When to seek help with a fertility specialist
While there is no right or wrong time to visit your doctor, if you are above 30 and have been trying for 1 to 2 years, it is advisable to make an appointment. If you are 35 years and above, or if your doctor suspects that you suffer from any condition that may affect your fertility, investigations and tests may be initiated even before you have tried to conceive for a year.
What kinds of treatment are there?
Based on your fertility specialist's investigations and results, appropriate treatments will be recommended. In addition to counselling on issues such as expectations, timing and relationships, treatment options may include:
- Prescribed medication to induce ovulation.
- Reproductive surgery may be advised in some cases to correct tubal obstruction or treat endometriosis or remove cysts, fibroids and polyps.
- Intra- uterine insemination (IUI) or artificial insemination is a procedure that involves placing sperm inside a woman’s uterus to facilitate fertilisation.
- Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART) refer to the use of laboratory techniques to bring the egg and sperm together (fertilisation) outside of the woman's body.
Trying and trying
Infertility affects roughly one in seven couples worldwide at some point. Sometimes even the most advanced treatments may require multiple tries before experiencing success. The key is to be patient, communicate and never lose sight of the people you already have in your life!
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