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When To See a Fertility Specialist

Are you having difficulty starting a family and wondering when to visit for fertility issues? Here are some symptoms you should consult a reproductive professional immediately if you have.

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How Do I Know if I’m Struggling with Infertility?

Textbooks define infertility as the inability to conceive after 12 months of trying. Certain people, however, are at a greater risk for reproductive troubles and should not wait a full year before seeing a Fertility Specialist.

You may have a few critical questions. What exactly does a Fertility Specialist do? What distinguishes them from obstetricians and primary care doctors? How do you determine when to consult a fertility specialist?

The Benefits of Consulting a Fertility Expert

Obtain the answers you need. Both human reproduction and infertility are intricate processes. Numerous medical conditions might make it harder to conceive.  Not only will you get answers in the form of a diagnosis, but you’ll also receive a personalised treatment plan. Therefore, you will not need to ponder how to conquer infertility.

Obtain the proper diagnosis and therapy from the beginning. When patients attempt to self-diagnose or contact a doctor who isn’t a reproductive endocrinologist, they might go down the wrong route. This is not only a waste of time and money but may also be a source of disappointment. Early diagnosis and treatment are advantages of seeing a fertility specialist.

Obtain access to other therapy choices. A gynaecologist may provide fertility drugs and conduct intrauterine insemination (IUI). They cannot, however, provide more sophisticated therapies such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF), preimplantation genetic testing (PGT), or donor eggs. A fertility specialist with board certification may provide these therapies and more.

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When to Consult a Fertility Expert

Being more knowledgeable about your reproductive health enables you to make better decisions for yourself and your family. So, when should a Fertility Specialist be consulted? Here are several indicators that you should schedule an appointment.

You are under 35 and have been unsuccessfully trying to conceive for a year

This is the definition of infertility, according to the dictionary. Each month, a young, fertile couple with no reproductive concerns has a 20-25% chance of becoming pregnant.

Fertile couples will finally reach success over time. 57% of couples trying to conceive for three months will be pregnant. After six months, 72%of women will get pregnant. After one year, 85% of couples will get pregnant.

If you haven’t conceived after a year of trying, it typically indicates a reproductive issue. As a Fertility Specialist, it’s my responsibility to determine the issue and how we can solve it or work around it to help you conceive.

You are over 35 and have been unsuccessfully attempting to conceive for six months

Because egg quality decreases with age, the probability of a woman becoming pregnant decreases. After age 35, egg quality and reproductive potential decline significantly more rapidly.

Considering this, we suggest just six months of trying for women within this age range. Women over 40 should immediately see a Fertility Specialist. Fertility declines rapidly beyond age 40, and women are at an increased risk of infertility and miscarriage if they get pregnant at this age.

You have had two or more miscarriages

One in 4 women will have a miscarriage throughout their reproductive years. However, their prevalence does not render them inconsequential.

Miscarriages are emotionally, physically, and mentally taxing, and they may strain women attempting conception. Women who have had two or more miscarriages are considered to have recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL).

There are numerous well-known reasons and risk factors for recurrent miscarriages. A Fertility Specialist may discuss these potential reasons with you. They may also do tests to see if you have any risk factors and advise you on lowering your future risk of miscarriage.

You have attempted three or more cycles of Clomid without success

Gynaecologists occasionally recommend Clomid to assist patients in ovulating. If you’ve tried two or three cycles of Clomid with your doctor and didn’t react, ovulate, or get pregnant, it’s time to see an expert.

Fertility Specialists have an extensive understanding of the most recent medication-based fertility therapies. To increase your chances of achieving a healthy pregnancy, we may experiment with varying dosages of the same medicine or attempt a new approach.

Your periods are erratic, or you do not ovulate frequently

If you have few or irregular menstrual periods or have been diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), you should consider contacting a Fertility Specialist as soon as possible. An irregular period may suggest that you are not ovulating or releasing a mature egg throughout your cycle, which is required for spontaneous conception.

PCOS is the most prevalent cause of ovulatory dysfunction. A Fertility Specialist can assist in finding out why your periods are irregular and then give some ways to get your body back on track to help you become pregnant.

You are experiencing issues with your uterus

The uterus is the home of pregnancy, and there might be abnormalities with the uterus that can prevent you from successfully conceiving or even raise your chance of miscarriage. If you have been informed or know that you have fibroids, polyps, scar tissue, or any other problem with your uterus, go to a Fertility Specialist immediately.

Suppose you have had prior operations on your uterus, such as a D&C, fibroid removal (myomectomy), or C-section. This is also worth addressing with a Specialist since these treatments might create scarring within your uterus. The good news regarding uterine disorders is that, in most instances, a Fertility Specialist or gynaecologic surgeon may repair them.

You have endometriosis

Endometriosis is characterised by painful periods, irregular bleeding, sexual discomfort, and infertility. Endometriosis may affect fertility in several ways. It may result in scarring that affects your reproductive architecture, making it challenging for eggs and sperm to meet.

Endometriomas, which are ovarian endometriotic cysts, may destroy healthy ovarian tissue and eggs. Endometriosis may alter the uterine lining, which might hinder implantation. Endometriosis patients are at a significantly higher risk for infertility and should see a Fertility Specialist immediately.

Your tubes are clogged or broken

The fallopian tubes collect the egg once the ovary has released it. If one or both of your fallopian tubes are obstructed, your chances of becoming pregnant naturally are diminished.

If both tubes are obstructed, you might consider in vitro fertilisation (IVF). A Fertility Specialist can help you establish whether you have risk factors for tubal blockage and explain how you can keep your tubes open.

Your spouse is experiencing sperm issues

With all this emphasis on eggs, we must not overlook the significance of good sperm. In around 30% of infertility instances, the male factor is the major cause. Review the findings of your partner’s sperm analysis with a Fertility Specialist.

Semen analysis may frequently explain why a couple is having difficulty conceiving. If your partner has never been tested, a Fertility Specialist may conduct the required tests to ensure no abnormalities with the sperm.

You are interested in learning more about your reproductive potential and family-building possibilities.

You do not need to have a reproductive issue to consult a Fertility Specialist. In reality, I meet many patients who just wish to know their reproductive status.

Egg freezing for women not yet ready to have a baby is becoming more prevalent and typically takes less than two weeks. If you are in a same-sex relationship and want to utilise donated eggs, sperm, or a gestational carrier, or if you are single and want to establish a family, a Fertility Specialist can help you understand your choices and guide you through the process.

Are You Prepared to Consult a Fertility Expert?

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Whether you are experiencing difficulty conceiving or want to understand more about your reproductive potential and choices, speaking with a Fertility Specialist may be of great assistance. We will meet you wherever you are and be your travel companion.

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Evan Kurzyp

Evan is the founder of Fertility2Family and is passionate about fertility education & providing affordable products to help people in their fertility journey. Evan is a qualified Registered Nurse and has expertise in guiding & managing patients through their fertility journeys.

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