If a couple has been trying to get pregnant and is not succeeding, then, there are chances that they need some medical assistance to have a successful pregnancy. So when should they seek diagnosis and treatment (if required) from a fertility specialist?
Keep in mind that the biological clock is a real thing i.e. after the age of 30, a woman’s egg quality and quantity start to decline, and thus the chances of getting pregnant naturally become significantly low after the age of 35. Don’t wait for the right time to consult a fertility specialist, because when it comes to infertility, the right time to act is now.
Also, contrary to the popular belief that only women are infertile, infertility can be in both men and women equally. If a couple is unable to conceive then there are 50-50 chances that the man or the woman will have fertility issues. Given below are some reasons when should you see a fertility specialist-
Woman’s age is above 35
As a woman grows older the quality and quantity of her eggs start to decline. This reduces the chances of her ability to get pregnant significantly. And if she is unable to conceive after having unprotected intercourse, then a fertility doctor should be consulted.
A woman in her 40s enters the high-risk pregnancy category, thus increasing the chances of miscarriage. In such cases, it is advised to see a fertility specialist.
In case, the male or female partner, or both suffer from reproductive issues, they should consult their OB-GYN before planning for pregnancy. The OB-GYN can access the severity of the disorder and recommend you a fertility specialist, who can increase your chances of conception.
Reproductive disorders include-
- Irregular periods
- Fibroids, polyps, and uterine problems
- Low ovarian reserve
- Erectile dysfunction
- Sperm disorder
- Premature ejaculation
- Past injury to testicles
If a woman has had two or more miscarriages, she should see a fertility specialist to see whether there is an underlying fertility condition or anatomic abnormality. Out of 100, miscarriages occur in 15 to 20 cases and mostly happen due to genetic abnormalities in the fetus.
A specialist can help determine the cause of recurrent miscarriages and also provide the medcial care needed to achieve a successful pregnancy.
Chronic Medical Conditions
If either of the partners is suffering from a chronic medical condition, they should definitely consult their doctor and a fertility specialist before trying for a baby. Chronic Medical Conditions include-
- Genetic Disorders
- Heart Disease
- Kidney Problem
If either if the partners has been diagnosed with cancer in the past or is undergoing cancer treatment (chemotherapy), she should consult a fertility specialist. They will help you navigate through this overwhelming process and discuss the choices you have.
You have been trying for more than a year
If a couple is trying to conceive for more than a year, (or 6 months, in case the woman is above the age of 35) and are unable to get pregnant, they may want to see a fertility specialist. The fertility specialist will help determine the reason behind failure in conception and provide treatment options for the same.
How can I boost my fertility?
There are few things you can do, if you want to boost your fertility. They are-
- Eat a healthy and nutritious diet.
- Maintain good BMI
- Don’t smoke or consume alcohol
- Stay hydrated
- Take prenatal vitamins
- Don’t take stress
- Monitor your ovulation
Planning for pregnancy can be challenging. If you are ready for a baby but seem to be having trouble getting pregnant, it might be time to explore your options.