Have you been trying to conceive with no success? If you are planning to see a fertility doctor, consider few self-checks before you actively pursue for one. If you are under 35 and are actively trying to conceive, not been using birth control for 12 months or more, then it is one good reason to consult a doctor or reproductive endocrinologist. But even before you consult a doctor, you should go over an array of questions that can help you to analyse and make changes to what you have been already doing.
For example, a check that you can figure out on your own before your fertility doctor’s appointment is to find out whether or not you are ovulating, in other terms can be said ‘releasing an egg every month’. This you can check by charting your basal body temperature for several months. This will be a very inexpensive method to help you get pregnant and hence its worth the effort.
It may be important for you to know that fertility treatments are expensive and the drugs can have unpleasant side effects. Utmost vigilance is required when taking them. The frequent trips to the infertility clinics, blood works, ultrasounds and shared disappointment if it didn’t work the first time are few of the factors that can take you on a toll undergoing the fertility treatment. Hence the couple should be mentally prepared before they pursue going to a fertility doctor.
If you or your partner have certain conditions that can increase your risk of infertility, you should definitely see your doctor. For females, this includes irregular menstrual cycles, history of pelvic or abdominal surgeries, endometrioses etc. For men, the conditions like undescended testes at birth, trauma, genital infections, use of illicit drugs, anabolic steroids etc can play biggest role in infertility. If you are unsure about consulting a specialist, its best advised to seeing someone sooner rather than later, particularly if you or your partner is over 40 years old. If you wait longer, age-related fertility declines and causes worry and anxiety.
If you have decided to pursue treatment, both partners should be evaluated. This involves for the doctor to take a detailed medical history of both that includes, bloodwork, ovarian reserve testing, ultrasound and hysterosalpingogram for females and semen analysis for the males. The more proactive you are in seeking treatment, the better your chances of success. Some important conditions that require for any couple who want to conceive are: complex medical conditions, two or more miscarriages, polycystic ovary syndrome, family history of premature menopause, absence of menstrual cycle, if male has trouble achieving or maintaining erection etc.
When you are ready to see a fertility doctor, make sure you ask the right questions and be prepared with a list of questions.
Some of them could be:
Is my age affecting factor,
The types of tests I need,
Will the doctor order a semen analysis for my partner,
How much experienced does the doctor have in treating infertility patients.