When is it time to seek the help of a fertility specialist, more accurately known as a board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist?
Frequently, the focus is on how the woman in the fertility equation is doing- is she menstruating regularly, is ovulation occurring, is she capable of becoming and staying pregnant?
Those questions are vital, of course, equally important is the other side of the equation though.
When to See a Fertility Specialist
If a male/female couple has been trying to become pregnant for a year, in other words, has been having sexual intercourse with no use of birth control, it's time to make an appointment with a board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist. If you are a woman and you are over the age of 35, the time to try on your own is six months, as recommended by Dr. Joshua Hurwitz.
Dr. Cynthia Murdock reminded us that you don't have to wait until you've been actively trying to become pregnant. If you haven't used birth control, that's trying. That time without birth control counts even if the intention to conceive wasn't present.
Infertility in Women & Men
This video reminds us that pregnancy can only occur when both sides of the equation are contributing healthy cells. For the woman, it's an egg (ovum), for the male, it's sperm. Thank you to Robert Salaga for sharing how male factor infertility affected you and your relationship when you were trying to conceive a child.
Given that 40% of fertility challenges are related to the female, 40% are attributed to the male and 20% is a combination of the couple, it's essential that both partners are evaluated.
Seeing a physician specifically trained and qualified to support your efforts in having the baby you are dreaming of is a vital part of the equation.