When Should You See a Fertility Specialist?
So you’ve finally decided to have a baby and now you’re not getting pregnant! After all those years of making sure that you don’t get pregnant, you would think this would be easy.
The reality is that it can take up to a year for you to conceive. But what happens if a year comes and goes and you’re still not pregnant? This is the time for you to consider seeing a fertility specialist.
It doesn’t mean that you’re failing at getting pregnant, it just means that you need a little advice and medical care.
Reasons for Seeking Fertility Advice
There are some obvious reasons for seeking help with your fertility. The first of these is your age. If you’re over the age of 35 you might even want to talk to a specialist if you haven’t conceived after just six months.
The older we get the harder it is for us to get pregnant. As we age our eggs become less viable and our reproductive cycles become less regular. Both of these factors can decrease your chances of conception.
Another reason to see your doctor is if a year has passed and you’re still not pregnant. There may be some medical issues that need to be diagnosed. Knowing what’s stopping you from conceiving can help you treat the problem.
A third reason for talking with a fertility specialist is if your periods are irregular or if you’re not menstruating at all. Irregular cycles are a definite infertility risk factor that you’ll want to address as soon as possible.
Knowing Your Fertile Days
When you first start out trying to get pregnant, you’re probably having intercourse whenever you feel like it. However, as the months go by and you’re still not pregnant you might want to take a closer look at when you’re having intercourse.
Having sex when you’re most fertile is going to significantly increase your chances of conceiving. Start keeping track of your menstrual and ovulation cycles. You’ll ovulate about 12 to 18 days before the start of your next cycle.
After keeping track for a few months you’ll be able to predict with some accuracy when you’re going to be ovulating. This is the time when you most certainly need to be having intercourse.
There is about a five-day window when you are fertile. This is about three days before you ovulate and two days after. Talking with a fertility specialist will help you learn more about the importance of planning intercourse with your partner.
Infertility Isn’t Always a Medical Problem
If you’re not conceiving don’t automatically assume that it’s a medical problem that you’re dealing with. Other factors that can affect your fertility include your diet, how much stress you’re dealing with, and lifestyle choices.
Are you getting enough exercise? Are you sleeping well at night? Or maybe you need to cut back on the amount of coffee you’re drinking.
Your doctor will be able to suggest any lifestyle changes that you need to make to increase your fertility. Remember that both you and your partner should take a look at these non-medical factors.
Sperm quality and quantity are also directly affected by poor lifestyle choices.
When to Test for Infertility
If you’re still not getting pregnant after your own doctor has given you a clean bill of health, and you’re timing intercourse for the fertile days of your cycle, it will be on to a fertility specialist for some testing.
Don’t be alarmed when tests are scheduled for both you and your partner. These tests are necessary for your specialist to be able to decide what’s causing your infertility, and what to do to treat it.
Your partner will have a sperm analysis done to determine both sperm count and the quality of his sperm. You’ll go through a variety of different tests such as blood tests, HSG (hysterosalpingography), and ultrasonography.
Some of the things that your doctor is looking for include an abnormal uterus or blocked fallopian tubes.
If you’ve been diagnosed with a medical condition that is preventing you from conceiving, your doctor will be able to begin treatment.
This can include fertility drugs to induce ovulation, IVF (in vitro fertilization), or IUI (intrauterine insemination). Don’t be alarmed when you hear about these types of treatments.
The important thing is that your infertility is being treated in the best way possible.
Getting Advice When You’re Concerned about Your Fertility
Don’t hesitate to talk to your own doctor about any concerns you have about getting pregnant. Sometimes just talking about your fears will be enough to help you relax a bit.
The more worried you are about conceiving as quickly as possible, the more stress you’re going to be adding to your life. Don’t let TTC (trying to conceive) become the entire focus of your life!
If you end up having to see a fertility specialist don’t be too alarmed. This doesn’t mean that you won’t have a baby, it just means that you need a little bit of help along the way.