When to see a Fertility Specialist | Albany IVF

When to See a Fertility Specialist

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If you are reading this, there’s a very good chance you have been trying to get pregnant ~ and so far ~ haven’t been successful. It may seem like babies are everywhere and nobody  else seems to have any trouble conceiving. You may even try to avoid discussing the subject with family and friends because they don’t understand ~ or offer advice that does not help.

Before making an appointment with our fertility specialists, you should rule out some lifestyles or conditions that may make it difficult to conceive. Some of these can be done on your own and some with the assistance of your OB/GYN or primary care physician.

• Are you having intercourse during the most fertility days of your cycle?
Begin recording your menstrual cycle. The day your cycle begins is considered “Day 1”. Ovulation usually occurs about 14 days before your Day 1. Tracking your cycle can help predict ovulation and thus, when to have intercourse. There are also over-the-counter ovulation predictor kits and apps that you can use in pace of a pen and calendar.

• Are you engaging in lifestyle behaviors that may affect fertility?
Stress, caffeine, weight, nicotine, alcohol, and certain supplements can all affect your fertility in a negative way. Getting your body into its ideal state before treatments and pregnancy is a great start!

• Do you have a medical history that may affect your fertility?
If you have been treated for cancer, your fertility may have been compromised. Some women and men  who have received chemotherapy or radiation have no trouble conceiving healthy babies, but these treatments can carry a risk of reducing your fertility.

If any of the following situations apply to you, consider seeing a fertility specialist:

  • You both you and your partner been trying to get pregnant on your own after 12 months
  • Women over 35 should begin infertility evaluation after about six months of unprotected intercourse so as to not delay treatment.
  • Women with irregular menstrual cycles or painful periods.
  • Women taking fertility enhancing drugs through your OB/GYN for more than 3 cycles with no success
  • Women with moderate or severe endometriosis at any age
  • Women with ovulation problems such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Men about going to undergo treatment for cancer ~ i.e: radiation, chemo or surgery
  • Abnormal ovarian reserve tests, such as elevated day 3 FSH level at any age
  • Men with low semen motility
  • Men with low semen count
  • Men with poor semen morphology
  • Men with frequent urinary infections
  • Men about going to undergo treatment for cancer ~ i.e: radiation, chemo or surgery

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