When Should We See an Infertility Specialist?
on Feb 14, 2013
by Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
When is it the right time to see an infertility specialist? Should you continue trying, burying your worries or should you visit a specialist and clear things out?
It is every couple’s dream to have a baby and to start a family. However, there are many couples that fail to get pregnant even after repeated trying. Worry starts creeping in after a point of time but you often find yourself hiding it and telling yourself that you are probably just being too paranoid for no reason. There are some couples that get pregnant very easily but some other couples conceive late. You tell yourself that you are among the latter couples and you keep trying. Time passes and you keep trying to no avail. Then the word “infertility” haunts you. You begin to wonder whether it is you or your better half with the problem. A number of things start bothering you and stress you out to no end. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
So, when is it the right time to see an infertility specialist? Should you continue trying, burying your worries or should you visit a specialist and clear things out? It is advisable to seek the help of an infertility specialist if you have been having unprotected intercourse for over a year but have not been able to get pregnant. However, this is not the only criterion to visit the doctor. There are many other factors such as your age, your health, the birth control method you used prior to the time you decided you should have a baby, your medical history, your family’s medical history and so on.
Experts say that if you are over thirty-five years of age and have not conceived yet or have been unsuccessful for over six months, you should see the infertility specialist. As you grow older your ability to conceive will go down, and it will just get harder and harder. This is because you are progressing towards menopause or the end of your years of childbearing ability. Thus, instead of waiting and going on trying and letting yourself grow older, you should visit the doctor and have things sorted out immediately.
If you or your better half had a medical condition that could affect your fertility, you should make no delay in reaching the infertility specialist. There are a few medications and chemotherapy that can affect eggs and sperm. If you have been taking any of these, it will be difficult to conceive. Hence, you should talk to the doctor. You can begin with your family doctor and tell him you want to have a baby. He will refer you to a good infertility specialist to help you out.
Tests may show that your fallopian tube(s) is blocked or scarred. Under such circumstances, your doctor will ask you to directly talk to an infertility specialist in order to make sure that everything is okay or at least that you have other options for conceiving.
If you have had ectopic pregnancy or miscarriages in the past, it could be difficult to get pregnant. If you have been trying to no avail, make an appointment immediately.
When doubts begin to creep in about fertility, you could have the sperm tested to find out sperm motility and sperm count. If there’s anything negative, you should take the reports to the infertility specialist without delay to see what can be done.
Other reasons to see an infertility specialist include endometriosis, which is known to cause infertility in numerous cases; irregular ovulation; changes in diet and weight; and family medical history. If you experience any of these problems, it is best to see the infertility specialist before it is too late. The sooner you detect the problem, if any, the better.
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Michelle is a busy mother to 2 boys and a prolific vlogger on subjects ranging from practical how-to tips for moms to chronicling her own pregnancy week-by-week on her popular YouTube channel ImaMommyof1.