9 April 2024

When should I consider Fertility Testing?

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Fertility is a deeply personal and emotional journey for many individuals and couples. While some people may conceive easily, others may face challenges along the way. If you find yourself wondering whether it's time to consider fertility testing or explore treatment options, you're not alone. According to the WHO, approximately one in six couples experience fertility difficulties. Understanding when to take these steps can be crucial in your journey to start or expand your family. 

How long should I be trying?

Age is one of the most significant factors influencing fertility, especially for women. Fertility typically declines with age, particularly after the age of 35. If you're over 35 and have been trying to conceive for six months or more without success, it may be time to consider fertility testing. For women under 35, it is recommended to seek medical advice if conception hasn't occurred after 12 months of trying.

Things to Consider

Irregular menstrual cycles may be a sign of underlying reproductive issues or hormonal imbalances. If your cycles are consistently irregular, or if you have been diagnosed with conditions such as PCOS, it's advisable to consult a fertility specialist to explore if this may be a cause. 

Certain health conditions, such as endometriosis, fibroids, or a history of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), may impact fertility. If you have a history of such conditions, discussing fertility testing is advisable. 

Lifestyle choices can significantly influence fertility. Factors such as smoking, vaping, excessive alcohol consumption, poor diet, and obesity or being extremely underweight, can all affect reproductive health. If you're struggling to conceive and engage in any of these behaviors, it may be time to make positive lifestyle changes and seek medical advice.

Next Steps: Fertility Testing and Treatment Options

If you decide to pursue fertility testing or treatment, the next steps involve consulting with a fertility specialist. Your doctor will conduct a series of tests to assess your reproductive health and identify any underlying issues. These tests may include blood testing, hormone level evaluations, ultrasound scans, and semen analysis (for male partners). 

Depending on the test results and your specific circumstances based on your medical history and lifestyle, your fertility specialist can recommend appropriate treatment options tailored to you. These may range from lifestyle modifications, and fertility medications to more advanced techniques such as IUI, IVF, or other advanced treatment options. 

Remember, you're not alone on this journey, and there is help available every step of the way. If you are struggling to conceive, talk to us today. Book Fertility Testing or a Consultation today.

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