Are you considering scheduling a consultation with a fertility doctor?
For those trying to conceive but who have not yet been able to do so, the decision to see a specialist comes down to timing. When you’re anxious for a positive pregnancy test, it’s understandable to seek answers as to why you have yet to conceive. There is a right time to contact a fertility clinic, and this can come down to a number of factors.
How old are you?
Fertility is very closely tied to age, particularly for women. Both the quality and quantity of your eggs peak around age 25 and then steadily decline until age 35, when the decline becomes sharper. Because of this, it is recommended that women 35 and older visit a fertility doctor if they are unable to conceive after trying to do so for six months. If you are younger than 35, you can wait for up to a year until visiting a fertility doctor.
Are other medical factors impacting your fertility?
It should be noted that if you have specific concerns relating to fertility or reproductive care, or if there are medical factors that could impact conception, it’s important to reach out within a shorter time frame. For example, women and men who have previously undergone such cancer treatments as chemotherapy or radiation may struggle with undiagnosed fertility issues stemming from the effects of such therapies. Other examples are women with PCOS or endometriosis, where conceiving and maintaining a healthy pregnancy can be difficult. A final example is premature or early menopause.
Should you visit your gynecologist first?
There are situations in which it is appropriate to check in with your gynecologist prior to seeing a fertility doctor, especially if you are under 35, though it is possible that the gynecologist visit will simply result in a referral to a specialist.
You gynecologist may be able to provide an initial diagnosis that can later be confirmed by a fertility doctor.
If you’d like to schedule an initial consultation with a fertility doctor, please contact Fertility Solutions today. Our fertility specialists offer the personalized, one-on-one care patients seek and deserve. We’re happy to provide a review of your personal and family medical history and work toward a diagnosis and treatment plan.