If you are planning to start a family a fertility check can help you make important decisions about timing and the choices that you may need to make to make the plan a reality. We encourage couples to visit the Midlands Fertility Clinic together to do a Fertility Wellness check. This will consist of a blood test and ultrasound scan for a female. The male will be requested to give a sample of semen.
A fertility assessment is suitable for couples or individuals who are considering a fertility treatment or who just wish to gain an understanding of their fertility for the future.
You will be asked to visit the clinic, to have a thorough consultation with one of our fertility experts. You will be asked about your general health and any medical problems you may have had in the past, as well as about any menstrual problems the female partner may be experiencing.
You will also be asked how long you have been trying for a child and whether you have had any problems in terms of sexual intercourse – pain during sex or difficulty in ejaculating can both cause fertility problems.
The woman may need to give blood samples around seven days before she is due to start menstruating, to check that she is ovulating normally, and men are usually asked to provide a semen sample, which can then be analysed in the laboratory to check the quantity and motility of the sperm, among other things.
If all these tests come back clear, then the woman may need to undergo ultrasound scans and X-rays of the pelvis, which should be able to show up any blockages. It may be that more invasive checks are needed, such as a hysteroscopy or laparoscopy.
It is up to the individual to decide how far they are willing to go in diagnosing infertility issues. If all the tests have come back clear, then it may be that your fertility problem will resolve itself in time and you may even be able to conceive naturally. If you prefer not to wait any longer for that to happen then you can commence TSI/ IUI/IVF/ICSI treatment as soon as you choose. The role of our specialists is to provide you with all the information and advice you need, in a supported and relaxed environment, so you can make these important decisions.
To give your fertility treatment the best chance of success, it is important that your lifestyle is as healthy as possible. This means maintaining a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and avoiding any excessive stress.
At the Midlands Fertility Clinic, we believe that our unique, holistic approach to fertility treatment, that nurtures the physical and mental well-being of the couple at the same time as providing expert medical care, sets us apart.
It is estimated that in about a third of cases there can be an issue with the male however it is well documented that male factor infertility is on the increase worldwide. Female issues are diagnosed also in a third of cases, with a third combined factor, both male and female. 10% of cases are of unknown origin.
Many things can change a woman’s ability to have a baby. These include:
– Excess alcohol use
– Poor diet
– Athletic training
– Being overweight or underweight
– Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
– Health problems that cause hormonal changes, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome and primary ovarian insufficiency
Many women are waiting until their 30s and 40s to have children. Age is a growing cause of fertility problems. About one-third of couples in which the woman is over 35 have fertility problems.
Aging decreases a woman’s chances of having a baby in the following ways:
– Her ovaries become less able to release eggs.
– She has a smaller number of eggs left.
– Her eggs are not as healthy.
– She is more likely to have health conditions that can cause fertility problems.
– She is more likely to have a miscarriage.
Most experts suggest at least one year. Women 35 or older should see their doctors after six months of trying. A woman’s chances of having a baby decrease rapidly every year after the age of 30.
Some health problems also increase the risk of infertility. So, women should talk to their doctors if they have:
– Irregular periods or no menstrual periods
– Very painful periods
– Pelvic inflammatory disease
– More than one miscarriage
It is a good idea for any woman to talk to a doctor before trying to get
pregnant. Doctors can help you get your body ready for a healthy baby. They
can also answer questions on fertility and give tips on conceiving.
Painful periods do not necessarily mean infertility. Regular painful periods are an indication of ovulatory cycles. However progressive pain before the menses or during the sexual act may signify endometriosis. Irregular menses should be investigated especially if you are obese.
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