When To See a Fertility Specialist
When it comes to your fertility, timing is everything – and the older you get, more difficult it can be to get pregnant on a monthly basis. Most individuals and couples do not anticipate having difﬁculty starting a family, but infertility is known to affect one in six couples.
Seeking treatment in a timely manner is crucial to the fertility process – so that time is not lost and appropriate testing can begin.
The Providence Fertility Center is committed to education, and empowering patients to take control of their fertility.
Check out some basic information below that may assist in your journey to parenthood.
WHEN TO SEE A FERTILITY EXPERT
- You have concerns about your fertility
- You are under 35 and you have been trying for 12+ months
- You are over 35 and you have been trying for 6+ months
- You are age 40+
- You have irregular menstrual cycles or painful periods
- You have experienced a miscarriage
- You have taken fertility medications (via your OB/GYN) for 3 cycles with no success
- You have severe endometriosis at any age
- You have ovulation problems such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- You have a family history of early menopause or infertility
- You are about to undergo chemotherapy or radiation for cancer or other medical conditions
Does Age Impact Fertility?
More than anything else, age impacts your ability to become or stay pregnant. Regardless of how healthy you are, the quality of your eggs and ability to ovulate normally decreases over time. Fertility starts to decline for women at age 30, and decreases more steeply after the age of 35 due to a natural decline in egg quality and supply.
Is Infertility Just A Female Issue?
No. Men and women are affected almost equally.
What are Some Common Fertility Tests?
Ovulation Testing: Via ovulation predictor kits, blood tests, and ultrasound – we’ll conﬁ rm if ovulation is occurring properly
Ovarian Reserve Testing: We assess the remaining eggs in your ovaries, and take a blood sample between days 2-4 of your menstrual cycle to measure your hormone levels. These levels accurately indicate egg supply.
HSG: A hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is an x-ray test that examines the uterus and determines if the fallopian tubes are open. A blocked tube reduces the chance of pregnancy.
Semen Analysis: This common test effectively measures the amount and quality of the male partner’s sperm.