Is Infertility Evaluation An Option For You? Know When You Can Consider It

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?

  1. Have an open mind. This is just an evaluation to assess the reproductive potential of you and your partner.
  2. Avoid shame. There is nothing wrong with getting the right assistance as a couple.
  3. Focus on the end goal, i.e., to have a healthy baby.
  4. 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.
  5. Be prepared for the results. No matter what the outcome, be mentally and emotionally prepared right from the first step.
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Aishwarya

Dr. Aishwarya Rajeev has completed her MDS degree and is currently pursuing her PhD. She is an avid reader and loves to teach and write!

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