If you and your partner are in your mid-thirties and finding it difficult to conceive an early referral to a fertility specialist is recommended. Female fertility begins to decline after the age of 30 and more rapidly from the age of 35 years.
When should I think
of consulting an infertility specialist
If you are 19 years old, only married
for 6 months and already worrying about why you are not yet pregnant, your
worries are probably unnecessary and rather premature. If, on the other
hand, at the age of l9 you are only having 2 or 3 periods a year, then
it is a good idea to consult the doctor. It is better to attempt to regularize
your menstrual cycle earlier than later because irregular periods means
fewer opportunities to get pregnant.
If you and your partner are in your
mid-thirties and finding it difficult to conceive an early referral to
a fertility specialist is recommended. Female fertility begins to decline
after the age of 30 and more rapidly from the age of 35 years.
I am scared of going
to a fertility specialist
This is a common sentiment amongst
women who have been trying to become pregnant for some time without success.
Some women feel that by going to a fertility specialist they are admitting
to themselves that they have a problem. Women all around them seem to become
pregnant so easily, so surely it is just a matter of time. In this way,
women swallow their disappointment month after month burying their heads
in the sand like ostriches. They live in fear that the doctor will pass
the verdict that they are infertile. The attitude is one of 'ignorance
My neighbors and friends
are always giving me advice
When it comes to pregnancy, everybody
and his cousin thinks that they are experts on the subject. While the advice
offered by your friends, relatives and neighbours is well-intentioned,
it may not be accurate and could be harmful. The fact remains that your
doctor is the best person to approach for professional advice. Your family
doctor is a trained professional. If he has an interest in infertility
problems, there is a considerable amount that he can do in the way of giving
advice and initiating basic investigations. If he has no particular interest
in infertility, he should at least be able to refer you to someone who
can help you.
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