So you and your partner have planned on starting a baby. Apart from being financially and emotionally ready, you need to be physically ready. In most instances, if you have a normal BMI and are within the optimum reproductive age (less than 35 years), you can most likely get pregnant when you increase the frequency of intercourse (2-4 times per week and double that during ovulation) with your partner.
Then, when should you consider an infertility evaluation?
- Age: If the expectant mother’s age is more than 35 years, it would be advisable
- Time frame: If you and your partner have been having regular & unprotected intercourse for about a year (or 6 months for female partner above 35 years of age) and still no pregnancy.
- A medical condition of the female partner: This can vary and range from:
- Irregular/painful periods
- Previous abdominal or pelvic surgery
- Previous miscarriage
- A medical condition of the male partner: This can vary and range from:
- History of low sperm count (a reduced number than normal)
- Poor sperm motility (does not swim/move quickly)
- Abnormal sperm morphology (shape is irregular)
Is an infertility evaluation right for you?
Well, as much there lies a taboo with discussing infertility if you notice that you and your partner have one or more of the above-mentioned conditions, it would be best to get an expert consult.
What should you keep in mind when considering an infertility evaluation?
- Have an open mind. This is just an evaluation to assess the reproductive potential of you and your partner.
- Avoid shame. There is nothing wrong with getting the right assistance as a couple.
- Focus on the end goal, i.e., to have a healthy baby.
- Know who to approach. This is very essential as apart from getting the right and best professional medical help, having a qualified person handle the issue with compassion is a must.
- Be prepared for the results. No matter what the outcome, be mentally and emotionally prepared right from the first step.