Understanding Infertility

When is it appropriate to see a fertility specialists?

Infertility is defined as not having a child after one year of trying in a woman 34 or less, or after 6 months of trying in a woman 35 or older.  If you meet this definition then seeing a doctor who specializes in fertility medicine is very appropriate.

Some couples don’t meet the strict definition of infertility, but they have a known issue that leads to a decreased chance of having a baby.  These include conditions such as menstrual cycle problems (irregular or absent menstrual cycles), fallopian tube problems including tubal surgery, ectopic pregnancy, tubal ligation (tubes tied), pelvic infections, pelvic adhesions, endometriosis, known sperm problems, trouble getting pregnant in the past and history of treatment with chemo or radiation therapy.  If you have one of these issues or any other issue that is associated with infertility you should see a fertility specialist sooner rather than later.  It does not make sense to wait a year or even 6 months before seeing a doctor because the possibility of conception may be very low.

Trying to have a child and not succeeding is very stressful.  Sometimes I see patients that just have general questions about their fertility.  If you have concerns then seeing a fertility doctor is appropriate.  For most of these patients we never need to start formal fertility treatment.  Often times just seeing a specialist and knowing that there is no major issue can give couples the confidence to try and succeed on their own! 


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