When you have been trying to fall pregnant for a while, it is normal to wonder why it might not be happening. This could be the right time to consult a fertility specialist, as they may be able to put your mind at ease, answer any questions and discuss your fertility treatment options. Scheduling an appointment with a fertility doctor means you are being proactive instead of waiting it out for your next menstrual cycle. Discover the right time to see a fertility specialist.
What Is Infertility?
Infertility is a term used when encountering issues conceiving and can affect both men and women. Dr. Kelvin Larwood is a friendly and professional fertility specialist who is able to assist individuals and couples with their fertility concerns. For some individuals, there may be a simple solution to their infertility issues whereas it can be more complicated for others. Therefore consulting a fertility specialist for fertility problems is important to ensure you receive the appropriate care and treatment.
If you are under 35 and have been trying to conceive for over 12 months, it is time to seek professional medical advice. For those over 35 years and you think there may be a fertility problem you shouldn’t wait any longer than 6 months to seek medical help.
Common causes of infertility include sperm disorders, ovulation disorders, endometriosis, fallopian tube blockages or sexual dysfunction. Dr. Larwood is a highly experienced gynecologist that is able to explain these causes and implement an appropriate care plan for you.
Other Contributing Factors
If you fall outside of the common causes of infertility, there are other contributing factors for not being able to conceive. If you have experienced any of the following, you may want to seek fertility treatment:
- Menstrual cycle irregularities such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
- Hereditary medical conditions such as premature menopause or blood clotting disorders
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Significant scrotal trauma, low sperm count or other sperm issues affecting male fertility
- Same sex couple or an individual
- You or your partner have had chemotherapy
- Your partner has had a vasectomy or you have had a tubal ligation
At your initial consultation with Dr. Larwood once he has reviewed your medical history, you may need further testing. If a semen analysis comes back normal, testing will be required for the female. These tests include a blood test to check hormone levels, a PAP test to check the cervix and an x-ray to identify any abnormalities in the uterus.
Are There Any Treatment Risks?
Fertility treatment is the most accessible that it has ever been but like with any medical treatment there are risks involved. Some fertility treatments include the chance of multiple pregnancies. Increasing the risk of premature labour and birth along with other maternal complications.
Another risk of fertility is over stimulation, which can cause pain and discomfort. Many of these side effects are more prevalent after long term use of fertility medication, which is why you may want to give your body the best chance to conceive naturally.
Trying to conceive can be a very emotional process, especially if you have been waiting a significant amount of time to see a positive pregnancy test and have been doing ‘everything right’. If you have any concerns about your ability to conceive naturally, scheduling an appointment with Dr. Kelvin Larwood may be the next step you take in your fertility journey.