What is the best time to have a baby? This is a personal choice and the one that takes significant planning. As part of this planning process, you can make a choice of freezing your eggs. This maybe done for any of the following reasons:
You may not be yet ready to start a family. This may be due to various reasons such as school, travel, career or even not having met the right partner yet. Freezing your eggs helps you in the future when you plan to settle down and have kids.
You may already have a child at home and you know that by the time you are ready for another one, you may be older and your egg supply may be affected. Freezing your eggs in your mid-to late-30s helps your preserve your fertility for the future when the time comes to have your second child.
You may have certain medical conditions such as endometriosis or a family history of premature ovarian failure. You may be even undergoing treatment for cancer that may impair your ability to have children. Egg freezing helps you in keeping your options open for the future.
You may be confused about having children at this point of time. Freezing your eggs provides you with the possibility later on when you have much clarity and want to have children.
Getting started is very simple. All you need to do is to schedule an appointment with us in which you will also schedule ovarian reserve testing. During your consultation, your physician will review your current fertility and see if egg freezing is a good option for you.
How to improve fertility
Fertility Treatment is more than using sophisticated diagnosis, testing, powerful medications and high-tech procedures. Several couples do not realize that lifestyle has a significant effect on fertility. In this age where we live fast-paced lives, it is easy to overlook our lifestyle and its impact on our health. However, a few simple choices and simple lifestyle changes can impact fertility health and the ability to conceive in a positive way.
Here, we offer you helpful suggestions for making positive changes in your lifestyle and taking control of your health, in order to maintain healthy fertility, overcome infertility as well as help ensure a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
How to know if you have infertility
Generally, infertility may be assumed under the following circumstances:
- When a woman under the age of 35 has no pregnancy after 1 year despite regular cycles.
- When a woman is between the age of 35 and 39 and is not pregnant after 6 months despite regular cycles
- A woman of age 40 or over is not pregnant after 3 months despite regular cycles.
The following few points can indicate infertility in either of the couple:
Are there any early warning signs that could indicate potential trouble getting pregnant?
Yes, there are early warning signs that can indicate problems with getting pregnant. The more proactive you are in seeking an early intervention; the better your chances are for success. Here are a few early warning signs:
- Absence of menstrual period on a regular basis is an important indicator.
- Infertility may occur at any age, but the risk increases after the age of 35.
- In case, the husband has problems achieving a proper erection or is unable to ejaculate in the vagina, this may signal a problem.
- If the male or female has a history of genetic disorder, this may affect the couple's ability to conceive.
- In case of a complex medical condition, counselling is recommended in order to know the risks of pregnancy prior to conceiving.
Two or more miscarriages increase the probability of a fertility problem.
Are there any other signs I should watch out for?
Yes, here are a few more signs. Women of any age with any of the conditions given below should proactively consult a physician about how these conditions can affect pregnancy:
- Periods which are extremely painful
- Irregular menstrual cycles, which is a sign of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Diagnosis of endometriosis
- A history of pelvic related surgery
How do I seek help if I don't get pregnant?
This is very simple. A general gynaecologist/obstetrician (GYN/OB) and urologist can run some basic female and male diagnostic tests. This can be done by a reproductive endocrinologist or reproductive urologist as well.
An evaluation by an OB/GYN typically includes the following:
- A detailed medical history.
- A transvaginal ultrasound is performed on the second, third or fourth day of the menstrual cycle. This is to count the number of follicles or egg sacs in each ovary.
- Ovarian reserve testing with blood test through ReproSource Laboratories to check follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), estradiol, and anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) levels.
- A hysterosalpingogram (HSG) in order to check if the Fallopian tubes are open.
Can men be infertile?
YES, infertility need not be limited to women. In several cases, the man's sperm can be severely compromised. This can be a reason why couples find it difficult to conceive. Several semen analyses demonstrate abnormal sperm, which may be a contributing factor to infertility. This is the reason why your fertility specialist must test both the husband and wife for infertility when the woman is facing difficulty in conceiving.
What does male evaluation involve?
Male fertility evaluation involves the following:
- A detailed medical history and a
- Semen analysis
When is the right time to consult a fertility specialist?
- Consult a fertility specialist when you feel that you meet the definition of infertility as described earlier
- When basic treatment has not resulted in pregnancy even after 6 months, or
- When severe male factor exists
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