When to See a Fertility Specialist

by | January 24th, 2011

Usually, women see their OB-GYNs for issues relating to their reproductive health. Most of the time, this scenario works out well. If you have been trying to conceive and aren’t having any luck, you may need to see a reproductive endocrinologist. Experts in the field of fertility and with infertility treatment, these specialists can help identify any issues preventing conception and work with you to find a solution so that you can welcome a child into your life.

The following list offers insight to help you decide if its time to give nature a little push:

  • You have tried to get pregnant for over one year

In any given month, you have about a 20 percent chance of conceiving. Because most couples will get pregnant after a year, doctors typically recommend that you start the process for a fertility work up after 12 months and no luck.

  • Women over age 35 who haven’t had success after six months

Though celebrities like Kelly Preston and Halle Berry have made the news for conceiving and giving birth in their 40s, your odds of getting pregnant decrease significantly after age 35. For the best chances of succeeding, consult a specialist if you don’t get pregnant in six months.

  • Anyone with pre-existing conditions

Certain medical issues, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, and low sperm count can hinder the likelihood of conceiving on your own. As well, past chemotherapy or physical blockages can also make seeing a fertility specialist the best move.

  • Individuals who have suffered two or more miscarriages

Sometimes, women don’t have trouble getting pregnant, but they aren’t able to sustain a pregnancy. A fertility specialist can run tests to determine the problem that may be causing repeated losses.

  • Irregular or absent menstrual cycles

If you don’t have a period every month, or they run much longer or shorter than 30 days, it’s a good idea to see a reproductive endocrinologist. Conception can’t occur without ovulation; often, irregular cycles are a sign that regular ovulation is an issue.

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