When Should You See A Fertility Consultant?

Possibly you may have been a bit stressful of late. It may be due to the fact that your partner happens to be traveling during ‘your right time’ or something else like a previous miscarriage or any other ‘deep-seated’ physiological or psychological issue that’s responsible for your seemingly unexplained infertility, month after month! If you’re not able to figure out what’s going wrong, it’s time to sit down with a fertility consultant and uncover the real cause of your problem.

When Should You See A Fertility Consultant?
“Many men and women do not realize the grave situation they’re putting themselves in if they don’t opt for an early diagnosis of their infertility problem.” according to one of our renowned consultants in reproductive medicine at Genome - the Fertility Centre. Once infertility is diagnosed, it can take up some time to counsel and the treatment procedures vary depending on the issue at hand. So if you’re in your mid 30’s chances are that you’re already in the borderline so you cannot wait much further to have a baby. If you have the slightest anomaly in getting pregnant ‘naturally’, don’t waste time by going through it all over again. Get an appointment with a reproductive consultant at the forefront. But “how do I know the tell-tale signs that it’s time to visit a fertility consultant?” Here, we have discussed the four common signs which will tell you that it is time to pick up the telephone or browse online and get an appointment with a fertility consultant at the earliest.

1. “We’ve been trying for months without success, is something wrong with me?”
While trying to conceive and not being able to, is quite frustrating, stats show that only 1 in 8 couples actually struggle with infertility. The reason for not being successful can stem from various source and may even be psychological rather than being physiological at all. So don’t be judgmental about your partner’s or even your own incapability. Successful pregnancy occurs only when several biological conditions are fulfilled. Fertility specialists opine that women over 35 years should not wait for more than 6 months of trying without success and see a reproductive specialist right away. For the under 35 crowds, that wait should not be more than 1 year. Infertility stats have shown that male infertility accounts for 40% of all infertility issues among couples. Thus it might not be you at all but your partner who might need the help of the reproductive consultant.

2. “I have a pre-existing condition, will I get pregnant at all?”
There exists a number of women’s health-related conditions which may impact her fertility and pregnancy. Some of these conditions may be diagnosed during her early childhood but most others remain dormant and hence completely undetected till the time it starts acting as a hindrance to fertility and pregnancy. Common anomalies include – abnormalities in the uterus, an imbalance in hormones leading to the underdeveloped reproductive system as well as endometriosis, PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome etc. Make sure that these issues are detected as soon as possible and treated properly at the earliest. The sooner these medical conditions are treated the better your chances of starting off with a healthy and happy parenthood.

3. “I have had more than one miscarriage, will I ever be successful?”
It’s not a problem at all. There are several women who had multiple miscarriages and yet went on to have a successful pregnancy and are proud moms! Miscarriages can occur due to a lot of factors, however, most common causes are structural anomalies in the cervix lining or in the lining of the uterus. Miscarriages can occur due to hormonal imbalance, and may even occur due to chromosomal abnormalities. But fortunately, most of the above anomalies and abnormalities are treatable nowadays but only after a thorough diagnosis at a reputed fertility clinic under the watchful guidance of a reproductive consultant and specialist.

4. “I’m having irregular periods and sometimes missing periods, am I getting infertile?”
Irregular periods can occur due to multiple reasons and there’s no shortage of the possible causes for missing (absent) periods as well. Abnormalities in the menstrual cycle can occur due to varied factors including diabetes and irritable bowel syndrome. While over-exercise and rapid weight loss can be the contributing factor to an absence of periods, a clinical condition called amenorrhea. Besides, stress and infertility are related, so a stressful life can always have the propensity to play havoc and disturb your normal course of fertility.

These tell-tale signs are not be taken lightly and even at the earliest instance you should talk to a fertility specialist and discuss at length the root cause of your condition. With a proper guidance from a reproductive consultant, you’ll discover your own personal reason and be able to find the solution ever sooner! All the best!

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