You probably have lots of questions about the path to becoming a parent. After all, there are so many important, complex factors-both emotional and physical—to consider before you set out on the path that’s right for you. Remember, while no two people have the exact same journey to parenthood, you’re not alone in this experience. When you’re ready, our specialists can help you work out a customized timeline and treatment plan that’s right for you and your family.
Is It Time for a Fertility Awareness Checkup?
Infertility affects men and women equally, and it’s very common: One in eight couples has trouble conceiving naturally. Generally speaking, women under 35 should consider seeing a fertility specialist after trying to get pregnant for a year; women over 35 should consider doing so after trying for six months. At our center, couples or individuals can opt to have a Fertility Awareness Checkup, a great starting point in the journey to becoming a parent.
Determining the current state of your fertility will help you in many ways. Once you’re able to identify any issues that could cause reproductive problems later, you’ll better be able to determine the best course of action, help alleviate stress, and save valuable time and financial resources in your journey to becoming a parent.
You’ll also help your physician measure any changes in your reproductive health over the years to come. Remember, there are a number of “silent” conditions-those without any symptoms—that can affect fertility, and for many of these it’s the earlier, the better when it comes to treating them or preventing them from worsening.
What to Expect at the Checkup
Women can expect a physical exam and transvaginal ultrasound (called an Antral Follicle Count) along with a series of blood tests. The best time to have these tests performed is between day 2 and 4 of the menstrual cycle.
Men will be asked to provide a thorough health history and a semen analysis. In order to get accurate results, men must abstain from sexual activity for no less than 3 and no more than 5 days before producing the specimen.
What Do These Results Mean?
Our team of specialists will read and interpret your test results, which will give you an estimate of your fertility potential (though not a definitive answer). It’s important to note that these tests are not necessarily an insurance policy guaranteeing future fertility, but will help answer questions about when and how to start planning your family.
Causes of Female Infertility
Studies show that up to 40 percent of cases of couples struggling to conceive are related to female infertility, which can be related to a variety of conditions or health factors, including:
- Irregular or absent periods
- Two or more previous miscarriages
- Painful menstruation
- PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
- Ovulation problems
- Abnormalities of the uterus, fallopian tubes and/or ovaries
Causes of Male Infertility
Studies show that for up to 40 percent of infertile couples, the male partner is either the sole cause or a contributing cause of infertility. Whether you have issues with sperm production or the obstruction of sperm delivery, our team of experienced fertility specialists can identify the cause of male infertility and determine a course of action to help you in your family-planning goals.