Infertility Answers for Medical Monday - FAQs When Trying to Become Pregnant
Infertility Answers When Trying to Become Pregnant
Trying to become pregnant can become just that: trying.
Month in and month out, assuming that mother nature will work her magic and poof, the lines on the stick that you've just peed on turn blue (or pink or whatever they are supposed to do).
That's what we do, we assume it will all work properly and in a timely fashion.
We can excuse the first month not working (sometimes) and prepare again. The second month it doesn't work, it still may be ok. And it may not be. The third month it doesn't work and quite a few of us out here are now freaking out.
We read and know about infertility and that it's more and more common, especially as we get older.
By the fourth, fifth, sixth month, we are concerned.
And we're right to be.
Over 35, and six months is long enough to wait to seek qualified medical attention.
What does that mean?
Below, straight from our RMACT website, you can read just a few of the frequently asked questions (FAQ's) and the answers written by our clinical staff.
What is infertility?
Infertility is a disease or condition of the reproductive system often diagnosed after a couple has had one year of unprotected, well-timed intercourse, or if the woman has been unable to carry a pregnancy that results in a live birth. Is infertility a “women’s problem”? Infertility is a medical problem. Approximately 35% of infertility is due to a female factor and 35% is due to a male factor. In the balance of cases, infertility results from problems in both partners or the cause of the infertility cannot be explained.
How long should we try before we see a doctor?
In general, if you are less than 35 years old and have been trying for more than one year you should schedule an appointment with a fertility specialist. If you are greater than 35 years old we would like to see you after at least six months of timed, unprotected intercourse. However, if you have a reason to suspect you may have a problem getting pregnant such as a history of pelvic inflammatory disease, painful periods, miscarriage, irregular menstrual cycles, or if your partner has a low sperm count, you should seek help sooner. Many couples have a hard time admitting that there may be an infertility problem, but be reassured there are often many things we can do to help.
What is a Fertility Specialist or Reproductive Endocrinologist?
A fertility specialist, or Reproductive Endocrinologist, is a medical doctor who has been specially trained in the complex issues that can contribute to infertility. In addition to being trained as an Obstetrician/Gynecologist, which requires a four-year residency, a fertility specialist must complete an additional two to three year fellowship in reproductive endocrinology. This fellowship training is highly specialized to focus on the diagnosis and treatment of infertility and female endocrinology. A physician can become Board Certified in Reproductive Endocrinology by successfully completing the fellowship as well as written and oral examinations. Currently in the Unites States, there are only about 1,000 Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinologists. Specifically for infertility related to males, Urologists with a sub-specialty in Andrology are the most qualified experts as they have often completed two-year fellowships and passed exams to become Board Certified in Andrology.
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Stay tuned for next week's Medical Monday to find more tips about becoming pregnant and carrying the pregnancy successfully.
We know it's tough to wait when all you want is your baby in your arms.
We're here to wait with you.
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About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.