When to See a Fertility Specialist?
When to see a fertility specialist?
Infertility is a common problem. It is estimated that 1 out of 8 couples will need assistance with their fertility.
A common question we are asked is: When to see a fertility specialist?
You need to consult with a fertility specialist when you are having difficulty getting pregnant or have general questions about your fertility.
One of the most important factors of your fertility is age. Age affects fertility in many ways. With age, the egg count and quality decline. This change starts around the age of 32. The common guidelines to follow when trying to conceive are:
- You are older than 40 and trying for 2-6 months.
- You are older than 35 and trying for six months.
- You are younger than 35 and trying for one year.
Besides age, there are many other conditions that have an immediate effect on fertility. If you have been diagnosed or are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should not wait any time before seeing a fertility specialist.
You have a history of irregular periods: irregular periods could indicate that you are not ovulating. Women with irregular cycles generally do not ovulate or produce eggs frequently. This is referred to as an ovulation disorder. Fortunately, the majority of factors causing irregular menstrual cycles can be treated. A common example is having polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
You have a history of severe endometriosis: severe endometriosis can distort the pelvic anatomy in a way making it harder for a healthy egg to meet the sperm.
You have a history of large fibroids: fibroids can deform the shape of the uterus and affect the implantation of the pregnancy.
Your male partner has a history of Erectile dysfunction: Severe ED can affect the couple’s ability to achieve pregnancy at the time of ovulation.
Your male partner has a history of undescended testis, surgery on the testicles, hernia surgery, taking testosterone, or exposed to medications or chemicals that can affect sperm.
Sometimes, seeing a fertility specialist helps prevent future issues with your fertility. For example, women who are delaying fertility for education, work, or lack suitable partners should consider seeing a fertility specialist freeze young healthy eggs. Also, freezing eggs before you have cancer treatments or other medications that can affect fertility.