Hope for Infertility through Science

After reading Donum Vitae or Dignitas Personae, one may assume there is little hope, except in the miraculous, for Catholic couples facing infertility. However, this is far from true. Many physicians are now exploring infertility treatments that aim to be highly effective but also respect the dignity of the sexual act; the woman and man; and all the children created in the process. As an outgrowth of Natural Family Planning, the treatments are wholly in-line with the directives of the Catholic Church.

While in practice throughout the US, and even in Austin (, the majority of the research regarding infertility has been performed at the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction ( Using the biomarkers observed in Natural Family Planning charts, advanced surgical techniques and medical treatments have been developed that diagnose the root cause of infertility and then ultimately treat the underlying condition. Where most ART therapies override the abnormality, addressing the specific cause allows for a more focused treatment, resulting in the restoration of the woman's body to its intended God-given design. Whether treating endometriosis, polycystic ovarian disease or hormonal disruption, the success rates are higher compared to those of IVF while simultaneously achieving fewer multiple births and lower rates of prematurity. This is all accomplished at a lower cost and usually even involves a prayerful health care team to be present during the struggles a couple still might face.

Ultimately, the success in this field illustrates the profound impact one can make when one allows faith to infuse science. Contrary to popular belief, infertility can be treated by effective and ethical means. Fortunately, research is also being done on a variety of other gynecological and obstetrical disorders and thus, this research is truly a service to the medical and faithful communities.

Called by Name

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work… Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. – 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 12

As the Catholic Healthcare Guild, we hope to affect a new sense of cooperation between the various specialties that comprise the health care system.

Contraception and a Change of Heart

This Easter, the Catholic Physicians Guild is asking you to be in the service of your Church. To truly be one body, we must all strive to understand magisterial teachings so that we may work in concert.

Feed My Sheep: Annie's Way

A tradition of feeding the homeless and homebound on Thanksgiving Day

Here I am, Lord

Not only did St. Ignatius promote spiritual formation and education, but also service.

Carrying Another's Cross, in Lima, Peru

Few will accomplish what Saint Padre Pio accomplished during his lifetime. His legacy continues despite his death and the sufferings of millions will ultimately find relief in his House.

Austin Diocese Medical Mission

Dedicated to providing healthcare to poverty stricken people in Mexico and in Central and South America.

A Miracle Maker: Dr. Victor Li-Pelaez

During the Christmas season, the Catholic Physicians Guild felt it was important to acknowledge one of our own and to specifically highlight one who shares the charisms of our other Miracle Worker, Saint André Bessette.

Christian Medical Missions, Inc

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Sacred Heart Community Clinic

Primary care medical clinic, serving children and adults, located at St. William Church, Round Rock.

Living St Luke's Legacy

With St. Luke as an inspiration, the Seton Community Health Clinics invite all specialty physicians of Central Texas to join the St. Luke's Physician Network, an association of specialists who support Seton's efforts to care for the poor and vulnerable in the community.

How to Become a Member

Learn about the Benefits of Joining