How Do You Know When He Should be Tested for Infertility?
on Jan 17, 2014
by Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Fertility issues are often seen as a woman's problem, no doubt about that. However, what many couples don't realize that in somewhere around 40 percent of infertility cases, the problem is due to a male issue.
Fertility issues are often seen as a woman’s problem, no doubt about that. However, what many couples don’t realize that in somewhere around 40 percent of infertility cases, the problem is due to a male issue. This is important to know, since more men should be getting fertility testing done to help alleviate these problems. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Most people also don’t realize that you should see a doctor before trying to conceive. Seeing a doctor before you get started on your pregnancy journey can give great insight into what might be going on in your body, as well as your guy’s body. Doctors can do pre-conception testing, as well as ask about family history and current health status. Anything that may raise a red flag as being harmful to fertility can be discussed. Doctors can give some tricks or tips to help couples getting pregnant.
If you are over 35 and trying to conceive, or if your partner is over 35, six months is the magic number. This means, six months marks the time frame that you should try to conceive on your own, naturally, before going to see a doctor for potential fertility problems. The length of time that you should wait if you are over 35 is shorter than the time frame that you should use if you are over 35, so keep that in mind as well.
If you and your partner are both under 35 years old, experts recommend waiting until you have been trying for one full year before pursuing further doctor’s treatment or fertility treatments. This gives your body plenty of time to get used to the idea of becoming pregnant, and you won’t be rushing into visiting the doctor.
Many men are anxious and a little nervous about what might happen at a male fertility doctor’s appointment. So what really happens? It’s not nearly as scary as you might think. If it is your first trip to the fertility doctor, you will probably have a regular physical, and perhaps some blood work. The next step is probably a semen analysis, which is completely painless. Your doctor will use these starter tests to determine whether or not there is a need for further testing. If your doctor suggests that you need other tests, you might be nervous, but don’t worry. None of the testing that is suggested for male fertility issues is extremely uncomfortable or painful.
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Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).