When To See A Fertility Specialist
Trying to conceive (TTC) can be a stressful time for many couples. Even when no underlying issues are present, the experience can be nerve-wracking and make even the most serene person constantly feel on edge. But for couples trying for extended periods, experts agree that seeing a fertility specialist can assist in addressing any problems and creating a realistic strategy to try to conceive successfully. So, when should couples consult the experts?
Timelines vary based on age
A set timeline exists for a couple trying to conceive naturally should meet with a fertility specialist after conception doesn't occur. But, depending on a woman's age, the timelines vary. Experts agree that for women under age 35, after a year of unsuccessfully trying to conceive, an appointment with a specialist is a good idea. For women over 35, the timeline is shortened to 6 months of unsuccessful trying.
Medical history also matters
Along with age, other factors may also mean that a couple should consult a fertility expert. In particular, couples with underlying medical conditions that could impact fertility should be proactive about seeing a specialist. Some specific medical conditions that could necessitate medical assistance include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and primary ovarian insufficiency (POI). Likewise, women who have undergone cancer treatment should speak with a fertility specialist as many treatments can impact fertility.
Previous multiple miscarriages
A miscarriage doesn't automatically mean that a woman is infertile. But multiple miscarriages can point to an underlying condition that might impact a woman's ability to carry a pregnancy. Whatever the reason, speaking with a specialist can be the first step towards addressing the cause and potentially continuing to carry a pregnancy to full-term successfully.
When male infertility is suspected
Conversations about fertility tend to focus on women, but for couples trying to conceive, the onus isn't solely on a woman. Infertility where the male partner is the deciding factor accounts for a third of all fertility cases. Incidentally, female infertility accounts for another third, and infertility in both partners completes the remaining third.
The complexities of fertility
While pop culture might give the impression that pregnancy is easy to achieve, the reality is that the process of getting and staying pregnant is complex. Couples struggling to conceive shouldn't feel embarrassed or isolated as difficulty with fertility is a common condition that impacts millions of people every year. But taking a proactive stance, especially if no known underlying conditions are present, is the first step towards trying to get pregnant successfully. For more information, speak with a fertility specialist.