Finding a Fertility Specialist at the Right Time
Couples who are ready to build a family often expect that it’s just a matter of deciding when to start trying. Although it can be a very natural, easy process for some, over 1 in 7 couples encounter some issues with infertility.
5 Good Reasons to Consult a Fertility Specialist
At Midwest Reproductive Center we find that many couples are unsure of when to consult a fertility specialist on their path toward parenthood. Reproductive endocrinologist, Dr. Dan Gehlbach, advises hopeful parents in the Kansas City area to start seeking fertility assistance if they fit the following criteria:
1. Couples who have been trying to get pregnant for a year
Most couples get a positive pregnancy test within a year of trying. If after a year there’s no baby on the way, it’s time to investigate whether or not there are underlying medical or health issues that might prevent conception. This is true even for couples who already had children in the past.
2. Couples with a female partner over 35 that have been trying without success for 6 months
As women age, so do their eggs. This means that after age 35, both egg quality and quantity can diminish. If pregnancy doesn’t occur after six months of trying, it’s a good idea to consult a fertility specialist to determine if egg quality is an issue, and to seek appropriate treatment.
3. Women over 35 who want to have babies in the future
Many single or coupled women aren’t ready to start a family for various reasons until after they are 35. In these cases, it’s best to consult with a fertility specialist sooner rather than later to discuss fertility preservation options – like egg or embryo freezing – to ensure pregnancy will be an option when they are ready for a baby.
4. Women who experience irregular periods
Irregular periods can be a sign of a problem with ovulation, and without ovulation, there’s no chance for fertilization. Your fertility doctor can order tests to determine what the underlying cause is, and help regulate your cycle through various treatment options.
5. Women with a history of frequent miscarriage
Sometimes getting pregnant isn’t as much of a problem as keeping the pregnancy. After two miscarriages, a woman should consult a fertility specialist to have a full assessment to identify potential causes for repeated pregnancy loss.
If your situation falls into any of these categories, it’s time to get the professional guidance of a board-certified fertility specialist like Dr. Gehlbach. Contact us to schedule an appointment for an individualized fertility consultation.