You have plenty of time to start a family. So there’s no reason to have a fertility test.
That’s what you tell yourself.
Life’s funny, though. You never really know what turns your path will take, and what options you may or may not have at a critical time.
Here are some reasons women tell us when we suggest fertility testing before they are with a partner, and at the perfect time in life to have children.
1. I'm in the middle of my college experience. No babies for me!
Good choice. Don’t start a family until you are out of college. Taking a fertility test doesn’t mean you have to get pregnant.
2. I'm starting my career and need to focus on that for right now.
Nothing wrong with that. Get experience and make connections that you can rely on in the future, after your kids head to school and you are ready to rejoin the (paid) workforce.
3. My career is in full swing. I want to have a baby, but not right now.
Career and work – with the responsibilities and satisfaction – can be fun, satisfying and rewarding. It’s up to you to decide when and whether you are ready to put that on hold. The ticking of the biological clock gets louder in your 30s, but that doesn’t mean now is the time to get pregnant.
4. I haven't met the person that I want to have a baby with yet.
You’ve been listening to your mother – and that’s a good thing! Trying to raise a child with someone you aren’t committed to rarely ends happily ever after.
5. I'm not entirely sure that I want to have children.
We are the first to tell you that you don’t have to be a mom, ever. For some people, children are fulfilling and meaningful. And many people have fulfilling and meaningful lives without kids.
6. I get my period regularly and my mom was perfectly fertile. I'm sure I'm fine.
You are half-way to knowing that your child-bearing future is in good shape. You also know that half your genes come from your dad. That raises the question about whether you will be like your mom.
You might ask, why should that matter now?
Testing doesn’t commit you to having children
What we’re saying is that, in fact, there are good reasons to sign up for a fertility test even though you have absolutely no intention of having kids right now. Or even if you aren’t sure you ever will want to raise children.
One in eight people who do want to have children are diagnosed as infertile. It’s better, and easier, to know as early as possible what options you might pursue.
If you are in your 30s, the ticking of the biological clock coincides with a decline in the quality of your eggs. It’s true for everyone, and knowing if there are other issues will help you make plans for the day you do decide you want to become pregnant.
And although we don’t like to think about it, some of us get sick. The treatment for some diseases causes infertility. With preparation, you can have children after you recover your health.
What you can do with testing information
Treatment for infertility requires a commitment of time, money and mental and physical resources. If you do have fertility issues, knowing earlier than later will help you prepare to the fullest possible extent.
For instance, cryopreservation allows you to collect and freeze a number of your eggs for future use. This ensures your eggs will be as healthy as any 30-year-old’s even if you have them implanted in your uterus (with in vitro fertilization) when you are over 40.
When your eggs are preserved, perhaps you will decide to donate some to a woman who can’t produce viable eggs. While you might decide motherhood is not for you, your contribution could be a godsend to a couple without other options.
The AMH fertility test is easy, too
A blood test is now able to tell women, more easily than ever before, about their potential to become pregnant. This blood test, known as Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH), helps doctors determine your chances of becoming pregnant now and in the future. Unlike previous tests, it can be measured at any point of the menstrual cycle and does not require a sonogram. A woman can also have her AMH tested while still on birth control pills.
Think of fertility testing as an insurance policy and more importantly, a way to have peace of mind. Wouldn't it be great for you to know that waiting to have a baby will fit beautifully for your life plans?
Join us on Thursday, May 2 for an information session with a board-certified fertility doctor and free fertility testing!