When is the Right Time to Seek a Fertility Specialist?
So, you and your partner make the decision that you are ready to begin “trying” to conceive. Congratulations! This is a huge step towards building the family you have always wanted. However, after making this decision the path to actually getting pregnant will be different for everyone. The path to conceiving might be short, long, or require professional help. During this uncertain time, the professionals at the NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York are here to help make this process as easy as possible.
Typically, it is best to start trying to become pregnant when you are under the age of 35. Around the ages of 35 and older, it gets more difficult for couples to naturally conceive without the help of a fertility specialist. If you are under the age of 35, we recommend coming to see a specialist if you and your partner have been trying to conceive for a year with no luck. If you are above the age of 35, it is best to try for about 6 months, and then to come see a specialist if you are still not pregnant. The sooner you get to a specialist, the better.
The best time to see a fertility specialist is before conceiving.
The sooner you start seeing a doctor, the better your chances are of conceiving. Any couple planning to have a baby should have a check up with a fertility specialist prior to conceiving. This is an important step in naturally conceiving because it rules out the chance of several diseases and infections that may affect fertility. The check up involves both partners, and screenings are done for pelvic inflammatory diseases, fibroids, chronic illness, blocked fallopian tubes, STDs and more. The doctor will usually check the woman’s uterus, fallopian tubes, and eggs, along with the man’s sperm count. By gathering all of this information, the doctor can make an informed decision regarding the couple’s ability to naturally conceive. The doctor may also treat any red flags found during the evaluation so that the patient is healthy enough to conceive and carry a baby to term.
When to seek fertility treatment?
If you have any of these symptoms.
A woman needs to be aware of her body and any changes while trying to conceive. For example, severe acne, absent or irregular periods, excessive facial hair, scalp hair loss, and daily pelvic pain are all symptoms that should be immediately brought to the attention of a doctor.
If you are unhealthy or have unhealthy habits
If you are overweight, drink a lot of alcohol, drink a lot of caffeine, use drugs, or smoke; you need to see a fertility specialist before conceiving. Your doctor will help you develop a plan for getting healthy so that you can carry a baby to term. All of the above factors could be affecting your fertility, and make for an unhealthy and dangerous pregnancy. It is important to develop healthy habits before getting pregnant or trying to get pregnant to ensure a healthy and happy pregnancy and baby!
If you want to have children, but don’t have a partner.
Many women in their 30s know they want a child, but either don’t have a partner or are simply not ready to have a baby yet. This is an excellent reason to see a fertility specialist, as they can help you figure out your options. There are several fertility programs available, such as freezing your eggs or using a sperm donor, so don’t let time stop you from making this important decision.
The path to having a baby is different for each and every person, but it is absolutely worth it. Schedule an appointment with a trusted reproductive specialist in New York to ensure that you are on the right track to conceiving a healthy baby.