Many couples believe having a baby will happen naturally and with very little effort; but sometimes, that is not the case. Unfortunately, 1 in 7 couples struggle with infertility. Because time is of the essence, Dr. James Douglas and the team at IVF Plano want patients to understand when they should look for assistance in beginning or expanding their families.
As a general rule, couples that have had regular, unprotected sex for 12 months and no resulting pregnancy should consult a fertility specialist for a complete fertility evaluation. Approximately one-third of the time, female infertility is the issue; one-third of the time, the culprit is male factor infertility; and the other one-third of the time, the cause is usually unknown.
In the following cases, you should consider the time right to consult a fertility specialist to maximize your odds of conception:
1. Women over age 35
As a woman ages, her fertility naturally begins to decrease. Menstrual irregularity, hormone imbalance and poor egg quality can make pregnancy more difficult. If you are 35 years or older and have tried for six months without success, you need to consider talking with a reproductive endocrinologist like Dr. Douglas.
2. Women with a history of recurrent miscarriage
Sometimes, a woman can get pregnant, but she has difficulty carrying the pregnancy to term. After two miscarriages, consult a fertility specialist so that you can have a full assessment to identify potential causes for your repeated pregnancy loss.
3. Women with irregular or absent menstruation
If you don’t ovulate, you cannot get pregnant. Dr. Douglas can analyze hormone levels to determine what may be the issue.
4. Single women or same-sex couples
At IVF Plano, we respect that families come in all shapes and sizes. Dr. Douglas can partner with single women or same-sex couples to help these individuals welcome a beautiful baby into their lives.
5. Couples known to carry certain genetic diseases
In the cases of illnesses and diseases such as cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, Tay-Sachs disease and Turner syndrome, preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) can be used to screen embryos and only transfer those unaffected by these conditions.
If you have tried to get pregnant to no avail, we can help. With extensive training and experience treating infertility, Dr. Douglas can enable you to achieve your dreams of a healthy baby. Contact our Dallas area fertility clinic today to schedule a consult with a caring fertility specialist.