texas will host a free educational event on egg and embryo freezing on Wednesday, November 10 from 6 to 7 p.m. as part of the hospital’s new fertility seminar series.

Dr. Ryan Steward, a reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI) specialist, will give an educational overview of egg and embryo freezing and the transfer process in helping individuals and families overcome a number of fertility complications. This type of reproductive technology can be beneficial for those who are interested in fertility preservation due to an illness or genetic disease. It is also an option for those who have experienced miscarriages, couples who select surrogacy, same-sex couples as well as women who choose to start family planning without a partner.   

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 12% of women have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term and there are a variety of reasons for infertility complications in women, as well as men. With the help of individualized treatment plans, infertility can often be treated with medical therapy, surgery, intrauterine insemination (IUI) or assisted reproductive technology, such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF).

Patients who undergo fertility treatments from an REI specialist with The Woman’s Hospital of Texas may be referred to Woman’s Maternal Fetal Care Center’s fertility program to receive enhanced support from perinatal navigators for the remainder of their pregnancy. The program combines services from compassionate perinatal navigators with an expert care team of board-certified maternal and neonatal specialists.

“At The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, we are dedicated to providing care for women, including premier fertility care, and we understand how critical the right support is in each woman’s journey,” said Dr. Cindy Celnik, a board-certified OB/GYN and the chief medical officer of The Woman’s Hospital of Texas. “We have numerous REI specialists on our medical staff that can evaluate and treat those who may be experiencing fertility issues and our fertility seminars give women a chance to hear from experts and interact with others that may be facing the same concerns. These specialists have helped thousands of our patients from all across the Greater Houston area conceive after months and even years of trying.”

The November 10 fertility seminar will be held virtually and in-person for a limited number of guests. Those attending in person must adhere to the hospital’s COVID-19 safety policies. Both attendance methods are free, but registration is required.

To register to attend in-person or virtually, go to womanshospital.com or call 281-438-4357.

For those who attend in-person, the seminar is being held at The Woman's Hospital of Texas campus at 7600 Fannin St., Houston, TX 77054, in Classroom A/B. Enter through the West Tower (main entrance). Check-in opens at 5:40 p.m. and light refreshments will be provided. A WebEx meeting link will be sent to the email address provided in the virtual registration submission. Questions for the presenter can be sent through the WebEx Chat feature. 

The Woman’s Hospital of Texas’ first fertility seminar series event was “Fertility 101” with presenter Dr. James Nodler, REI specialist.

For more information about The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, visit womanshospital.com.